N.C. Town Bans Thongs on Beaches; Sunshine, Happiness Still Legal

Thong, Thongs, Underwear
KURE BEACH, N.C. (CBS/AP) Swimmers at Kure Beach won't be singing Sisqo's "The Thong Song" any time soon.

The North Carolina town called "Mayberry with a beach" by its mayor has banned swimmers from wearing revealing swimwear, thus making the donning of thongs illegal.

Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth said, "We're going to keep this as close to Mayberry with a beach as you can keep it," referring to the idyllic Southern community portrayed on the 1960s TV series "The Andy Griffith Show."

The Star-News of Wilmington reported that the town council voted Thursday to add a ban against the revealing swimwear to its existing ordinance against nudity.

The move came after the police chief received an e-mail earlier in the week asking if the town's existing nude bathing ordinance allowed thongs.

The ordinance bans nudity or "insufficient clothing," and the man wanted to know if thongs were allowed for both men and women.

"We try to do everything we can toward being a family oriented beach," Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Keener told the local paper.