Asbury Park tells visitors to keep their top on

If you were among the people hoping to get a topless beach in Asbury Park, those hopes were dashed tonight:

The idea was the brainchild of a yoga studio owner who has sunbathed without a top in Europe and Miami. She wanted to do it legally here, and last month proposed allowing women to remove their tops while at the Eighth Avenue beach. The council directed its staff to review the idea.

But after city attorney Frederick Raffetto gave a rundown tonight on the municipal laws that prevent topless sunbathing, the council made no comment and took no further action.

Supporters thought the move would help revitalize tourism while opponents thought it would keep people away. For now, they don’t need to worry about who is right.

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