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Bikini Hot Dog Vendors Must Wear Clothes Or Be Surrounded by Walls

January 30, 1992

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Roadside hot dog vendors who show off their wares by taking off their clothes will have to set up 4-foot opaque enclosures under a new county ordinance.

The Palm Beach County Commission voted Tuesday night to require vendors who wear G-strings, thongs and pasties to set up the barriers.

At least a dozen scantily clad vendors operate in the county. Last year, county traffic officials studied one vendor, Gloria Gonzalez, and concluded she provoked heckling but no safety problems.

Nevertheless, the commission’s ordinance cited safety as one of its justifications, along with ″notions of decency.″

Violators can be fined up to $500 and jailed for 60 days. The ordinance takes effect next month.

Gonzalez protested the law by attending the hearing in a body-length dress and veil like those worn by some Muslim women. Her lawyer, Barry Silver, said they plan to fight the ordinance in court.

Commission Chairwoman Karen Marcus said the ordinance was not unreasonable. Vendors can still wear shorts and tank tops, or even bikinis if they cover the buttocks.

″We are not making them dress in black and cover their face like in Iran,″ Ms. Marcus said.

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