When Maria Burks trots out these old untruths, Naturists cringe. There's no question that in the 1970s, severe damage was dealt to the dunes near the nude beach at
Truro. However, the charge that Naturists were responsible, directly or indirectly, for the lasting damage was politically expedient fiction created years ago to justify a ban on nudity at Cape Cod National Seashore.
That fabrication had a definite purpose back in the mid-1970s. It was an early foreshadowing of the use of "negative secondary effect" as an argument for the elimination of nudity. Decades
later, that tactic has been formalized and fine tuned as a tool for shutting down nude beaches without having to bother addressing the rights of Naturists. After all, anti-nudity measures are taken to combat "the
peepers, not the bathers."
So who damaged the dunes? In documented reality, it was the Park Service rangers themselves, as they ripped raw new ruts in the fragile sand with their vehicles in their pursuit of the free beachers of the 70s. Of course, there were some in the Park Service who immediately began saying otherwise. And the fiction was born.