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Controversial baggy pants ordinance overturned in Cocoa

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Cocoa city council voted 4-1 to overturn a controversial ordinance banning saggy pants Tuesday.

The ordinance was supposed to go into effect at the beginning of the year but Cocoa's newly elected mayor didn't think city business should include measuring how far pants hang from waistlines.

Had Cocoa city leaders not changed course, anyone sagging their pants on city property could have faced a $25 fine come Jan. 1.

The city's new mayor feared the ordinance would have been costly for taxpayers.

"The last thing I want to do is go to a special meeting on a lawsuit and waste a lot of time when I could be moving our city forward," said Mayor Henry Parrish.

The city attorney already had the language drafted to repeal the ordinance prior to the City Council meeting on Tuesday.