No More Saggy Pants in Ocala
Published July 15th, 2014
OCALA, Fla. -- Some members of the Ocala City Council want the city's "saggy bottom boys" to look a little more like "dapper Dan."
They are meeting Tuesday night to vote on whether or not to crack down on sagging pants worn around town.
"Nobody likes to see the butt cracks when they're walking along"
"I don't really want to see people's underwear."
"I really don't think it's appropriate."
And the city of Ocala is saying no "ifs, ands or, butts."
Meaning saggy pants could soon be a crime.
"You gotta follow the rules, the law of the land."
The city is claiming the purpose of the ordinance is to "promote, protect, and improve the health and welfare of the citizens."
By prohibiting insufficient clothing or inappropriate style on all city owned property.
Especially city parks or recreational facilities where children and families frequent.
"I have young kids, nine and six, that I really don't want seeing that and we make them wear belts to school and tuck their shirts in and look presentable, professional, and I'd like to see the city of Ocala stand up to that reputation."
Ocala isn't the only city in the state putting an end to the trend.
Cities from Cocoa Beach, Jacksonville, and Opa-Locka are telling "saggers" to pull their pants up.
But should any city be allowed to tell people how to dress?
"If pants are sagging to the point that it's exposing sexual organs or are somehow indecent, yes. I would think if it exposed ones behind to the point that it was offensive, that might be upheld," says attorney, Larry Turner.
And soon, Ocala may have to pull their pants up as well.
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