Pole dancer on Maryland boardwalk draws criticism

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- In 2012, Ocean City stopped regulating street performers due to a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Recent controversy has leaders in the resort town believing it might be time to revisit the rules, WBOC reported.

The town has apparently fielded complaints about a street performer who was pole dancing on the boardwalk. 

The woman, identified as Chelsea Plymale, was dressed in a bikini, and seen dancing on a portable pole Saturday evening. Her performances were drawing large crowds, and also criticism. 

“I mean I knew people were going to be shocked, but I didn’t know I was going to be you know pushed into the spotlight like this,” she said.

Criticism has been coming from every inch of the boardwalk–from business owners to concerned parents.

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said since the town lost the lawsuit in 2012 street performers do not need a permit. They can regulate what areas they perform on the boardwalk, but not their particular performances.

“Basically the street performers can go up there as long as they aren’t breaking any other laws and they’re performing and exercising their First Amendment rights. They have every right to be up on the boardwalk,” Meehan said. 

Read more at WBOC.


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