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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. In fact, the last guy I almost-dated hated the way I looked so much that even when we had sex, I had to wear a paperbag over my head, a girdle around my waist, and all that with all the lights off!

    Some of us aren't meant to be seen naked, ever. Even alone in the dark where we belong.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 27, 2013 8:51:12 PM

  2. I guess when the water is too cold to swim in you have to amuse yourself somehow. The obvious solution would be to have a designated nude beach and the rest of it be clothing required.

    Of course, I feel certain we can rely on certain queens in our midst to soak a swim suit in NaClO until it's threadbare and transparent.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 27, 2013 9:29:55 PM

  3. A little concentration camp looking nudity never killed anybody.

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 27, 2013 9:30:18 PM

  4. No one should dare to disagree with Little Kiwi on this site or he will post silly/contradictory/evil things using your name. Or he will drag out his dozen or so aliases and try to shut you up. Fortunately those who follow this site know what a malevolent person he is. He claims to be a great liberal but unlike most real liberals he attempts to destroy all who disagree with him.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 27, 2013 9:52:19 PM

  5. Gay nude beaches are too big bushes. Gross.

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 27, 2013 10:13:26 PM

  6. Kiwi your response was just tired and dumb. So the only difference is bodily fluids??? you're making my point. Nobody needs to be forced to look at your nasty naked body simply because you need to work out your "body issues". That's what the gym is for. Take your sour flabby behind to the gym and cover up.

    Posted by: KeepItSimple | Feb 27, 2013 10:23:04 PM

  7. So gays will be treated the same as straight people and not given special treatment?? The horror!!! If Lindsay Lohan can't stumble around the Hamptons topless, then no guy (good body or not) should be able to do the same bottomless.

    Posted by: Dan | Feb 27, 2013 10:38:02 PM

  8. BOO New York.

    Hooray, Oregon! Nudity is a constitutional right here. Remember the bear dude who stripped down at the PDX airport TSA checkpoint?

    Posted by: bendskier | Feb 27, 2013 10:41:33 PM

  9. The comments from the anti-nudity proponents are so full of self-righteous condescension, I could just puke. It's not "trashy" to be nude on a beach; it's "trashy" to judge other people by the way they look, simple as that.
    Honestly, we are one f'ed up country. Nudity is evil, but apparently, there's nothing wrong with showing the most disturbingly violent images on prime time TV (anyone seen The Following?). Boy do we have our priorities screwed up! This indignant attitude of trying to make everything illegal that one personally finds distasteful comes from the same place as anti-gay animus: "this grosses me out and instead of having the self awareness to question why that should be, I must declare it evil, offensive, and vile and have it outlawed!"

    If you have a problem with nudity, just go to one of the other 99% of beaches where nudity is not allowed and leave other people be. If it doesn't hurt you, leave it alone!

    Posted by: Jon | Feb 28, 2013 2:14:21 AM

  10. the USA is becoming so sad with all of it's rules, regulations and laws. so happy i don't live there

    Posted by: oliver | Feb 28, 2013 4:05:54 AM

  11. Well, there's always Little Beach in Maui. Or Saugatuck in Michigan...or my little place, Miller Beach!

    Posted by: millerbeach | Feb 28, 2013 5:13:54 AM

  12. Oh, and Ernie, you nailed it. Gun crimes galore, but God forbid someone see boob or a nut. Plenty of money to fight nudity, not enough for social services. I sure hope a straight girl isn't getting raped while the cops are checking to see if all the boys have their pants all have MUCH bigger fish to fry than this one.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Feb 28, 2013 5:16:34 AM

  13. Kind of coincidental that around the same time the FI nude beach ban is announced, a similar disuasive measure is implemented at long-time nudist & gay Hippie Hollow in Austin, where Parks Department officials in Travis County tried to make the area off-limits to boaters. This measure was overturned last night because people organized and opposed it. Will be interesting to see the depth of conviction of Fire Island beachgoers.

    Posted by: Hippie Fire | Feb 28, 2013 6:35:01 AM

  14. my experience is that the most fervently practicing nude sunbathers are the ones whose bodies you most *don'tI want to see. Kinda like the guys who make a point of walking naked through the locker room at the gym.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Feb 28, 2013 7:00:14 AM



    Posted by: QJ201 | Feb 28, 2013 7:38:23 AM

  16. Wow, this is really sad. I found it refreshing that there was this little place, that you had to take a boat to get to, where people felt comfortable enough to do that. Most of them only did it in between the big beaches where hardly anyone goes. What's the point of this?

    Posted by: Bart | Feb 28, 2013 8:31:25 AM

  17. @Derrick from Philly,

    You know what I'm sexually attracted to? Really? 'Big Boys'? White,white,white,white? More like wrong, wrong,wrong,wrong,Derrick. I'm attracted to ALL kinds of guys, including pale white, but all kinds. Yes Derrick, that includes some 'black' guys.

    My previous post was basically a JOKE. I don't care if people sunbath nude. However my comments regarding fat dudes wearing speedos stands.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 28, 2013 11:40:48 AM

  18. @Dannyeastvillage,



    Agreed. And the guy is indeed probably a pedo in addition to an attention whore. It is sad and pathetic.


    No problem. Stay where you are. I'm sure, like the EU, it's not a nanny state and far better than Amerika...*sarcasm off*

    @Ernie,Kevin VT, etc.,

    There is ZERO correlation between 'gun control', the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution, puritanism, and nude sunbathing in public areas. What you're engaging in is typical knee-jerk 'Amerika is Dub' 'progressive' behavior. And don't use Europe please as an example to counter 'puritan' attitudes...many places in the EU especially southern Europe, locals get p*ssed off with tourists [usually from northern Europe] walking around naked, half naked, etc., and have passed local ordinances banning the practice. This behavior occurs in places like Germany, Sweden, etc., basically because the culture is to not question things, and to avoid conflict and keep to yourself. It has nothing to do with most people wanting to see or agreeing with fat, middle aged guys wandering around parks and beaches in speedos and nude, or even having topless women in public, because most people even in Europe don't think it's desirable behavior in public.

    And forget the rest of the world outside of western Europe, except some 3rd world tourist areas where the people are so desperate for tourist and money they'll let you do anything, including prostituting young children.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 28, 2013 11:56:35 AM

  19. again - all those supporting this ban: you've never even been to Fire ISland, and you never will. is that why you support the ban?

    sounds like jealousy to me :)

    "Oh! those gays that go have fun on that magical island with the deer and the mists and the history...and the meatrack...and the..oh GOD how i just wish your vacations were slightly ruined! then i can feel better about my own life!"

    shuffle ball-change, betches.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 28, 2013 11:58:38 AM

  20. "More like wrong, wrong,wrong,wrong,Derrick. I'm attracted to ALL kinds of guys, including pale white, but all kinds."

    That's very reassuring, Ratbastard. I'm happy for you. Maybe if Sean (Miss KKK Korea 2008) and his "pasty" white boyfriend ever get to Boston y'all can have a threesome.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 28, 2013 12:13:47 PM

  21. Come to Washington State, where nudity is legal as long as it's not "obscene".

    Nudity is simply normal and natural. If you don't like a certain person's body, get over it and look at something else.

    Posted by: David R | Feb 28, 2013 1:06:13 PM

  22. @David R,

    Nudity is actually legal in many places in the U.S., as is things like women going topless.

    Never the less, it is IMHO it's typical of generally attention whores and yes even sexual deviants. I personally don't think it's 'healthy' for grown men for example to be parading around naked or ridiculously and inappropriately dressed [like wearing speedos on a pubic street, etc.] especially around children. I would definitely question any guy of any age who decided to wander around nude in a public park or beach around a lot of children. But I think even young guys walking around with their pants 'sagging' and falling down is rude and basically childish behavior.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 28, 2013 1:16:05 PM

  23. @Derrick,

    I love Asian dudes. I have a particular fetish [if you want to call it that] for Asian guys with facial hair.

    And one of my first guy dates was with a Korean-American dude from Queens.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 28, 2013 1:18:14 PM

  24. I can't believe the level of ignorance and unexamined prejudice being expressed by so many who are responding to this thread. I don't know where to begin.

    We have people asserting that nudists are perverted extroverts and exhibitionists, more likely to be pedophiles, etc. This is very close to what right-wingers often say about gay people -- they are exhibitionists who want to shove their perversions in the face of others, violating the rights of those who don't want to be exposed to homosexuality, they are likely pedophiles or seeking to turn others gay, etc. There is no basis for most everything said by people who are aggressively homophobic, and there is no basis for what so many here have asserted about the character of people who like to go nude on the beach or elsewhere.

    Then we have all the comments containing the tired cliche that the people who go naked are generally the ones you don't want to see naked. Whether or not this is true -- and it is probably is true for those of you who want to see only young, fit bodies -- is totally beside the point, as is the counter-point that people have different preferences in terms of looks. The point of being at a nude beach is to enjoy being naked for yourself, not for others. Clothed or not, gym-toned or not, with a big pubic bush or not, people have every right to look the way they want to look. Except for the dictates of a workplace of some other specific context, they have no responsibility to make sure that others, the public in general, are pleased with the way they look and no one has any business dictating to others how they look on the street. For a designated nude beach, which no one is force to go to, again no one has a responsibility to have a body that is pleasing to others. If I really don't want to look at someone on the street or the beach, I look away. People whose tender sensibilities get so easily damaged should try it some time, rather than blame the person for how they look.

    Then there is the issue of children seeing others naked. So what? Families with children at a nude beach have already given consent for their children to see naked people. And they probably (heaven forbid) even want their children to feel comfortable with their bodies and being around others. And my guess would be that they like many of us believe we should far more upset about the level of normalized violence we (in the US) permit our children to be exposed to, and not upset at all about their exposure to nude people.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Feb 28, 2013 2:28:07 PM

  25. amen, MichaelJ.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 28, 2013 2:37:22 PM

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