Boulder says 'no' to homeless, nudity on hold

10:26 PM, Feb 2, 2010   |    comments
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Currently, Boulder Police can give people who sleep in parks or on sidewalks a ticket for camping without a permit.

The ticket comes with a $100 fine and many of the homeless end up in jail for failing to pay it.

Last month, about 60 homeless held a rally to try and get the moratorium passed, saying they just wanted a place to sleep.

Council members said they did not think a moratorium would fix the issue.

The other large issue the council was considering was a proposed ordinance that would have put a nudity ban in place. The new ordinance would apply to anyone older than 10 who exposes any portion of his or her private parts, including the nipple of a female breast.

Instead of tossing out the ordinance, the city council decided to keep it on the table in order to get more public comment on the issue. They will make a decision on whether to approve it at a later date.

Currently, Boulder law bans nudity only at a city lake popular for nude swimming in the 1970s. That ordinance did not include female toplessness.

Officials say that the lack of a local nudity ban means nude partiers face state indecency charges, making them vulnerable to being put on a sex offender registry.

"Well, I've lived in Boulder for 10-plus years and I do not believe the issue of naked pumpkin runs or naked bike rides has ever been a problem for the people in Boulder," Donna Novack, who is against the ordinance, said.

The new ban would mean streakers and naked bike riders could be ticketed and do some jail time, but they would avoid being charged with the state's indecent exposure law, which could force them to register as a sex offender.

"Boulder is a beautiful place and I really don't want my kids and grandkids to see naked people," Tom Miller, who is for the proposed ordinance, said. "I just don't think it errs on the side of decency. It's not decent and it's not even normative."

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