KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- The new thong ban at Kure Beach is causing tempers to flare amongst the town council. It banned thongs two weeks ago to try and keep the beach more family-friendly.
A CNN reporter asked Mayor Dean Lambeth if he worries about the town getting sued over the policy.
He responded, "The way this country is leaning so far left, it wouldn't surprise me."
That upset council memebers.
This week, Lambeth sent them a letter threatening to resign, but then said he wasn't planning on resigning. In the letter, he said he will not change his conservative views to be politically correct, and if it came down to changing his views, he would not continue as mayor. Lambeth says thongs can be distasteful, and he does not want families to be offended.
The town council voted unanamously to ban thongs after Lambeth said a photographer who takes inappropriate photographs e-mailed the police chief asking for clarifcation on the nude bathing ordinance.
If someone is caught wearing a thong on the beach, lifeguards can radio the police, who will likely tell that person to put more clothes on, but violators could face a $25 fine.
Lambeth has agreed to talk to Hailey today. She'll have much more coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5 p.m.