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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. Ever been to Fire Island? It's quite isolated. Banning nude sunbathing is a bit much. There is nothing wrong with some healthy nudity. If anyone has a problem about how another's body looks, that is the looker's problem.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 28, 2013 3:05:33 PM


  2. I personally don't care about nudity on Fire Island, and some of what I previously posted was for comic effect. That said, I don't want to see naked dudes wandering around my neighborhood, taking off their clothes in front of especially little kids, being basically D-bags. And yeah, I think most guys who do sh*t like this are mentally ill, drunk/high, sexual deviants, pervs, a combination of all the above.

    Children and adults can view fictionalized and real violence all over the world. If you think it's bad in America, check out Japan sometime. And let's not forget where the worse violence, bloodshed on a scale the Earth the world has ever seen didn't occur in 'cowboy' Amerika, it occurred in 'civilized' and 'sophisticated' Europe.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 28, 2013 4:04:27 PM


  3. Not that this makes the banning of nudity at Lighthouse Beach (or at any of the other few places where it is legal to be naked in public) less reprehensible, but I was happy to read elsewhere that the ban applies only to what was termed federal land on Fire Island, not the land under the jurisdiction of specific municipalities, such as Cherry Grove and Fire Island. This fits with what is described in the Newsday article above. So those of us who enjoy being nakes on that part of Fire Island can still go there. And I'm sure there still will be plenty of buff (if not in the buff) young men in front of the Pines for those who do not approve of most whom they've seen at your average beach, naked or otherwise.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Feb 28, 2013 4:18:40 PM


  4. We'll have to run that one by the PTA.

    Posted by: Jake | Feb 28, 2013 9:25:43 PM


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