Whatever happened to Milwaukee’s nude beach?

On the shore of Lake Michigan in the late 80s and early 90s, past the bikinis and margaritas of Bradford Beach, was Paradise, Milwaukee’s first and only nude beach. Situated behind a three-sided concrete wall near the water treatment plant on Lake Drive until it moved to the beachfront south of the UW-Milwaukee alumni house, the beach was a haven for “naturists” — people who prefer sunbathing, as well as doing other activities like bowling and biking, in their birthday suit.

But paradise never lasts, especially for those who prefer to walk around in more egregious states of undress than actresses in a Game of Thrones brothel. Paradise Beach closed in 1993. And Milwaukee hasn’t had a nude beach since.

Unbelievable as it may seem, a stretch of sand north of Bradford used to be home to a full-fledged nude beach.

Many Milwaukeeans rejoiced in the beach’s closing, happy to have the nudists’ “profanity” off the sand. Some were uninterested. Others were devastated, particularly Mike Froemming and Richard “Dick” Bacon, the beach’s founders who graced its shores daily, if they could help it. But the beach had strayed from their original vision, according to Nicky Hoffman Lee, owner and editor of The Naturist Society, an international nudist organization based in Oshkosh. Read full original article…

Source: Milwaukee Magazine

27 July, 2017, 7:30 pm

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