California Court Allows State To Ban Nude Sunbathing

California's highest court is allowing the state to tell sunbathers they can be punished for enjoying public beaches in the buff -- even in areas informally designated as "clothing optional."

The California Supreme Court on Thursday denied review of a 2008 lower court ruling upholding the right to cite nude beachgoers in Orange County.

Officials began to crack down on nudity last year at San Onofre State Beach, where naked sunbathing has gone on for about 20 years, citing complaints about lewd behavior.

A group of naturists successfully sued, citing 1979 guidelines for nudity at state beaches. But an appeals court reversed the decision, saying those guidelines weren't adopted with public feedback.


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