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Caribbean Island Bans Bathing Suits downtown

Posted by deborahmclaren on January 11, 2009

Of interest – proper attire vs. much needed tourist dollars? In Grenada, public officials are opting for general respect. Here’s a story from AP:

Associated Press, January 10, 2009

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) — Bikini- and Speedo-clad tourists beware.

The Caribbean island of Grenada says it recently began enforcing an indecent exposure law banning bathing suits away from the beach, as well as saggy pants that reveal the underwear.

Police commissioner James Clarkson says violators are usually just ordered to cover up. But the law allows for a $270 fine or six months in jail.

At least a few locals are contesting fines.

Clarkson said Friday that cruise ships usually inform passengers of proper non-beach attire, but “from time to time, there is the one or two who take their chances.”

He said a few months ago police ordered several tourists wearing swimwear at a fort to return to their cruise ship and put on some clothes.

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