As we first mentioned a few weeks back, Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. was trying to get a boardwalk dress-code ordinance passed, and punning his way all over the media in support of it. Well, that ordinance — called “Establishing decency standards on the public Boardwalk” — passed yesterday, but it may never go into effect if the ACLU has anything to say about it.
According to the Inquirer, the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says the ordinance is a “violation of constitutional and civil rights.” The executive director of the NJ ALCU, Udi Ofer, told the Inky that “the agency would consider a lawsuit to stop the city from targeting youths – particularly minorities – who might be partial to wearing pants so loose that their underwear, or worse, shows.” Ofer contended that “bad taste is not a crime,” and we believe if it was, half of Wildwood’s boardwalk shops would be shuttered within moments. As it stands now, the ordinance is set to go into effect on July 2nd, and violations will carry fines from $25 to $200 in addition to 40 hours of community service. A Wildwood resident told the Inky, “People who choose to dress like that offend any person. There has to be some common standard of decency. It offends all of us,” without thinking about how her backwards townie mindset offends people who go to the shore for a good time. So yeah, we’d really, really, love it if you guys could all keep your shirts on, but we stand with the ACLU on the “don’t you have more important laws to enforce” front.