Latifah Muhammad
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Council Members In Florida City Ban Residents From Wearing Saggy Pants

 

Residents in Cocoa, Fla. are going to have to pull their pants up. Council members in the Central Florida city voted Tuesday (Oct. 24) to ban people from wearing sagging pants in the city. 

In a 3-1 vote, the ordinance, which will be enforced on Jan. 1, 2013, calls for an end to “a person in public” from wearing clothing including skirts exposing “undergarments or skin.”

Specifically people in the city are now prohibited from wearing clothing more than 3 inches below the waistline, in hopes to “preserve the quality of urban life.”  Given its small population, the city also wants to maintain a level of appropriateness in specific locations:

 “The City is essentially a small family oriented, suburban community, having a population of less than eighteen thousand (18,000) people; The City desires very much to continue to be a community that contains and is known for traditional wholesome public recreation activities, historic facilities, and educational opportunities.”

Violators of the new law, will face a $25 fine, while repeat offenders will be hit with an increased fee topping $100, but will not face criminal repercussions.

The battle against sagging pants has erupted all over the country. In March, a senator in New York City proposed that public school enforce the same law.

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