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Feds Strip Nude Bathing From Fire Island; Are You Bummed?

Officials point to reports of public lewdness and diminished dunes, ending Suffolk's only nude beach.

Federal park officials sent a message to nude sunbathers: Put your clothes back on.

That is, in Suffolk at least.

Fire Island National Seashore officials said they will begin enforcing laws that prohibit nude bathing on Fire Island, after many reports of sex and other incidents of public lewdness on the beaches, Newsday reports.

Officials also said Hurricane Sandy had damaged many sand dunes that had provided a buffer so onlookers couldn't peep on bathers from afar.

"We've been struggling to make it work because Fire Island has a history of that type of use and people have been coming there for years," Fire Island chief ranger Lena Koschmann told Newsday. "The more we talked about it and researched it, the more we realized that that use wasn't compatible with an area like Lighthouse Beach."

Fire Island had been the only beach in Suffolk to allow nude bathing.

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Are you upset or pleased about the decision? Let us know in the comments.

Beach Bummed March 01, 2013 at 02:59 AM
The claim that the Rangers were trying to make this work isn't true. At Sailors Haven there was a very isolated stretch of beach that allowed nudity. 2 years ago they put up signs saying that nudity was now prohibited for no reason. So this move is just another step to push that agenda. The $5,000 fine and 6 months in jail is outrageously excessive and additional evidence of the real obscenity going on here. I would go out to lighthouse beach and never saw much lewd behavior and if there was that going on the police should just arrest the violators. The nude beach there was accepted for many years and there was nothing wrong with it.
Eddy March 01, 2013 at 08:20 PM
It should never have been allowed to go on. I actually tried it once or twice and was very uncomfortable having people walk by and stating but the deal beaker for me was the gay sex going on in plain sight. Thus is not a true nudist area but an excuse for public deviant behavior. You can teach UR kids about loving themselves without this kind of crap going on. The laws prohibiting nudity have been on books for decades and the authorities gave been allowing it to go on in certain out of the way areas where it went mostly unnoticed . however the landscape has changed so drastically now that you would literally have kids going to visit the lighthouse on field trips passing way to close the the area with nothing to block the view. So it's time for a change like it or not.
Al Mahany March 03, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Why should we be treated like some kind of disease and shunted off to some remote area while the clothed beach users get convenient access? We pay taxes too. They get their beach and we get ours. What is wrong with that?
Al Mahany March 03, 2013 at 12:31 PM
The beach is not visible from the boardwalk at all
Al Mahany March 03, 2013 at 12:36 PM
First of all true nudists do not tolerate public sex any more than you do. It is actually very rare, but if we see it, we ask them to stop and then call the Rangers if they refuse. I believe you that you were uncomfortable using our beach, and that is fine. You have many fine clothed beaches to choose from and be comfortable.We had one beach to be comfortable at, and it was taken away from us for no reason.

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