NAC Advisory
CALIFORNIA: BLACK'S BEACH
August 13, 2006

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DATE:    August 13, 2006
SUBJECT: Black's Beach
TO:      All Naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Naturist,

The Naturist Action Committee (NAC) advises you of a developing situation at Black's Beach in San Diego County, California. This NAC Advisory has been developed in close cooperation with Black's Beach Bares, the local user group for the clothing-optional site in Torrey Pines State Park.

RECENT POSTING OF ANTI-NUDITY SIGNS AT BLACK'S

Two new signposts appeared at the boundaries of Black's Beach on Friday, August 4. Among the signs on each post, there is welcome and useful information. For example, the north post includes a sign that advises of rip currents. The one at the southern limit actually establishes the boundary of Torrey Pines State Park. Both posts include signs that encourage beachgoers to pack out their garbage. But each post also includes a sign that states ominously: "NUDITY IN THE STATE PARK SYSTEM IS PROHIBITED."

WHY THE SIGNS ARE INAPPROPRIATE

Lloyd Johnson of Black's Beach Bares explains that each of the new anti-nudity signs improperly states the protocol used for decades by California Parks to manage nude recreation in state parks. Russell W. Cahill, who was Director of California's Department of Parks and Recreation in the late 1970s, issued a memorandum in 1979 that established a process for allowing clothing-optional recreation in traditional areas. Cahill observed that naturist activity "seems to be a victimless crime at worst, and certainly an innocuous activity." The memorandum became known as the Cahill Policy.

The anti-nudity sign, which is identical on the north and south poles, makes no mention of the accommodation for nudity that has been in place for years. Of the wording of the sign, Lloyd Johnson said recently, "It implies a stronger position than the Cahill Policy allows, and it encourages user conflict."

CLOTHING-OPTIONAL STATUS OF BLACK'S BEACH HAS NOT CHANGED

Despite the posting of the signs, no specific operational differences have been observed by naturists at the beach. However, the matter of encouraging user conflict is significant. The Naturist Action Committee believes that uninformed users will see the sign, see those who are nude on the beach, and feel obligated to make a report to the park rangers. The Cahill Policy allows nudity to be suspended when a complaint is made, even in a traditional clothing-optional area.

WHAT IS NAC DOING?

In conjunction with Black's Beach Bares, the Naturist Action Committee is continuing its intensive dialog on this matter with California Parks officials at several levels. A significant portion of the effort is informational and educational, since many California Parks field managers in lower and middle levels of responsibility are unfamiliar with protocols the Department has used for decades to manage nude recreation.

The Naturist Action Committee seeks the removal of the misleading and inflammatory anti-nudity signs. NAC supports the placement of informational signage, allowing users to know that an area of traditional clothing-optional use lies ahead.

WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO?

This is an informational Advisory only. The Naturist Action Committee is not asking you to take any action at this time. Please be aware that the new signage at Black's Beach has not affected clothing-optional activities at the beach. Watch for NAC Action Alerts, Advisories and Updates on this important matter.

MORE LOCAL INFORMATION?

Visit the web site of Blacks Beach Bares: www.blacksbeach.org

PLEASE HELP NAC HELP LOCAL NATURISTS

The Naturist Action Committee exists to advance and protect the rights and interests of naturists throughout North America. Since its inception more than 15 years ago, NAC has consistently and successfully supported the responsible nude use of public lands. The activist programs of the Naturist Action Committee rely entirely on the voluntary support of involved naturists. Please donate generously with a check to:

    NAC
    PO Box 132
    Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or use your credit card to make a direct donation online through NAC's web site:
   
www.naturistaction.org/donate/

Thank you for choosing to make a difference.

Naturally,

Allen Baylis
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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