The City Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve an ordinance it had been kicking around for a couple months, setting the low point that pants can be worn on city property. That’s the uppermost and largest bone of the pelvis, which means that saggers who typically wear their pants below their buttocks to reveal their boxer shorts will have a lot of covering up to do.
Mayor Pro Tem James Brooks proposed the ordinance in August.
“It may be the style, but it’s disrespectful to me and it’s disrespectful to other people, too,” he said then.
Brooks also asserted pants worn low has an economic cost.
“We’re a tourist town,” he said. “We have people coming in, and it looks bad.”
Brooks wanted the ordinance enforced to its fullest effect immediately, a $25 fine for each offense, but Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green asked for and was granted 30 days to make residents aware of the law. During that time, violators will be issued warnings.
“This is so everybody can get accustomed to what we’re doing,” Green told the commission. “I always like to have that 30-day grace period.”
The city’s Code Enforcement officers and policemen will be charged with seeing that pants are pulled up to the proper height. Violating the ordinance is a non-jailable offense, City Attorney Nathan Williams said. Refusal to pay fines, however, is not. Those cases will go to Municipal Court.
“If someone refuses to pay the fine, they could be held in contempt of court,” he said, and the judge could decide to send the violator to jail until the fine is paid.