Pastor vows to stop plan for nude beach
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS 12) —
A local pastor is calling on other clergy members to band together to stop nudists from making one of our beaches clothing optional.
“We don’t want to be known as a hangout for nudists,” said Pastor Mark D. Boykin, Church of All Nations Boca Raton senior pastor.
Pastor Boykin says there’s no way Palm Beach County should have a nude beach.
He’s starting a petition drive at his church this week to derail plans by a grassroots group.
“We’re gonna just go out there and take our clothes off, kids and all? That is the most insidious thing I have heard in this county in the last 20 years,” Pastor Boykin said.
Pastor Boykin says he will also call on other pastors, rabbis and religious leaders to join his plan.
“It’s surprising to hear because we have a lot of Christian naturists that are involved in our movement,” said Karl Dickey, Palm Beach Naturists executive director.
Palm Beach Naturists, a clothing-optional group, will give Palm Beach County Commissioners until April 20 to designate a portion of one of the 11 county-owned beaches as clothing-optional.
If the county does not act, then in May, the group will choose their own site and put up signs designating it as a nude beach.
They say under FL Statutes 800.03, they can do that because it’s not unlawful to be naked in any place provided or set aside for that purpose.
“We’re not gonna be on Atlantic and A1A running around nude. This is not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about a secluded area,” Dickey said.
“We’re gonna rise up and put a stop to some of this nonsense,” Pastor Boykin said.
Palm Beach Naturists—the group pushing for a nude beach---has a petition on Facebook and so far they have nearly 150 signatures from people who want a nude beach.
Proponents say a clothing-optional beach will also attract tourists who will spend money in our restaurants, stores and hotels.
Dickey says his group has three spots in mind that would be suitable for a clothing-optional beach in Palm Beach County, and he’s not naming them at this time.