Should the Town of Carolina Beach be citing females wearing bathing suits that do not fully cover their backside? Well, one resident thinks so, but town leaders have different opinions. (Port City Daily/File)
CAROLINA BEACH — Should women be allowed to wear what they want to the beach, even if it means showing a bit more skin? In Carolina Beach, one resident has taken particular offense to what they claim are ‘public nudity violations all over the beach,’ including by female lifeguards.
Thongs on the beach have been outright banned in neighboring Kure Beach but in Carolina Beach, the town ordinance isn’t that clear.
The town’s public nudity ordinance states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to appear on any public beach, any public street or in any public park in a state of dress or undress so as to expose to the view of others the human male or female pubic area, pubic hair, anus, vulva or buttocks with less than a fully opaque covering.”
The mentioning of buttocks in the public nudity ordinance, in theory, could mean that thong bathing suits are forbidden. But local leaders are now saying they want to look into the town’s code and possibly ‘bring it into the 21st Century.’