Pole Dance on Ocean City Boardwalk Raises Eyebrows
OCEAN CITY, Md. — 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 a 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 A town ordinance regulating street performers was rescinded in 2012 after a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union argued the rules were an impermissible restriction on free speech.
Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan tells WBOC-TV in Salisbury that he is not a fan of the performance but he does not believe the town has the authority to restrict it. The town issued a statement saying it is reviewing its legal options.
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