An attempt to ban public nudity in Sarpy County took a step forward Sept. 10 when the County Board reviewed a proposed ordinance.
The proposal, which spells out in some detail what constitutes prohibited public nudity and what does not, is one of two ordinances being prepared for the County Board. The second ordinance will seek to control sexually oriented businesses in the county, often referred to as SOBs.
The nudity ordinance, which was presented to commissioners by Deputy County Attorney Bonnie Moore, prohibits any person from intentionally appearing in a public place in a state of nudity.
Public places are defined as any space open to the general public, whether or not an admission fee is charged, and all public streets, sidewalks, alleys and areas nearby that could be observed by the public.
Exceptions to the proposed ordinance include breastfeeding a child, being naked in a locker room or changing room, a restroom facility, hospital, clinic or similar medical facilities if the nudity is necessary for health-related purposes.
Other exceptions to the ban would include models in studios, or the exhibition of any dramatic production which is primarily intended to be an exercise of free speech.
Furthermore, the ordinance would not apply to children under age 5.
Public nudity would be listed as a Class III misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in prison, a $500 fine or both. A date for a public hearing on the ordinance has not been set.