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Saggy Pants Ban Helps Wildwood Get Families to N.J. Shore

Like other New Jersey shore towns, Wildwood is trying to attract visitors after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the region in October. It just doesn’t want to see their underwear.

The Cape May County municipality has banned sagging pants on its boardwalk in hopes of making the resort community more family-friendly. Those caught with trousers that sink 3 inches (8 centimeters) below the hips, exposing either underwear or bare skin, are subject to fines of as much as $200 and 40 hours of community service. The ordinance also prohibits bare feet and going shirtless after 8 p.m.