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Talk of Women Going Topless on OC Beaches Sparks Controversy

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- People in Ocean City are reacting to talk of women going topless on Ocean City beaches.

Last August Chelsea Covington, a woman known to walk around topless, asked the Town of Ocean City to allow her to sunbathe bare-chested.

The Town of Ocean City reached out to the Maryland Attorney General's Office for guidance on the issue. After no response, the situation still lingers nearly one year later.

Convington believes that she has a legal right to do so, and some walking around in Ocean City on Thursday agreed.

"To me it's freedom. It's OK...I mean I wouldn't do it. If you feel comfortable with your body and you want to do it, that's fine," said Carrie Mills of Hagerstown.

"I think it's a girl's personal decision whether she wants to come to the beach half-naked or keep her top on," said Jonathan Mejia of Pittsburgh.

But, not everyone was for this idea. Parents Donna and Mike Fegley said a topless woman on the beach is something they don't want their four children to see.

"The beach is something that we're trying to incorporate as a family, as a getaway, as a relaxation for the family," Fegley said. "If I would ever see that it would turn us away and we would just go elsewhere."

Ocean City officials said they understand the concerns of parents like Fagley.

Mayor Rick Meehan said, "We do not support of condone what Ms. Covington is attempting to do in Ocean City and we are awaiting the opinion of the State Attorney General's Office to define what legal rights we may or may not have under Maryland Law." 

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