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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  • by man with no name Location: nowhere on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    i went to a nude beach one time near san diego, and got nude. i soon made an exit when i heard someone say "look at the flat chested woman over there".
  • by Isa Location: CA on Oct 23, 2009 at 04:50 AM
    I wouldn't personally know how people who sunbathe nude look, but I imagine like any cross-section of the population they are average individuals with their own unique flaws & beauties - not a good reason to judge them for it. I'm offended by the societal standards of beauty promoted by most media anyway. Skin cancer is no more danger sunbathing nude than with a bikini or trunks on. The real issue to me is designation. If it's a nude beach, it's a nude beach. If you don't want to be nude, or see nude, you don't go to a nude beach. Where do we draw the line in the encroachment on our choices? These kinds of legal actions are a prime example of a colossal waste of time & resources. As if our courts aren't already backed up with enough nonsense cases - so much that most in CA end in arbitration/settlement rather than trial. How about spending more time figuring out how to get Californians back into the work force so we can feed our families & keep a roof over our heads???
  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    Ya know, besides the fact that most people that do that look gross, you would think the high rate of skin cancer would scare them off.

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