Apr 15, 2016 3:13 PM

Toplessness by women at Gilford beach will not be legally challenged

GILFORD — Women choosing to go topless at Gilford's town beach will no longer be challenged according to a town administrator, but that doesn't mean that it is going to be legally allowed.

READ: Laconia plans to enforce ordinance forbidding women from exposing their nipples

Town Administrator Scott Dunn said that selectmen will not fight a ruling made by 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division Judge Jim Carroll regarding the legality of its ordinance banning female toplessness at the town beach.

Carroll, in a case involving Gilford and a "Free the Nipple" advocate, determined that town could not enforce a similar ordinance because nothing in state law prohibits women from exposing their breasts in public places.

According to the Laconia Daily Sun, Dunn said the only place the town could have gone to appeal the ruling is to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and that it would have cost about $10,000 in legal fees to do so.

Dun also said that selectmen are not changing the current ordinance and that women will still not be allowed to go topless at Gilford Beach.

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