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Of nudists and bad spelling: Anthony Westbury recalls some of his favorite columns
After nearly three decades of prowling the newsroom and St. Lucie County streets, columnist Anthony Westbury is hanging up his notebook and retiring his ballpoint pen on Jan. 2. As he counts down the days, we’re sharing excerpts from some of his favorite columns.

Comfortable in their skin

My assignment Saturday was simple: Go to the beach and count naked people.

What could go wrong?

Well, as my colleague, Outdoors columnist Ed Killer, noted wryly, I was going to count nudists frolicking in the surf on the final day of “Shark Week” while in the shadow of a nuclear power plant.

Yep, only in Florida. Perfectly normal.

I decided to adopt a strict “only look ’em in the eyes” strategy when reporting this delicate assignment

“Everybody here is really open. Nobody cares that you don’t have clothes on. And it’s not a pick-up scene,” said Kelly Spirito, of West Palm Beach, (center) who relaxes with friends July 11, 2015, at Blind Creek Beach, a clothing-optional beach, in Fort Pierce. Many people came out to celebrate National Nude Recreation Week with a group skinny dip.

It worked — most of the time. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: TC Palm

Original publication Dec 20, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 23rd December 2018

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