Obiter Dicta

Naked Agenda


That’s what the Naturist Action Committee—an Oshkosh, Wis.-based organization dedicat­ed to advancing and protecting the rights of naturists through­out North America—was trying to avoid in July when it filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against the California State Depart­ment of Parks and Recreation.

The parks department, acting on complaints of inappropriate behavior, had given the clothing-optional crowd until Labor Day to let it all hang out at a designated portion of San Onofre State Beach. After that, anyone caught on the beach in the buff would be subject to being ticketed and fined as much as $360.

Attorney Allen Baylis of Hunting­ton Beach, Calif.—who happens to be a board member of the NAC—spearheaded the resistance effort. He maintains that the state failed to convene a public hearing on the issue, and that the inappropriate behavior occurs in a parking lot close to a mile from the beach.

In a letter to NAC members, Bay­lis urged fellow nudists to “keep going to the beach at San Onofre, and keep using it in the traditional clothing-optional manner.”

At a hearing in August, an Orange County judge ruled tentatively that the devotees of disrobing could doff their duds until further notice.

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