Ocean City Lets Women Ditch Their Bikini Tops

The beach patrol at a Maryland resort town is updating its policy on topless sunbathing. A spokesperson for the city told the Post, "The mayor and council have no desire to make Ocean City a topless beach", adding that there are no plans in place to do so.

Newsweek reports that Chelsea Covington, a self-described "topfreedom" advocate, issued a formal request to the mayor's office in August 2016, asking that women be allowed to remove tops alongside their male counterparts at the beach.

It's legal for women to be topless in a number of states - and cities - of the country.

But how would you feel if other beaches along the Shore adopted Ocean City's new approach?

"Our police department will respond to calls from the Beach Patrol and complaints from our beach patrons, should any activity of toplessness occur", officials further said.

The change in policy was quickly picked up by local media, and spread like wildfire over social media.

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At that time, Worcester County Attorney General Beau Oglesby ran the matter up the flagpole, requesting an opinion from Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh. "We want our lifeguards to have their eyes on the ocean, as the safety of our swimmers is their first priority".

Beachgoers in Ocean City, Md. this summer may see more topless women sunbathing there than they have in the past. The county state's attorney office reached out to the Maryland attorney general's office for its opinion on the issue.

They "are exploring what legal actions they can take to prevent topless women on the beach", the CBS station said. We have received dozens of phone calls, read thousands of comments and answered numerous emails from our residents and visitors expressing their concerns.

Meehan has been the mayor of Ocean City for 10 years.

Cover up or let it all hang out: the choice is yours (for now) in Ocean City, Maryland.

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