Ocala Officials Seek Repeal of 'Saggy Pants' Ban

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

News Release: Associated Press
August 25, 2014

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Two Ocala officials want to repeal the city's so-called "saggy pants ban," an ordinance that prohibits anyone on city property from wearing pants that sag well below the waistline and expose undergarments.

The councilmen, Jim Hilty and Brent Malever, initially voted for the ban, but now say it's too ambiguous to enforce. The mayor has called for a special meeting on Tuesday to address the issue.

The ordinance, proposed by Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich, has come under fire from the NAACP and others who say it targets young black men.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Rich, who is black, denied the law targets any one group and says the saggy pants are disrespectful.

Violators can be fined up to $500 and spend up to 60 days in jail.


News Release: Associated Press
July 17, 2014

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- It's now illegal to wear low pants that expose underwear or bare buttocks in parts of Ocala.

The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an ordinance that prohibit anyone on city property from wearing pants two inches below their natural waist.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports this is the second time Councilwoman Mary Rich requested the ordinance. In 2009, no one seconded her motion. Mayor Kent Guinn said in 2009 that one of his objects was that the ordinance would lead to profiling. Rich told him the ordinance applies to both genders and all races.

The sagging pants ordinance is enforceable on city-owned or leased property, including sidewalks, streets, parks, sports, recreation and public transportation facilities and parking lots.

It is punishable by jail time and a $500 fine.


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