Sun, sand and no tan lines.
A big change could be coming to one of our local beaches. Clothing may be optional.
A grassroots group believes they’ve found a loophole to make it happen.
When you visit a local beach in a few months, you may see a sign that has a message like this: Beyond this point, you may encounter nude sunbathers.
If one group has its way, the county will soon have a nude beach.
“What we’re looking for is a family friendly clothing-optional beach,” said Karl Dickey, nude beach proponent.
Dickey, executive director of Palm Beach Naturists, feels like he and friends have waited long enough.
He wants a nude beach in Palm Beach County.
“It’s a peaceful, non-sexual, family-oriented activity. It’s just nude sunbathing is all it is,” said Dickey.
He’s asking that a portion of one of the 11 county-owned beaches should be designated as clothing optional.
His group is giving the county commission until April 20 to do this.
“If they choose not to, then in May we will do it ourselves, we will designate a beach on our own,” Dickey said.
The nudists will pick a spot themselves, put up the appropriate signs, and create their own nude beach.
Under Florida Statute 800.03, it’s unlawful to be naked in public except in any place provided or set apart for that purpose.
Dickey says if the county doesn’t act, his group will choose their own spot.
He says it would be in a secluded area with plenty of warning signs, so that mothers with small kids and others wouldn’t just stumble across it by mistake.
“We’ll make sure it’s as isolated as possible. We’re not interested in people stumbling upon us in any way,” Dickey said.
Dickey says the closest clothing-optional beaches are one near Ft. Pierce and one in Miami-Dade County.
“Personally I think it would be great idea. I mean people can do what they want,” said Alex, a beachgoer who would not give his last name.
“I don’t feel comfortable about it, so I think it’s uh, not a good idea,” said Nelli Ciccarello, beachgoer.
“As long as it’s a specific beach, I suppose it’s okay,” said Lou Guccione, another beachgoer.
Dickey says he has three possible sites for a nude beach in Palm Beach County. He would not name them.
We reached out to all the Palm Beach County Commissioners, the County Administrator and the Assistant County Administrators to check the legality of this idea and see how they feel.
None of them returned our calls.