Still ok to bare it all

Fell free to continue to strip down to your birthday suit when you visit the southern end of San Onofre State Beach near Trail 6. According to the LA Times, Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Fell ruled that nude sunbathers could not be cited unless a member of the public complained. She further stated that any changes to the policy required a public hearing.

This follows the policy enacted in 1979 by then Director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Russell Cahill.

“enforcement of nude sunbathing regulations within the state park system shall be made only upon the complaint of a private citizen. Citations or arrests shall be made only after attempts are made to elicit voluntary compliance with the regulations.”

I have known about the beach since the policy was passed in 1979. As adolescent boys we made up stories of decadence and perversion, knowing full well it was just people enjoying nature. In the time since the policy was passed, I cannot remember any major disturbances due to the policy.

The State Department of Parks and Recreations has not stated whether they will attempt to change the policy via a public hearing or appeal the decision.

If you have always wanted to go to a nude beach, here are so guidelines for the clothing optional beach from The Friends of San Onofre Beach :

    • DON’T GO OUT OF ESTABLISHED NUDE AREAS or wander nude onto a clothed beach or parking lot. Our ability to use the beach nude depends on our staying within the traditional Clothing Optional area. Nudity is only tolerated at San Onofre State Beach south of the wash located about 300 yards south of Lifeguard tower 6.

However, sexual conduct in any public place is illegal and will not be tolerated at San Onofre State Beach. What does the law say?

    • DO NOT PHOTOGRAPH PEOPLE without their permission. No one wants to end up in a stranger’s photo album, and certainly not on the Internet. Hidden cameras are especially objectionable. NEVER photograph children without first asking their parents for permission.

    • RESPECT OTHERS’ PRIVACY. Many are at the beach for quiet and relaxing time. Gawkers and pickup artists are not welcome.

    • If a person seems unaware of beach etiquette, explain it, kindly and plainly. Their objectionable or ILLEGAL behavior can cost us this beach. It may be helpful to enlist the support of others when confronting these individuals.”

If you didn’t know about it until now, but are now outraged that there are nudists so close, get over it. It looks like they will be here for a bit longer.

(by the way, I know San Onofre State Beach is technically in San Diego County, but the case was heard in Orange County and gets many visitors from here.)

2 Comments so far

  1. Jon (oc_jon) on August 28th, 2008 @ 12:20 am

    I was wondering how this was all gonna go down. Good to know the naturists got their day in court. Hooray for the naked!

  2. Dave Share (daveshare) on August 28th, 2008 @ 8:56 am

    Hooray for lawful nakey-ness!

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