It's legal to be naked in Florida

Florida naked recreation activists still pushing for more nude beaches


Visitors to nude beaches and resorts in Florida spend $4 billion annually, according to reports.

As this Fourth of July holiday approaches, activists say they want more Florida beaches to declare independence from clothes.  

The American Association of Naked Recreation (AANR) and Beach Education Advocates for Culture, Health, Environment and Safety Foundation (B.E.A.C.H.E.S.),  along with more than 50 clothing-optional social clubs and resorts said lawmakers need to make clear to law enforcement: Floridians are free to be naked in public. 

This coalition of Nakationers, an AANR term to describe people who enjoy a naked vacation, was able to get a bill (SB 1486)through at least one Senate committee during the 2021 Session. A similar bill cleared two Senate committees in 2020.  

Both sought to protect people from arrest and prosecution for sunbathing and swimming in the buff, an activity that advocates describe as American as founding father Benjamin Franklin, philosopher Henry David Thoreau, and fictional character Tom Sawyer, all who regularly took to skinny dipping — or at least Tom did in Mark Twain’s imagination. 

The bill didn’t get another hearing, but the 3-2 vote boosted the spirits of those who prefer naked recreation. The hearing came at a time when COVID-19 restrictions at the Capital denied the groups the opportunity to present lawmakers with a St. Leo University study. 

It calculates visitors to nude beaches and resorts in Florida directly spend $4 billion annually when they patronize a public beach, private resort, or join a club where clothing is optional. A legislative analyst computed that this delivered a stimulus impact of more than $7.3 billion to the state’s economy.

And they found nudists, even locals, tend to book longer stays at the resorts and facilities offered by clubs then others do. 

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Source: Tallahassee Democrat

Original publication 2 July, 2021

Posted on NatCorn 3 weeks ago

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