OCEAN CITY, Md. (CBS/AP) — A weekend street performance by a pole dancer on the Ocean City Boardwalk is, not surprisingly, getting some attention.
Ocean City officials say they received numerous complaints that the performance by woman in a bikini on a portable stripper pole is inappropriate for the family-friendly boardwalk.
Numerous street performers work the boardwalk for tips. A town ordinance regulating street performers was rescinded in 2012 after a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union argued the rules were an impermissible restriction on free speech.
Mayor Rick Meehan told CBS Baltimore,“Basically the street performers can go up there as long as they aren’t breaking any other laws and they’re performing and exercising their first amendment rights,” He added, “They have every right to be up on the boardwalk.”
One Facebook user said, “It’s an honest living so let her be, it’s not like she’s stripping completely in front of everyone.”
Another user countered, “That is appropriate in a bar or club for employees who are booked as dancers.”
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