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Nude Sunbathing Banned on Fire Island Beaches


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. The report states that they will focus its "education and enforcement efforts" in specific areas, and the Cherry Grove and FIP beaches are not on that list.... yet.

    Don't know how the Suffolk cops will react.

    I think the headline is misleading.

    Posted by: TC | Feb 27, 2013 4:53:11 PM

  2. Sean,

    you have the sense of humor of a pasty orange boy.

    And what the hell is "pasty" anyway? Some kind of skin condition? If so, you're better man than I thought, Sean. Bless ya', honey.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 27, 2013 4:56:08 PM

  3. Sorry, I just don't get the nude thing. During a week in San Francisco, where my sister lives, I went for ice-cream with my 6 yr. old niece and nephew and a man, at least 60, stopped his bike and took off his clothes right there in the street while we were chomping down on our cones. I couldn't finish my treat. I mean it was pure exhibitionism, he was staring right at us. It was a pathetic cry for attention.Was he a pedo? I have no idea...

    If you want to be naked do it in your private homes, or get together and buy a private beach where you can all galavant together. I don't want my little niece and nephew forced to be the audience for middle-aged men desperately trying to recapture the long gone zeitgeist. The 70's and 80's are over and are not coming back again, move on. Yes, I am puritanical, so be it. Perhaps it has something to do with being born in 1988...after the party had been stopped by AIDS. But I just don't get it. And if I have children, I will surely not want them visually abused either.

    Posted by: Pedro | Feb 27, 2013 4:59:11 PM

  4. Pedro, then don't go to Fire Island. You were born in 1988? Eek. that's sad. how does someone so young end up being less hip and liberated than my grandmother, who died at age 97???

    it's ok. you don't get it. just remember: because you're body-shy doesn't mean everyone else is. no matter what (probably fabricated) stories you want to make up to excuse it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 5:02:53 PM

  5. Well, Sean,

    you made me look up the definition of "pasty". You remember, what you called you boyfriend's complexion.

    The definition: having a pale, lifeless appearance; pale or unhealthy looking.

    Sean, guuuurrrl, don't you let your boyfriend read this blog tonight.

    And what is this dramatic statement that I am, "obsessed with race. Obsessed."

    All that drama. What? Are you planning to audition for the lead in "The Story of Anna May Wong"? (Who I adored)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 27, 2013 5:11:36 PM

  6. If only Americans were as hung up on gun violence as they are on nudity. I'm not sure why seeing a human body in its natural state--whatever that natural state happens to look like--freaks some people out so much. I've never been to Fire Island so no loss for me, but how typical that enforcing nudity codes is the priority over so many things that actually harm people's lives.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 27, 2013 5:29:36 PM

  7. What Ernie said.

    And GB: some married couples LOVE nude beaches.

    Why do Americans have to be such prudes?

    Posted by: KevinVt | Feb 27, 2013 5:36:29 PM

  8. This is terrible news Fire Island will not be the same with out the nudity. Are straights taking over the place?! What's next no drag queens?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 27, 2013 5:39:19 PM

  9. we need an all-nude version of the july 4th drag invasion!!!!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 5:48:05 PM

  10. Nude beaches are places for everyone to enjoy being free of clothes and be around others doing the same. Yes, people look and size each other up, so to speak, but most all are also are accepting of others, as it should be.

    If you don't like to see naked people at the beach, don't go to a nude beach. There are far more options for people who want to avoid nude beaches than there are for those of us who would rather be naked. And if you only want to see a certain type of person naked, get some porn.

    This is ban goes totally against the nature of Fire Island, particularly in Cherry Grove and the Pines. I hope someone organizes a big nude-in protest on Fire Island when the weather gets warmer.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Feb 27, 2013 5:54:21 PM

  11. I love public nudity! If it was for me that would be the law of the land...the whole planet...

    Posted by: George F | Feb 27, 2013 5:58:06 PM

  12. Good have some class people the 70's are over deal with it dirty hippies.

    Posted by: Lee | Feb 27, 2013 5:58:17 PM

  13. why do i get the feeling everyone supporting this ban never has, and never will, set foot on a fire island beach?

    on another note, THANK YOU, to all the fat old people who took slams from ridiculous commenters on here. your carefree attitudes about yourselves helped me get over my own body issues.

    now let's go for a long naked walk on the beach.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 6:02:15 PM

  14. Kiwi kids don't need to be around gross nude old men and public nudity is tasteless, rude, and trashy join the rest of the civilized world people.

    Posted by: Lee | Feb 27, 2013 6:05:47 PM

  15. Reality check: don't want to see it, then don't go.

    As I understand it, if the government fails to enforce a law for decades, one does not merely start enforcing it again. That's not legal.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 27, 2013 6:13:43 PM

  16. define nudity. in toronto it's perfectly legal for a woman to be topless in public.

    join the rest of the civilized world? you mean the people who worry more about seeing a penis and not about the insanely bigots running around armed with guns?

    newsflash - being a puritanical ninny doesn't mean you're civilized. and for all the "the 70s are over" comments. yes. they are. but it's 2013 - it's not like the 70s ended and reverted back to 1950.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 6:17:11 PM

  17. It is not my job to entertain you, Ratbastard, nor do I need to conform to your ideals. If you don't want to see naked people, then WHY ARE YOU AT A NUDE BEACH? You could go to, like, ANY OTHER BEACH IN THE WORLD.

    I am really rather surprised Andy has allowed you to post such an offensive comment.

    Posted by: TC | Feb 27, 2013 6:30:40 PM

  18. RB, enforcement of the ban on nudity will have no effect on "fat men in tight lil speedos" other than possibly increasing the number of little speedos. A person in a speedo is not nude, so there will be no ban on anyone wearing their speedo, regardless of how fat they are and how much you dislike seeing them on the beach.

    Posted by: ***** | Feb 27, 2013 6:31:36 PM

  19. Public nudity serves the same "purpose" as public sex, public urination/defecation, public exhibitionism....none. Could someone articulate an actual "need" other than "I just want to". Anyone?

    Posted by: KeepItSimple | Feb 27, 2013 6:57:02 PM

  20. it is beautifully and sadly ironic, though - keep nudity off of beaches, especially on an island that has historically been a safe-haven for Society's Misfits for decades, but make sure everyone and their inbred cousin is armed to the teeth. anywhere. at all times.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 7:06:37 PM

  21. Body acceptance and connection with nature are two of the hallmarks of a healthy happy adult human. To be naked in nature with others is a relaxing and enjoyable activity where judgments and ego become irrelevent. If you hate the bodies of other people so, in an environment like a beach where being nude makes sense, don't go. But your phobias will not be a source of shame to people who are happy to be human.

    Posted by: stranded | Feb 27, 2013 7:10:12 PM

  22. "keepitsimple" - how is nudity the same as defecation, urination, or sex acts?

    are you speaking from personal experience? meaning - is your incontinence so out of control that without layers of clothing, on a beach, your genitals leak profusely?

    sex acts? defecation? urination? hi, contamination - bodily fluids strewn in public.

    how is that comparable to nudity? i don't tend to leak out of my behind when i take off my swimsuit but if you do then you have my sympathies, and i encourage you and anyone else like you to wear rubber pants at the beach.

    the rest of us shouldn't be punished for your incontinence, however.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 7:16:25 PM

  23. I haven't had a summer share in Fire Island for years, but I really don't recall that many nude sunbathers on the beach -- in either the Pines or the Grove. I love going to Sandy Hook's nude beach, not so much because I want to walk around naked, but because it gives me the opportunity to swim naked in the ocean -- one of the greatest feelings in the world!
    PS: @Ratbastard: I'm pretty sure "a sight for sore eyes" is a positive thing, as in "Hey, hot naked guy, aren't you a sight for sore eyes."

    Posted by: McCoysMarketNYC | Feb 27, 2013 7:40:26 PM

  24. Drop Trou on Fire Island Day!

    Posted by: Eddie | Feb 27, 2013 8:06:48 PM

  25. GOOD! Most of the guys who go nude are the very people nobody wants to see nude.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 27, 2013 8:42:03 PM

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