NAC Action Alert
FLORIDA: Clay County
October 11, 2014

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CLAY COUNTY

PUBLIC OPINION

WHOM WE'RE ASKING YOU TO CONTACT
You may email the Commissioners as a group:
Commissioners@claycountygov.com

... Or you may choose to contact individual commissioners (recommended, if you have the time).

Clay County Commissioners
District 1
Wendell D. Davis
(904) 269-6394
Wendell.Davis@claycountygov.com

District 2
Douglas P. Conkey
(904) 278-4701
Doug.Conkey@claycountygov.com

District 3
Diane Hutchings
(904) 269-6393
Diane.Hutchings@claycountygov.com

District 4
T. Chereese Stewart
(904) 269-6384
Chereese.Stewart@claycountygov.com

District 5
Ronnie E. Robinson

(904) 269-6385
Ronnie.Robinson@claycountygov.com
 

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DATE: October 11, 2014
SUBJECT: Clay County, Florida: proposed anti-nudity ordinance
TO: Florida naturists and other concerned citizens

Attention naturists:

This is an Action Alert from the Naturist Action Committee (NAC). NAC is asking you to take specific action to oppose a potent anti-nudity ordinance in Clay County, Florida. The proposed ordinance prohibiting public nudity throughout the county is part of a package of new local laws being advanced under the flag of "adult business regulation." The anti-nudity ordinance would prohibit nudity generally, while specifically allowing nudity in permitted commercial adult businesses.

QUICK BACKGROUND
Clay County is located in northeastern Florida. Much of the county is sparsely populated, but the county abuts the major metropolitan area of Jacksonville. No "adult" businesses are presently located in Clay County, but the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has become concerned about that possibility. The county's existing ordinance excludes adult businesses altogether and is likely to be found unconstitutional, if it's challenged.

The Clay County BCC has retained an attorney and a land management consultant to create a suite of new ordinances to address the perceived problem. The regulatory element of the ordinances establishes the conditions under which nudity may be a part of commercial adult entertainment businesses. The locational element says where those businesses may be located. But the anti-nudity element forbids public nudity elsewhere. In Clay County, one would be able to be nude (conditionally) as a performer in a strip club, but clothing-optional beaches and parks would be outlawed, as would naturist resorts.

WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO?
If you are a Florida resident, and especially if you're a resident of Clay County, NAC is asking you to do the following TWO THINGS:

   1) immediately contact the members of the board of county commissioners by e-mail, opposing the proposed anti-nudity ordinance.

   2) attend one or both of TWO meetings of the Clay County Commissioners. Those are scheduled for October 14 and October 28. Read below for details. During the public comment period, you will be given the opportunity to speak against the proposed ordinance, and NAC asks that you do so.

WRITE TO THESE OFFICIALS
NAC is reaching out to naturists throughout Florida, because this proposed ordinance has a broad effect. Your comments will carry the most weight if you are a resident of Clay County.

Send your comments to the Board of Commissioners for Clay County, as a group:

 
Commissioners@claycountygov.com

Or, if you have the time, NAC recommends that you address your comments to each County Commissioner, individually:

 
wendell.davis@claycountygov.com
 
doug.conkey@claycountygov.com
 
diane.hutchings@claycountygov.com
 
chereese.stewart@claycountygov.com
 
ronnie.robinson@claycountygov.com

For more information concerning the officials associated with these e-mail addresses, see the NAC web site:
www.naturistaction.org/clay

WHO SHOULD WRITE?
The Naturist Action Committee is addressing this NAC Action Alert to Florida residents. Clay County residents will have the greatest impact in this matter, even if you live in one of the towns "carved out from the effect of the proposed ordinance." Realistically, if you are from outside Florida, your input to Clay County lawmakers is likely to be discounted. If you live elsewhere, but are a frequent visitor to Clay County, or have family members there, or do business there, then please write.

WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY?
When you're writing, be polite and concise. If you are a resident of Clay County or have connections there, you should mention that fact. If you are a Clay County resident, please say so prominently and give your residential address. Regardless, identify yourself by name. Anonymous comments are typically ignored.

Here are some simple points you may wish to make:

  1. The proposed anti-nudity ordinance claims to be part of a solution to the perceived problem of adult businesses, but the proposed ordinances won't prevent such businesses. Instead, they specifically allow them, while they simulataneously restrict personal freedoms. The anti-nudity ordinance further erodes individual liberties throughout the county, in contexts not connected at all with the commercial strip clubs the BCC claims to be regulating.

  2. The proposed anti-nudity ordinance is based on the assumption that nudity, by itself, causes "negative secondary effects." If that were so, property values near existing naturist and nudist resorts would be diminished. But they're not, a fact that's ignored by the so-called "studies" that are cited by the proposed ordinance. Some of those "studies" are nothing more than than the informal opinions of real estate agents who were asked, "What might happen if ..."

  3. The proposed anti-nudity ordinance would make bad law for Clay County.

  4. The proposed ordinance specifically discriminates against women by the inclusion of gender-specific language.

  5. Clay County has a history of having been a destination for tourists and vacationers. Floridians understand the value of this sort of revenue, but Clay County has assigned itself the role of a bedroom community for Jacksonville. At a time in which clothing-optional beaches (like Haulover in Miami-Dade) and naturist resorts (throughout Florida) are bringing in large sums of low-impact non-polluting revenue to their respective communities, the proposed Clay County anti-nudity ordinance would cut off the county from such sources of revenue.

  6. The proposed anti-nudity ordinance imports the outdated 300-word definition of "buttocks" from neighboring St. Johns County. The proposed ordinance would criminalize large numbers of women's swimsuit bottoms, including those sold in Clay County shops.

PLEASE COPY NAC ON YOUR CORRESPONDENCE
You can help the effort by letting us know what you've said. Please send copies of your correspondence to NAC. E-mail works best.

     claycomments@naturistaction.org

ATTEND THESE PUBLIC MEETINGS

OCTOBER 14: ATTEND THE CLAY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING
When: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 2:00 PM
Where: BCC meeting room
   4th floor of the Clay County Administration Building
   477 Houston Street, Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043

OCTOBER 28: ATTEND THE CLAY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING
When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 5:00 PM
Where: BCC meeting room (same location as above)

For talking points, see the suggested writing points, above.

NAC is working on this matter in coordination with South Florida Free Beaches and with the American Association for Nude Recreation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
You can find additional information, including this NAC Action Alert, at http://naturistaction.org/clay or by visiting the NAC web site www.naturistaction.org and clicking on ALERTS.

On NAC's Action Alert page for Clay County, you'll find a link to the complete text of each of the proposed ordinances.

PLEASE HELP NAC CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!
The Naturist Action Committee is a nonprofit volunteer adjunct to The Naturist Society, a membership organization. NAC is committed to vigorous activism on behalf of naturists. NAC has no membership roster and receives no dues money. NAC relies entirely on the voluntary financial support of concerned naturists like YOU.

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Thank you for choosing once again to make a difference.

Naturally,
Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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