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Some restrictions on boardwalk performers in Ocean City have been deemed unconstitutional.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled performers on the Ocean City Boardwalk will no longer have to sign up for spaces a week in advance. Performers are also no longer restricted to certain dedicated areas, and performances before 10 a.m. and advertising are now permitted.

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The decision says Ocean City's restrictions placed a "substantial burden" on harmless speech. Ocean City can still ban performances after 1 a.m., items bigger than 6 feet and performances on certain streets.

Ocean City Town Solicitor Guy Ayres says the town hasn't decided whether to file an appeal.

Mike Moeller, 38, and ten others plaintiffs sued the Town of Ocean City in federal court, alleging their first amendment rights have been violated by rules adopted by the seven-member city council last year, aiming to regulate the boardwalk buskers.

Electric violinist Lucian Ionescu lauded the decision, likening the boardwalk under the restrictions to "the Gaza Strip," the Palestinian territory under an Israeli blockade.

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