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If you plan on going to Kure Beach, in North Carolina, bring your sunscreen and shades, but please leave your thong behind.
The seaside community has adopted a zero tolerance policy on anyone wearing the 'barely-there bikini' by the shore.
“You can do what you want to in your own space,” said Mayor Dean Lambeth, “but for public decency keep it off the public beach.”
Mayor Lambeth told CNN he and the town supervisors last week unanimously approved the ordinance banning the skimpy bathing wear.
“Everything we do is family oriented. We like the small town atmosphere,” Lambeth said.
The decision to forbid thongs was triggered by a couple’s recent inquiry about spending their honeymoon in Kure Beach, Lambeth said. According to the mayor, the couple wanted to know if they could wear thongs. The man thought the town’s policy on the matter was ambiguous,” Lambeth said. After consulting with the police chief, he determined the ordinance should be amended to better address the issue.
Section 12-32 of the Code of the Town of Kure Beach, which was adopted on April 22, now reads as follows:
“It shall be unlawful for any person being naked or insufficiently clothed thereby causing improper exposure of his or her person to bathe or swim in the Atlantic Ocean or sun bathe within the boundaries of the town limits or being so naked or insufficiently clothed to bath or swim in any other public or exposed place within the town jurisdiction. Thong bathing suits or similar attire are specifically prohibited.”
Anyone wearing a thong on the beach will be fined $25.
Lambeth said reaction to the no-thong policy has been overwhelmingly positive. “I have gotten probably 100 emails from all over the u.s. supporting our stance,” he told CNN. “I’m getting calls from New York, California that they are glad somebody is finally taking a stand for public decency.”
Lambeth, who said Kure Beach’s population swells from 2,500 to 11,000 in the summer, described the town as “nice, slo-mo, and conservative.”
“We’re just a small southern community and that’s how we’re going to keep it,” he said.
He also suspected the decision on the thongs could end up in court. “You can file a suit – the way this country is leaning so far left, it wouldn’t surprise me,” he said. “They want to challenge it? They want to spend the money? Go for it.”
Lambeth said people can wear thongs in their homes and backyards. And with his policy in place, he told CNN he’s content.
“I’m sitting out here looking at the ocean and don't see a damn thong in sight.”
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