Jersey Shore Town Considers Repeal of 1958 Bathing Suit Ban

The law has been on the books since 1958, but is not enforced

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    It's illegal to wear bathing suits along the boardwalk in one Jersey Shore town, but officials tell NBC 4 New York's Brian Thompson that the 54-year-old unenforced law will likely be repealed. (Published Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012)

    It's illegal to wear bathing suits along the boardwalk in one Jersey Shore town, but officials tell NBC 4 New York that the 54-year-old unenforced law will likely be repealed.

    The existence of the 1958 law -- which carries a fine of up to $2,000 and 90-day jail sentence -- was brought to the Asbury Park City Council's attention recently by Louise Murray, a former councilwoman and the chairwoman of the Asbury Park Republican Party.

    Deputy Mayor and Councilman John Loffredo said the law would be repealed. No date has been set for the vote.

    Murray declined to comment Tuesday, but beachgoers had plenty to say.

    "C'mon, it's 2012, you have to get into it, we want to wear our bathing suits on the boardwalk," said Nikki Del Pizzo, of nearby Ocean Township.

    Susanne Scwab, also of Ocean, was on the boardwalk with a friend and their children.

    "You work so hard all winter to get a nice beach body, you want to show it off a little bit," Scwab said.

    But her friend, Geri Girard, disagreed. She said the law governing proper beachwear is part of what makes Asbury Park better than the home of the infamous MTV show, "Jersey Shore."

    "This is what makes us nicer, it's better than Seaside," said Girard.

    Councilman Kevin Sanders, a former mayor, confirmed the law will not be enforced by police.

    "It is a totally different time, we have changed," Sanders said.

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