Rejoice for all, now women in Ocean City, Maryland can wander the beach completely topless legally. Their breasts now will see the light of day. Caution to exposing anything else. However, exposing ones breasts, may turn heads and garner more attention from the masses.
The news spread rapidly by local news source WBOC 16. Captain Butch Arbin from the Ocean City Beach Patrol, issued a memo earlier in the week about the announcement. All Beach Patrol employees will now fill out forms by outraged people over the profound change.
This is one of the side effects to such a radical change in policy. The Captain also stated, people should not approach the topless woman but report their complaint in writing to the nearest Beach Patrol officer or other staff on duty.
An isolated incident prompted the change in policy. Furthermore, women will no longer be fined for sun bathing topless or wandering the beach topless. This new law came into effect on the 20th of May this year and so far has remained in tact.
The Maryland Attorney General’s Office only mentioned so far: We don’t feel like we can tell people not to sunbathe topless.
“For the 44 years I’ve been guarding the beach in Ocean City, when we’d see people topless on the beach we would just tell them, ‘Hey, you can’t do that,’” Captain Arbin said.
The Associated Press identified the Eastern Shore woman as Chelsea Covington, a national advocate for the “top freedom” movement.
The following email was addressed to Adam D. Snyder, chief counsel in the Attorney General’s Division of Opinions and Advice. Here is the letter:
Dear Mr. Snyder:
Thank you for taking the time to speak to me regarding the above subject matter.
As I explained, Chelsea Covington is a female living in a neighboring county who advocates for the ability of females to go topless in public. She has written to this Office as well as the Ocean City Police Department asking for our opinion on the legality of this behavior. Her argument is essentially: If men can go shirtless, Equal Protection requires that women be allowed to go topless too.
I have examined the Annotated Code of Maryland, Criminal Law Article, Section 11-107 Indecent Exposure, Section 10-201 Disturbing the public peace and disorderly conduct, the Commissioner’s charging language (and Notes) and relevant case law. I desire the guidance of your Office and therefore am formally requesting that you opine on the issue. During our recent conversation you indicated that an opinion letter would take approximately three months to complete.
I appreciate your consideration and thank you in advance for the time and effort that you and your associates will invest in this issue.
If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
For now, women may roam around topless and enjoy the beach in a new way than before.