Maine town mulls nudity ban

Posted March 13, 2009, at 9:58 a.m.

VASSALBORO, Maine — A public outcry following the opening of a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro has led to a proposal to ban nudity at businesses in the Maine town.

A draft ordinance that was presented to the select board on Wednesday night goes to voters at their town meeting in June.

Town Manager Mary Sabins said she wrote the ordinance after a strong public response to the Feb. 23 opening of the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop. Sabins said the shop, which features topless waitresses and waiters, would not be affected by the ordinance because it already has a town permit and its legality is “grandfathered.”

Still, coffee shop owner Donald Crabtree and three of his employees showed up Wednesday night to voice their opposition.

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