NAC Action Alert
Key West

July 19, 2009



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DATE: July 19, 2009
SUBJECT: Florida: Key West
TO: Naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Naturist,

Together with local naturist groups, the Naturist Action Committee is asking for your immediate action on an important matter in Florida. With permission and by request, this NAC Action Alert follows (and is largely taken from) a similar alert released by South Florida Free Beaches/Florida Naturist Association, B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation Institute and the Florida Keys Free Beaches Committee.

NAC asks that you email and/or fax a letter immediately to Key West city officials, requesting designation of a clothing-optional beach in the City of Key West. Details follow.


South Florida Free Beaches (SFFB)/Florida Naturist Association (FNA), B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation Institute and the Florida Keys Free Beaches Committee have been working to establish a designated clothing-optional naturist family beach in Key West, a European-style facility in the tradition of Haulover Beach. The selected section of beach is located at the east end of Smatherís Beach.

For the past several months, the local naturist team has met with members of the county and city commissions, the city manager, and other community leaders, providing them with information required to make an educated and informed decision. Comparative information shows an economic impact of about $900 million annually with 2008 parking revenues of $1,770,834 from Hauloverís clothing-optional beach.

On Tuesday, July 7th, naturist leaders spoke before the Key West City Commission, presenting the economic impact that would be the projected result of a designated naturist beach.


The Key West City Commission is composed of six commissioners and a mayor. The mayor votes when there is a tie vote of the commission. Naturists have three firm votes in favor of a designated clothing-optional beach. The mayor has stated he would vote against a designated beach if there is a tie vote, even though recent local Florida Keys polls have been favorable to a designated naturist beach.

This coming Tuesday, July 21, City Commissioner Bill Verge intends to offer a resolution that would place the issue of a designated naturist beach on the ballot for an October referendum vote, in which the citizens of Key West would cast their ballots directly on the issue. An unfavorable referendum vote would have serious delaying consequences. The strategy of Commissioner Verge is to preempt the City Commission with a vote of the people, forestalling the Commissionís future consideration of a designated beach.

Some Commissioners are already concerned that a Commission vote in favor of a designated beach will result in a church-sponsored backlash among registered voters. However, there are other ways to facilitate a clothing-optional beach without requiring Commissioners to vote directly for the issue. One alternate path includes a carefully crafted revision of the Cityís existing anti-nudity code.


This issue does not require a voter referendum. Commissioners are elected to make the tough decisions, and this decision is not as difficult as many others. The establishment of a clothing-optional beach would not even require the expenditure of city money.

Naturists have the support of the Lodging Association, the Hotel Association, the Business Guild and most members of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the support of local media.

Key West greatly values visitors and the city relies on the tourist trade. Naturists who send their e-mailed comments immediately to the City Commissioners will create additional awareness and help affirm the idea that naturists and others will spend money in Key West if they have a designated naturist beach to visit.


The Naturist Action Committee is asking you to do just ONE thing:

   1) Immediately send your comments by e-mail, supporting a clothing-optional beach in Key West. Send your e-mails to Key Westís mayor and city manager, to members of the Key West City Commission and to two important local agencies.


NAC is asking ALL NATURISTS and other concerned individuals to write, regardless of your residence. Key West recognizes the value of attention (and dollars) from tourists and other visitors.


Time is short. Please e-mail your comments immediately to:

   Mayor Morgan McPherson   Fax: 305-809-3886
   Commissioner Bill Verge Fax: 305-809-3886
   Commissioner Mark Rossi Fax: 305-809-3886
   Commissioner Barry Gibson Fax: 305-809-3886
   Commissioner Teri Johnston Fax: 305-809-3886
   Commissioner Clayton Lopez Fax: 305-809-3886
   Commissioner Joe Pais Fax: 305-809-3886
   City Mgr. Jim Scholl Fax: 305-809-3771
   Tourist Development Council (TDC)
Fax: 305-296-0788
   Keys Tourism Agency

NAC would enjoy the opportunity to read your notes. Please send a copy to:

   P.O. Box 132
   Oshkosh, WI 54903

Here are some suggested points you may wish to make:

   1. Identify yourself. Anonymous correspondence is often disregarded. If you are a past or prospective visitor to Key West, please say so prominently.

   2. Be brief and polite.

   3. Request that the commissioners themselves vote on the issue and NOT refer it to a ballot referendum.

   4. Remind the Commissioners that you would visit Key West if it had a naturist beach. Skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing are valid recreational choices.

   5. Your vacation dollars are primarily (or exclusively) spent in cities or countries where there are naturist facilities.

   6. You visit South Florida because of Haulover Beachís legal clothing optional status.

Additional information and links are available, along with this NAC Action Alert on the Web site of the Naturist Action Committee.

Select "Alerts" and find this NAC Action Alert under Current Alerts. There you will find the agenda for the July 21 meeting of the City Commission, as well as the complete text of the proposed anti-naturist ordinance.

You will also find valuable information at the Web site of South Florida Free Beaches: .


Of course, local naturists are accepting donations to support this effort. Additionally, however, South Florida Free Beaches has indicated that it may have to call on NAC for help as this issue moves forward. Richard Mason, President of SFFB has suggested that you consider a contribution to NAC to assure that NAC will be able to help.

The Naturist Action Committee is a volunteer nonprofit organization that exists to advance and protect the rights of naturists throughout North America. To do its job, NAC relies entirely on the voluntary generosity of supporters like you. To donate to NAC, use the address below

   PO Box 132
   Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation:

Thank you for choosing to make a difference.


Michael Kush
Morley Schloss
Board Members
Naturist Action Committee

Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Dir. Bob Morton       -
Board Member Michael Kush      -
Board Member Morley Schloss    -
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick  -

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