Ocala Mayor Says He Doesn't Support "Saggy Pants" Ordinance
Published July 30th, 2014
Ocala residents have been under scrutiny for their appearance during the last two weeks.
But their mayor says he thinks the new "saggy pants" ordinance violates first amendment rights.
Mayor Kent Guinn told TV20 Wednesday that he does not support the new ordinance that restricts people from wearing pants "below their natural waistline" on city property.
Violators of the ordinance could receive a warning, pay a $500 fine or even face up to six months in jail.
Some residents believe the ordinance is a good idea because they find low pants offensive but others feel it's an infringement on their rights.
"And what about a 17-year-old child going to jail for something like that? I mean, that's not a crime," said Ocala resident Angela Clark. "We should save jail time and these expensive fees for real crimes."
Mayor Guinn did admit that he accidentally signed the law when he meant to strike it.
He now wants to persuade city council members to reconsider the ordinance in the next meeting on August 5th.
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