NAC Action Alert
Florida Acceptance of Clothing-Optional Beaches
Advisory issued: February 23, 2020


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Date: February, 23, 2020
SUBJECT: FLORIDA ACCEPTANCE OF CLOTHING-OPTIONAL BEACHES
TO: All naturists and other concerned citizens


Attention naturists:


This is an Action Alert and Appeal from the Naturist Action Committee (NAC).  In coordination with local naturist activist groups including BEACHES Foundation, Treasure Coast Naturists, and others, NAC is asking you to take specific action
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BRIEF DISCUSSION

The State of Florida has at least a dozen state parks with beaches. The state parks are operated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) which has a regulation (62D-2.014) prohibiting nudity in every area of every park including bathing areas. This regulation is the reason the DEP will not consider providing clothing-optional beaches in any state park. However, the DEP’s regulations are required to be based on and consistent with the Florida state laws and the law prohibiting nudity (Florida Statute 800.03) has an exception for nudity “in any place provided or set aside for that purpose.” A similar exception in the DEP regulation would open the door to providing clothing-optional beaches in Florida’s state parks, but the DEP has so far refused to add one.

 

With the encouragement of lobbyists contracted by BEACHES Foundation and non-financially supported by NAC and other naturist groups, a bill, S 850,a bill, S 850, was submitted in the Florida Senate that would modify FS 800.03 to legalize nudity in “in any place provided or set aside for that purpose, including but not limited to, clothing-optional beaches”(emphasis added).

It is felt that, with clothing-optional beaches explicitly mentioned in state law and the existence of four successful clothing-optional beaches, the DEP will be forced to add an exception for clothing-optional beaches to its anti-nudity regulation and we can start down the road to providing clothing-optional beaches in state parks throughout the State of Florida.

 

During the current legislative session two additional bills, H. 675 and S. 1018, modifying F.S. 800.03 were submitted. S. 1018 contains our language favoring clothing-optional beaches and H. 675 does not. Otherwise the bills are very similar and one of them is likely to become law.


WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO?

If you are a resident of Florida or a person who has visited Florida or is likely to visit Florida in the future, PLEASE WRITE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! We do not know when the decision between these bills will be made but it could be soon. Tourism is very important to the State of Florida and legislators will pay attention to people who visit Florida and spend money as well as Florida residents.

 

WHAT SHOULD I SAY?

Original letters are given much more consideration than copies of a form letter, so write your own note. It need not b long or elaborate. Following are some points to consider:

 

  a) Be polite and respectful. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

 

  b) Say who you are and your interest in Florida. Give your name; anonymous letters are
     ignored. Tell where you live and if it’s not Florida, your interest in visiting or
     moving to Florida.

 

  c) Say you are a supporter or user of clothing-optional beaches and you would like
     clothing-optional beaches to be clearly protected in F.S. 800.03 and that you favor
     S. 1018 or S. 850 because they explicitly mention clothing-optional beaches.


WHO TO WRITE TO


Please write to the authors of the three bills affecting F.S. 800.03:

 

Representative Amy Mercado

Phone: 850-717-5048 
Fax: (none)

Email: amy.mercado@myfloridahouse.gov

Senator Jason Pizzo

Phone: 850-487-5038 
Fax:   (none)

Email: pizzo.jason@flsenate.gov

Senator Linda Stewart

Phone: 850-487-5013 
Fax:   888-263-3680 
Email:
stewart.linda@flsenate.gov

Also please write to Dana Young, President of VISITFLORIDA®, a public/private agency that has promoted naturist tourism in Florida:
Phone: 850-205-3803

Email:   dyoung@visitflorida.org  

Website: www.visitflorida.org



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  1. There are already four recognized clothing-optional beaches in Florida: Haulover in
     Miami-Dade County, Blind Creek in St. Lucie County, Playalinda in Brevard County, and
     Apollo in Volusia County. These beaches are an economic boon to their local communities,
     generating an estimated $1.7 billion per year in economic activity.

 

  2. Nude use of a clothing-optional beach is family-friendly, not vulgar or lewd, and has no
     negative impact on anyone, since only people who want to participate go to
     clothing-optional beaches.

 

  3. National polls have repeatedly shown that the majority of Americans approve of nude use
     of designated clothing-optional beaches.

 

You can help the effort by letting us know what you've said. Please send copies of your correspondence to NAC.

E-mail works best.

    free-florida@naturistaction.org

 

You can find additional information, including this NAC Action Alert, at http://naturistaction.org. Click on ALERTS.
Alternatively, you may call NAC on (920)415-2900.


 
PLEASE HELP NAC CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!

The Naturist Action Committee is a nonprofit volunteer adjunct to The Naturist Society, a membership organization.

NAC is committed to vigorous activism on behalf of the responsible clothing-optional use of public lands.

NAC has no membership roster and receives no dues money.

NAC relies entirely on the voluntary financial support of concerned naturists like YOU.
The work in Florida to preserve and expand our clothing-optional beaches has already become expensive.

Won't you please send a generous donation to NAC?

   NAC

   PO Box 132

   Oshkosh, WI 54903

 

Online donations may be given at:

 

  http://www.naturistaction.org/donate/index-GoFundMe-FloridaPhaseII.html

 

Thank you for choosing once again to make a difference.

Naturally,


Susan Shopiro

Chair

Naturist Action Committee


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Chair: Susan Shopiro - susan.shopiro@naturistaction.org
Online Rep, Dennis Kirkpatrick -
naturist@sunclad.com
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