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Nude Sunbathing Banned on Fire Island Beaches

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Nude sunbathing has been banned on beaches all along Fire Island, Newsday reports:

A decades-long tradition of nude sunbathing on Fire Island beaches is coming to an end this summer: Fire Island National Seashore authorities have announced plans to enforce long-standing laws banning the practice...

...Koschmann also said some social media sites carry invitations to meet for public sex on the beach.

The fact that public nudity is illegal in New York was another compelling reason to change the policy, since FINS maintains joint jurisdiction with the state, she said. The ban also will be enforced at four other Fire Island beaches where nude sunbathing is known to take place -- including the tract of land in front of Sailors Haven, from Point O' Woods to Cherry Grove.

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  1. Thank GOD! Finally!

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 27, 2013 2:44:21 PM


  2. Reality Check:

    NO ONE really wants to see fat middle aged guys sunbathing in tight lil' speedos or au naturale. Use to see a gay guy walking around city streets wearing skin tight spandex pants and shorts and a wifebeater. He was charitably out of shape [not that it would be any better if he was a young gym rat] and it was a sight for sore eyes.

    People, have some self-respect, for Christ's sake. Just because you can legally do it, doesn't mean you should. Now you can't legally let it all hang out on F.I. Good.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 27, 2013 2:53:16 PM


  3. It's now 'illegal' in San Francisco EXCEPT for 'street fairs' like Folsom,etc. So depending on the day,the event or whatever government entity/anti-nudity person is 'offended' determines when someone can legally or illegally show of their naked bodies. Such a waste of human and financial resources. Homophobia at it's worst.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Feb 27, 2013 2:54:58 PM


  4. Did you hear that San Francisco? tik-tok, It's just a matter of time before you'll need to cover up on Baker Beach. And you folks thought you could pick & choose how it gets applied... seriously?!

    People should be allowed to be naked on the beach... and how your body is perceived by others has nothing whatsoever to do with it.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Feb 27, 2013 3:10:52 PM


  5. That's a very nice map...I can see my house (which I presume I can still be naked in?) Ya never know nowadays.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Feb 27, 2013 3:12:09 PM


  6. lame. what's wrong with nudity? i don't care what shape or size you are, if you're out there enjoying the sun then you rock on and enjoy it, doesn't bother me one bit.

    one of my favourite things about nude beaches *is* the diversity of body types; it's not about "only the young and flat-stomached" being free to be nude - it's anyone who doesn't give a flip what others think.

    and nudity isn't even inherently sexual.

    how about this: if you're a puritanical ninny, Fire Island aint for you.

    werk.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 3:20:09 PM


  7. Another vote for "thank God". Nudity is what your home is for.

    Posted by: KeepItSimple | Feb 27, 2013 3:25:50 PM


  8. I'm with Li'l Kiwi on this one.

    Word.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 27, 2013 3:28:44 PM


  9. up next: "no more pot-smoking at Phish concerts"

    ;-)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 3:32:41 PM


  10. Nudity on the beach, okay.

    Sex on the beach, puhleeze, I don't even like sand in my food!

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Feb 27, 2013 3:32:44 PM


  11. This is sad and outrageous that the decades-long tradition of nude sun bathing in Fire Island is coming to an end. Nudity on Fire Island, specifically Cherry Grove and The Pines, was a part of the landscape like the water and sun. It was also an expression of freedom. Folks fretting about fat middle aged guys will do so whether those men are nude or clothed. But they are not fretting about how this shows how our freedoms and liberties can be chipped away bit by bit. Where is the outrage? Where are more folks who can join my voice in standing up, speaking out and fighting back? Gay people have traditionally been leaders in teaching the world how to live and love from a vantage point different from the norm. What I experience more and more is outspoken conformity and conservatism by LGBT folks. Our community (actually the world) is diverse and those that want to be nude should feel just as free to do so as those who want to cover up.

    Posted by: Charles Rice-Gonzalez | Feb 27, 2013 3:33:23 PM


  12. and what i've always loved most about Fire Island is that that magical island just felt like "ours" - and i don't just mean gay men, nor "fit young people who aren't old and fat", which some commenters seem to have a problem with...for no intelligent reason.

    it's an escape from the world of judgment and limitations.

    Charles R-G, thank you for your comment.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 3:37:55 PM


  13. Ugh, really Ratbastard? Being naked with other men is great, in a non-sexual body freedom kind of way. Next time you see a fatty nude on the beach, try getting naked and hanging out with him. You might find that you transcend your need to associate nudity and sex.

    Posted by: Fensox | Feb 27, 2013 3:40:44 PM


  14. Ugh, really Ratbastard? Being naked with other men is great, in a non-sexual body freedom kind of way. Next time you see a fatty nude on the beach, try getting naked and hanging out with him. You might find that you transcend your need to associate nudity and sex.

    Posted by: Fensox | Feb 27, 2013 3:40:46 PM


  15. Uhm just hop the Seastreak to Sandy Hook and hang with the billion other naked gays in your birthday suit. I think this is probably ill-advised. People don't avoid FIP because of naked men, but a lot come there for it. It'll be there $$$ loss.

    Posted by: David in NYC | Feb 27, 2013 3:47:50 PM


  16. Beach nudity should only be allowed for those of us over the age of fifty. Who the hell wants to see a bunch of twenty-somethings running around naked? Immature creatures.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 27, 2013 3:58:21 PM


  17. All who fear and dislike the idea of nude beaches should vacation on the sunny fully clothed beaches of Iran. You will love it there!

    When will such backward fear based Puritanial thinking end? Bodies are part of the Natural Order, don't fear life.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Feb 27, 2013 4:05:46 PM


  18. All who fear and dislike the idea of nude beaches should vacation on the sunny fully clothed beaches of Iran. You will love it there!

    When will such backward fear based Puritanial thinking end? Bodies are part of the Natural Order, don't fear life.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Feb 27, 2013 4:05:48 PM


  19. Maybe ratbastard plans on being dead before he's middleaged

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Feb 27, 2013 4:06:21 PM


  20. This is a KIWI only site.

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 27, 2013 4:06:55 PM


  21. This is a KIWI only site.

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 27, 2013 4:06:56 PM


  22. The married crowd can only bear seeing one meager crotch a day--their husbands. The married couple - the new army of two - will rule the day. They only permit perfect specimens of naked guys that are online.

    Posted by: GB | Feb 27, 2013 4:09:36 PM


  23. "Maybe ratbastard plans on being dead before he's middleaged"

    Hunh? Then he's been dead for years. Maybe he's a vampire.

    But, FENSOX, you may be wrong about Ratbastard not liking the full-figured guys. He's fair & open-minded (you've read his comments over the years). Yes, he may be attracted to the big boys...as long as they are very very very very white. Or maybe if they tan orange like John Boehner.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 27, 2013 4:19:19 PM


  24. I'd like to be there when they try to enforce the ban against Fire Island denizen Robin Byrd.

    Posted by: keating | Feb 27, 2013 4:31:26 PM


  25. Of course Derrick had to inject race into the issue. He's obsessed with race. Obsessed.

    My boyfriend is pasty white, and I think he's hot. I'm Asian, but there's noting wrong with a pasty white boy in my book.

    Posted by: sean | Feb 27, 2013 4:49:43 PM


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