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, according to Newsday.

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.

christie nicolle February 27, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Good! the public lewdness of homosexuals + other narcissists has to be the worst...
David D'Agostino February 27, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Christie, there is no "public lewdness" worse than what you spew on these boards.
Pauline February 27, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Christie, Why would you write something so rude? Lighthouse Beach allowed for so many years. It didn't seem to bother the former Chief Rangers, so this one in charge is kinda like you. Ignorant.
christie nicolle February 28, 2013 at 07:12 PM
talk about "public lewdness"... check your inept President Obummer... his recent hijacking of the worthless Oscars... this is a debasement of the white house, its a new LOW...using the slime of Hollywood to drag our country ideeper in the sewer. Never have we seen a more twisted divisive imposter... yea, Obama is as lewed as it gets.
Jerry Can February 28, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Nothing wrong with nudity on the beach, or even sex on the beach. But at a public park where there are many others around is not the place for the lewdness. I say keep the nudity and enforce the no sex policy harder.
christie nicolle March 01, 2013 at 03:02 AM
there's a Reason why Adam + Eve covered themselves with fig leaves... one needs to study + understand the structure of human beings + the subtle forces that certain low minded people emanate.


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