The motion before the Kitsap County Planning Commission last night was to limit anyone and everyone from publicly exposing (among other things) their "genitals, buttocks or any portion of the female breast below the top of the areola."
It was aimed a handful of "sexpresso" baristas who have been known to occasionally make a living exposing their genitals, buttocks, and areas of their breasts below the top of the areola.
The motion, as it happens, failed.
But another motion did pass, and it set the groundwork for an potential ban on naked coffee stands in the county and perhaps on nakedness of any kind in public.
Commissioners finally unanimously approved a motion to recommend only a section of the proposed lewd conduct ordinance that sought to regulate "limited apparel" espresso stands in the county. The recommendation will be forwarded to county commissioners, who have the final say. . .
"This is a starting point and going forward the county will have to study this to make sure the regulations aren't overly broad," said Shelley Kneip, deputy prosecuting attorney for the county.
The Kitsap Planning Commission apparently got nervous about dealing with health and safety code changes, since they normally stick to land-use and building issues.
They should have been more nervous about throwing around legal language that pertains to anyone and everyone, despite being designed to tackle a very narrow set of individuals and businesses.
Laws and regulations are typically much easier to make than to unmake. And should an ordinance like this pass in Kitsap or any other county, one can expect more than sexpresso purveyors to be exposed to the effects.