Cocoa considers baggy pants ordinance

August 10th, 2010 by Staff

By Talitha Vickers
FOX 35 News
COCOA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) –
Pants hanging below the waistline could become outlawed in the city of Cocoa. Some city officials are considering adopting an ordinance to pan saggy pants in an effort to prevent indecent exposure.

Cocoa Mayor Mike Blake told FOX 35′s Talitha Vickers that the purpose of the ban is not to violate a person’s freedom of expression, but to help clean up the city and prevent people from seeing things [underwear] from being shown in public.

City officials want to hear input from the public about the ban. A public hearing date has not been set but city officials are hoping to hear from teens, parents, teachers and Cocoa residents to get a better grasp of the pro and cons of the proposal.

“Hopefully that’s all it will be is just a warning. Maybe one maybe two will get a citation but right now,” said Deputy Mayor Jim McCarthy. “That’s something that were still working on. It’s not actually something that we are going to use to write tickets and generate revenue. It’s just trying to clean up our city like other cities do.”

Currently other cities in states like Georgia, Louisiana and Virginia have laws against saggy pants that can result in warnings, fines and jail time.

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