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N.J. Beach Town Repeals 30-Year Speedo Ban (Warning: Graphic Picture)
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Posted on 05/02/2005 7:37:27 AM PDT by KidGlock

N.J. Beach Town Repeals 30-Year Speedo Ban

By JOHN CURRAN, Associated Press Writer Sat Apr 30, 7:53 PM ET

CAPE MAY, N.J. - Come on in, Speedo wearers, the water's fine: Your skimpy little swimsuits are legal now. For more than 30 years, this quaint little Victorian-themed resort at the southern tip of New Jersey said no to "skintight, formfitting or bikini type" bathing attire on males over the age of 12.

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For an ocean resort that once required men and women to swim at different times of day, wearing heavy woolen, cover-everything swimsuits, it made sense to modernize.

"It's a beach town, for God's sake," said Police Chief Diane Sorantino. The town also agreed to lift a rule that stopped bare-chested men from strolling along the beachfront promenade.

Not that everyone's cheering. It's often the older guys — the ones with beer guts, or wrinkly skin, or unsightly tufts of hair — who wear the tiny swimsuits.

"The people you want to see in the Speedos, you don't," said Maggie Creighton, 19, who works in a downtown lingerie store.

Locals who share the beaches with tourists said that despite the ban, the itsy bitsy suits have been a common sight in summer, even though most surf shops and beachwear retailers here don't sell them.

"A lot of people do come in and say `Do you carry Speedos?' said Becky Fitzgerald, sales clerk at Della's General Store. "It's the 40- to 50-year-old group who ask. And it's funny, their bodies aren't the shape for Speedos."

The swimsuit ban was enacted in the 1960s in response to complaints about gay men who wore the suits on the beach, according to former mayor Robert Elwell, who writes a Cape May history column for a local newspaper.

But the ban was rarely if ever enforced, according to the city, which voted to amend its beach regulations last week.

City Administrator Luciano Corea Jr. said the skimpy swimsuit ban was largely unknown. There was no push to eliminate it, but doing so made sense, he said.

"We had no complaints, and we've never issued a summons for it, to my knowledge," said Corea. "Technically, we could've left it on the books. It was never enforced anyway."

Vince Grimm, executive director of GABLES of Cape May County, a gay advocacy organization, said the ban was outdated and holds no particular significance for gays.

"We're no different than anyone else. If they (the suits) are in style, we wear them," said Grimm.

Charlotte Beheler, owner of Sports `n Stuff, which sells Speedos for $25.95, said they're not among her top sellers.

She doesn't expect any big boom in sales this summer — or an explosion of skin on the beaches. Neither does Speedo, which says the men's brief-style suits make up only 1 percent of the Los Angeles-based company's sales.

"I could see that people may buy more, but I don't think it'll be a huge dramatic change," said Speedo marketing manager Lesley Benko.

Still, some people will be watching the beaches this year just to see who's wearing what.

"I haven't been to the beach in years, but now I'm thinking I'll go down there this year," said Joann Quinn, of North Cape May. "The beach ought to be interesting this year."


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Sounded like a pretty common sense law to me.


1 posted on 05/02/2005 7:37:27 AM PDT by KidGlock
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To: KidGlock

That's not graphic, it's sickening.....


2 posted on 05/02/2005 7:39:13 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: KidGlock

I'd say that you'd ahve to have "balls" to wear that suit, but the guy in the pic obviously doesn't...


3 posted on 05/02/2005 7:39:31 AM PDT by ken5050 (The Dem party is as dead as the NHL)
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To: KidGlock

McGreevey must be pleased.


4 posted on 05/02/2005 7:40:27 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: anniegetyourgun

this is what I would term "PORNOGRAPHIC"


5 posted on 05/02/2005 7:40:35 AM PDT by CT CONSERVATIVE (Fight Crime: Shoot Back)
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To: KidGlock

Speedos are for Euros and fruits, period.


6 posted on 05/02/2005 7:40:46 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: ken5050

He looks like he's wearing his sisters underpants.


7 posted on 05/02/2005 7:41:02 AM PDT by linn37 (Have you hugged your Phlebotomist today?)
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To: KidGlock

Excuse me while I go hurl.....


8 posted on 05/02/2005 7:41:05 AM PDT by Bombardier (Not metrosexual at all!)
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To: KidGlock

The wearing of Speedos is one of those few areas where the government probably should intervene.


9 posted on 05/02/2005 7:41:30 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: KidGlock
YUK!

"The swimsuit ban was enacted in the 1960s in response to complaints about gay men who wore the suits on the beach, according to former mayor Robert Elwell, who writes a Cape May history column for a local newspaper. "

Expect an explosion of gay men AGAIN!

Gay men are VSISUALLY oriented. Cape May could become another gay haven.
10 posted on 05/02/2005 7:41:38 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: KidGlock
HA! HA! LOL!..I would think swimmers (that size) would stay close to the shore, otherwise they're likely to get "harpooned".
11 posted on 05/02/2005 7:41:47 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: KidGlock
Speedo, Mullet, beer gut, tatoo...

* shudder *

12 posted on 05/02/2005 7:41:58 AM PDT by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: Junior

Ugly porn ping.

Unless a man is swimming competitively he has no reason to wear a speedo. It sure isn't gonna help him get a woman.


13 posted on 05/02/2005 7:42:15 AM PDT by cjshapi
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To: KidGlock

Is that a Phi Beta Kappa Key around his neck?


14 posted on 05/02/2005 7:43:14 AM PDT by monkey
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To: KidGlock
Beached whale and bad mullet haircut alert!
15 posted on 05/02/2005 7:43:23 AM PDT by Che Chihuahua (Egoruptcy is the result of over-investment in one's inflated ego.)
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To: KidGlock

No need to post your personal photos here.


16 posted on 05/02/2005 7:43:51 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: DTogo; Owl_Eagle
"Speedo, Mullet, beer gut, tatoo..."

Eliminate Speedo, and change it to Leather and you got most of the people I know.

17 posted on 05/02/2005 7:44:26 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: KidGlock
When I was a kid and we vacationed in Wildwood/Cape May, we called those bathing suits "Canadians" because that's who wears them.

For reasons I do not know, Wildwood/Cape May is French Canadian vacation heaven. Even the menus in many restaurants are in English and French.

18 posted on 05/02/2005 7:45:12 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: KidGlock
You know what the worst part about that picture is? That man looks like that ON PURPOSE. He grows a mullet ON PURPOSE. He wears florescent speedos ON PURPOSE. He wears an unusual amount of necklaces ON PURPOSE. He thinks he looks good. He doesn't know any better. It's sad, really.
19 posted on 05/02/2005 7:46:11 AM PDT by jtminton (The E.P.A.: Bringing you higher gas prices since 1970!)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

There are still guys wearing mullets? I thought they were "over" in the 80's.


21 posted on 05/02/2005 7:47:27 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: KidGlock; pissant

....I thought for sure this was a pissant thread!


22 posted on 05/02/2005 7:48:07 AM PDT by SweetCaroline (Politicians and Diapers need changing often and for the same reason!)
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To: sarasota

Mullets have never gone out of style in South Jersey.


23 posted on 05/02/2005 7:48:31 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: sarasota

Long haired Bikers never change, they just keep it in the wind.


24 posted on 05/02/2005 7:48:49 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: dead

What's the person behind him taking a photo of?


25 posted on 05/02/2005 7:49:26 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: sarasota

I have no idea what his intended target is. Every possibility is horrifying.


26 posted on 05/02/2005 7:50:48 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

LOL!


27 posted on 05/02/2005 7:51:41 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: SweetCaroline

I generally stick to the female underwear. I let Kidglock have the men's lingerie department. ;o)


28 posted on 05/02/2005 7:52:57 AM PDT by pissant (select your paddle carefully)
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To: pissant
I let Kidglock have the men's lingerie department.

Hey, I didn't make the news. I only posted it.

BTW, you will see me on the next Anna K./Angela Jolie thread.

29 posted on 05/02/2005 8:01:06 AM PDT by KidGlock (Get in the pit and try to love some one)
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To: KidGlock

I think i want to hide and never leave the house again!


30 posted on 05/02/2005 8:02:02 AM PDT by mistress_of_tantra (Only when the last tree is dead, The last river damned, Will we realize that we can't eat money...)
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To: anniegetyourgun
That's not graphic, it's sickening.....

be thankful, be very thankful that I don't have Ted "Swimmer" Kennedy's Speedo pic.

Call to all; do NOT post that pic.

31 posted on 05/02/2005 8:02:02 AM PDT by steveegg (Bring back Hoosier, Firestone; SOMEBODY to get Badyear off their duffs and make a good tire.)
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To: KidGlock

If you start a anna-angelina romance thread, you might set the record for posts!


32 posted on 05/02/2005 8:03:12 AM PDT by pissant (select your paddle carefully)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Do you have a mullet too?


33 posted on 05/02/2005 8:04:07 AM PDT by pissant (select your paddle carefully)
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To: pissant

....like this!!!

34 posted on 05/02/2005 8:08:34 AM PDT by SweetCaroline (Politicians and Diapers need changing often and for the same reason!)
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To: SweetCaroline; Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Wow, is that really our beloved biker chick??


35 posted on 05/02/2005 8:10:25 AM PDT by pissant (select your paddle carefully)
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To: pissant
Long hair, no mullet. Sorry to ruin the fantasy, pissant.
36 posted on 05/02/2005 8:13:56 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: cjshapi

My eyes! My eyes! It burns!


37 posted on 05/02/2005 8:14:36 AM PDT by Junior (“Even if you are one-in-a-million, there are still 6,000 others just like you.”)
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To: KidGlock

Kind of looks like Richard Branson. Is this is a new publicity stunt?


38 posted on 05/02/2005 8:15:13 AM PDT by thecanuck
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To: pissant

Not me, but I know someone who looks like that.


39 posted on 05/02/2005 8:15:51 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

LOL!!


40 posted on 05/02/2005 8:15:55 AM PDT by pissant (select your paddle carefully)
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To: KidGlock

What this article is missing is the reason behind the law in the first place. The ban was put in to keep Cape May from being overrun by the French Canadians the way Wildwood was. And it worked. They all went to Wildwood where the speedos are everywhere. With prices going through the roof, Jerseyites and Pennsylvanians are returning to Wildwood to take advantage of the lower prices. Now, we may start seeing the Frenchies going to Cape May.


41 posted on 05/02/2005 8:19:27 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick
Wow, is that really our beloved biker chick??

....want me to smack him for you?

On second thought, maybe you could do that better than me, I'm just a wimpy housewife.

42 posted on 05/02/2005 8:20:12 AM PDT by SweetCaroline (Politicians and Diapers need changing often and for the same reason!)
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To: KidGlock

I've always said once a law is passed they hardly ever repeal laws (unless they are for tax cuts) and now this proves that the only "overturned" laws are laws that should be kept in place.


43 posted on 05/02/2005 8:23:09 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: SweetCaroline; pissant
"....want me to smack him for you?"

SweetCaroline, I can handle the light work thanks.

pissant, pray I don't treat you like BONO.

44 posted on 05/02/2005 8:28:56 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Unfortunately for you I'm the spanker not the spankee. Get in line woman!


45 posted on 05/02/2005 8:32:33 AM PDT by pissant (select your paddle carefully)
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To: pissant
I wasn't planning on spanking you, but obviously you are in need of one.

I am never in line, and I am not starting now. Nonconformity rules.

46 posted on 05/02/2005 8:35:55 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Hey, I'm not going to spring for your bail if you pull a "Bono" on me!


47 posted on 05/02/2005 8:40:34 AM PDT by pissant (select your paddle carefully)
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To: pissant

Are you trying to back out on the deal?


48 posted on 05/02/2005 8:42:07 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: pissant
Get in line woman!

Gezzeeee pissant, she's a biker chick !

....do you know who your messin with??

She could probably wipe the floor with you!

49 posted on 05/02/2005 8:43:51 AM PDT by SweetCaroline (Politicians and Diapers need changing often and for the same reason!)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

No! the Bono deal still stands, whether I end up having to spank you or not!


50 posted on 05/02/2005 8:44:25 AM PDT by pissant (select your paddle carefully)
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