San Diego Vows to Dress Down SoCal Nudists

But skinny dippers promise a fight over famed beach
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2008 5:00 PM CDT
San Diego Vows to Dress Down SoCal Nudists
California state law forbids nudity in state parks "except in authorized areas set aside for that purpose," but there are no such areas.   (Sean Gallup)

Officials in San Diego County are drawing battle lines over those who give up tan lines. For years, naturists have flocked to San Onofre State Beach to skinny dip in seclusion—but after Labor Day, park rangers will issue citations to nudists at the iconic getaway, which even Richard Nixon praised, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“Times have changed,” said one official, who argues that population influx and lewd behavior warrants action. But naturists vow to hold their line: “Criminalizing the nude human body just doesn’t make any sense,” said one attorney. "The swimsuit is the most ridiculous piece of clothing ever invented. It's all about modesty." (Read more California stories.)

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