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

Officials cite public lewdness and diminished dunes for ending Suffolk's only nude beach.

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

That is, in Suffolk County 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.

steven hatem February 27, 2013 at 08:32 PM
another closed minded decision by the people that think their way of life is better or more right than others. i have been going to thi beach since my children were 5 yers old. 20 years. most people there are very nice and just like in all aspects of life complaining about the few people that don't abide by the rules is like being closed minded to religious and sexual preference beliefs. percentage wise the people that go there liter less than anywhere i have been in new york. although some people sneak a little action were doesn't that happen? this is a terrible decision that will sadden thousands of very nice people that enjoy one of gods greatest gifts to us. to safely enjoy nudity and our beautiful ocean. shame on anyone who had a part in this decision. most beaches have a hundred times the liter than this beach and there are garbage pails all over. almost everyone that goes to this beach takes there garbage off the beach themselves. at the end of every day many of the regular goers pick up anything litered by inconsiderate people. they need to re-think this decision.
Archie Bunker February 27, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Just a note - it's not "sexual preference", its sexual orientation. No one makes a preference or choice in their instinctive attraction to another person. We are very puritanical in this country, we are like the redeemer nation in many ways. We always make a lot of prudish, "morally righteous" rules and laws. Sometimes it's a vain attempt at brushing our own ignorances under the carpet and pushing others "virtuous" views on others to make ourselves feel better. We are very big into declaring whats right and wrong instead of taking pride in live and let be. If you don't like it, don't go down to the end of field 5. Sex goes on all over the place, its not be villainized.
Chris M February 28, 2013 at 05:01 PM
You take enough from us! Leave us alone!!!
confectioner February 28, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Home of the Free, just read the endless small print on the way in.

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