Nude beach could make its way to Palm Beach County
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) —
A clothing optional beach at Gulfstream Park near Delray Beach, could happen as soon as this summer.
According to Karl Dickey, the Director of the "Palm Beach County Freedom Beach Initiative," the group is working with county commissioners to designate the isolated North side as clothing optional, away from homes overlooking the area.
"We want somewhere isolated where [people] won't just happen upon it," Dickey explained. "We're not interested in offending anyone."
Ideally, Dickey wants support from Palm Beach County. Thursday, the group sent county commissioners a letter, asking for Parks and Recreation and the Tourism Bureau to jump on board.
Dickey says there is no nearby clothing optional beach, and there's a large revenue benefit Palm Beach County is missing out on.
The closest option is more than an hour away at Haulover Park in Miami.
Tourism numbers show that within three years of this established nude beach in 2004, parking revenue increased 120 percent.
The Miami Parks and Recreation Board established 1.3 million annual visits that year, with 85 percent of those visitors going to the clothing-optional section. To break that number down further, more than half of those visitors traveled from outside the county.
The overall revenue per year: more than $1,000,000.
On Monday, county commissioners will discuss the issue. However, even if the clothing optional beach is shot down, the group will continue anyways.
According to Florida Statute 800.03, "It is unlawful to expose or exhibit one's sexual organs in public... in a vulgar or indecent manner, or to be naked in public except in any place provided or set apart for that purpose."
However, according to most interpretations, the term "indecency" is up for debate. Fairly consistent Florida case law says this typically means more than mere nudity.
As long as nothing sexual happens, clothing optional beaches are legal, Dickey says.
Their page on Facebook has 300 people interested in the idea and is ready to set up shop when given the green light.