San Onofre State Beach, as seen from the top of Trail 6. The traditional clothing-optional area starts down the beach to the left (south). It uses about 1,000 feet of the parkís public beachfront. Thatís less than three and a half percent.

CA Parks officials have been talking about how changing times have made the beach less isolated and more crowded. So, after you youíve made your way to the very last trail in the park, but before you make your descent down the steep trail to the beach below and your half-mile walk to the clothing-optional area, pause for a moment to see if you can spot the throngs of people the Parks spokespersons would have you believe are crowding the beach.
 

   1.  Californians want to be able to enjoy clothing-optional beaches.
  
In a statewide survey conducted in 2009, the independent and prestigious Zogby International polling organization asked:
   ďDo you agree or disagree that people should be able to enjoy nude sunbathing on a beach or other location that is designated for that purpose?Ē

The poll shows that
79 percent agree.

  2. Californians want the Department of Parks & Rec to designate clothing-optional beaches in State Parks.
  
In that same poll, which was commissioned by the nonprofit Naturist Education Foundation, 62 percent of Californians said that they agreed that the California Parks Dept. should exercise the legal authority it has to designate clothing-optional areas in State Parks.

 
3. The majority of Californians are NOT offended by non-sexual nudity.
  
The NEF California Poll asked:
ďDo you agree or disagree that you are personally offended by the non-sexual nudity of others?Ē

The responses to the poll shows that
60 percent of Californians disagree, that is, 60 percent are NOT offended by non-sexual nudity.

   4.  Americans want to be able to enjoy clothing-optional beaches.
  
In a national survey conducted in 2006 by the independent and prestigious Roper polling organization, 74 percent answered yes to the question:
   ďDo you believe that people who enjoy nude sunbathing should be able to do so without interference from local officials as long as they do so at a beach that is accepted for that purpose?Ē

   In the national poll, which was also commissioned by the nonprofit
Naturist Education Foundation, a majority of Americans - 54 percent - said they favored having local and state governments take steps to set aside special and secluded areas for those who enjoy nude sunbathing.

    5San Onofre State Beach is a proper spot for clothing-optional recreation.
  
In study requested in 1979 by then DPR Director Russell Cahill, Assistant Director Richard Felty and Ross Henry, Chief of the Planning Division, reviewed existing beaches in the state, with the goal of recommending a couple of beaches, one north and one south, to be designated for official clothing-optional use.

   Quoting from the DPRís own study:

For more from the DPRís 1979 study, click here.
 
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IN COURT
DOCUMENTS RELATED TO NACís LAWSUIT

DPRís OPPOSITION TO NACís PETTITION FOR WRIT
[Note: these responses contain some breathtaking nonsense!]

COURT OF APPEALS

PUBLIC OPINION

INFORMATION FOR NATURISTS

 FROM FRIENDS OF SAN ONOFRE BEACH

This fight is expensive! The California Dept. of Parks & Rec has already spent more than $40,000 of the taxpayersí money just to keep from having to hold hearings at which clothing-optional users might support a traditionally clothing-optional 1,000 foot strip of beach at Trail 6 of San Onofre State Beach.

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Brief Summary of Current Status:
Tickets for nudity are being issued
at the traditional clothing-optional Trail 6 area of San Onofre State Beach. DPR may issue citations for nudity under Title 14, Section 4322 of the California Code of Regulations AT ANY UNIT OF THE STATE PARK SYSTEM.

If you receive a citation for nudity at San Onofre AND you were in the traditional clothing-optional area, please contact NAC board member Allen Baylis by e-mail:
          
rab@baylislaw.com

The Naturist Action Committee and fifteen partners have petitioned the California Parks and Recreation Department and the California Park and Recreation Commission to designate areas for clothing-optional use in units of the State Park system. NAC has appeared at meetings of the Commission. At the meeting in San Diego on December 10, 2010, forty naturists attended. Twenty-six of them spoke in an impressive presentation that lasted about an hour.

Watch for NAC Action Alerts, Advisories and Updates on this important topic.

NAC reminds you that the traditional nude area at San Onofre is south of Trail 6. Marine Base property is off-limits. Speak up for proper clothing-optional beach etiquette. Lewd activity is never appropriate. It reflects badly on the beach and may result in criminal prosecution.
 

SEP 13, 2009 - A portion of the Beach Rally sponsored by Friends of San Onofre Beach. More than a hundred participants showed up. No citations were issued.

California

San Onofre State Beach

   Since the mid 1970s when San Onofre State Beach was first opened to the public, a relatively small portion of the park has been used clothing-optionally. The far south end of the beach is clothing-optional, just north of the boundary with Camp Pendleton, the U.S. Marine Corps base from which the entire State Beach was originally carved.
     Following a series of public hearings in 1979, a memorandum by Russell Cahill established the policy for managing nudity within units of the State Park system. Cahill, who was Director of the California Parks and Recreation Department, formalized the State Park systemís standard administrative procedure for preserving personal liberties and resolving conflicts that might arise in an area of traditional clothing-optional use.
     The Cahill Policy, as it became known, was cited as Park Department policy in a California Superior Court case (
People v. Bost, 1988) and was affirmed in 1988 as the operational administrative procedure for California State Parks in a letter written by then-DPR Deputy Director Jack Harrison.

     In May, 2008, DPR Director Ruth Coleman took it upon herself to abrogate longstanding public policy by suddenly revoking the Cahill Policy as it applied to San Onofre State Beach. In a clear violation of Californiaís Administrative Procedures Act, Coleman sought no public input whatsoever and held no public hearings at all before declaring the change to an administrative procedure that had been in effect for close to 30 years.

     The
Naturist Action Committee (NAC) and Friends of San Onofre Beach (FOSOB) have sued the California Department of Parks and Recreation, insisting that the agency be made to follow state law concerning public policy.
 

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