[Brian Shane | Gannett/DelmarvaNow.com | August 14, 2014]

OCEAN CITY, MD. — The woman who set up her own pole-dancing operation on the boardwalk last weekend says she’s well within her rights to do so, and she’s not going to stop anytime soon.

Chelsea Plymale is already calling herself “OC’s only Pole Doll.” She appeared twice on the boardwalk in the last week, drawing extraordinary crowds including numerous men snapping photos. She’s also getting a lot of attention on social media like Facebook, where the comments continue to pour in whenever people post a photo or video of her performances, one made in a bikini and another in a sports bra and shorts.

“Ocean City just needs to get with the times,” said Plymale, 27, of Frederick. “I’m not doing anything trashy. I’m not out there in a thong and pasties. I’m not shaking my butt. I’m just doing pole tricks, and that’s it. I’m doing something I really enjoy.”

Of her critics, she said she is not reading the Facebook comments.

“Those people aren’t making me any money — they’re just making me famous,” Plymale said.

Thanks in part to two federal court decisions involving Ocean City, ­Plymale’s show is legal. That doesn’t mean, though, that it hasn’t riled people, including a nearby store owner.

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