Famous Nudie Beach Under Fire

Clothed, clothed fire
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2008 1:40 PM CDT
Nude bather Leo Merchant, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., sits in his kayak at Southwest Cove on Lake Willoughby, Friday, June 7, 2008, in Westmore, Vt.    (AP Photo/Alden Pellett)
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(Newser) – Sunbathers at one of the nation’s most famous nude beaches may be forced to put their clothes on, the AP reports. South Cove in Vermont is considered destination traveling for nudists, but locals are petitioning for a town ordinance against nudity. “It’s about common public decency,” said one petitioner. Nudists shouldn't "prance around like a puffed up chicken in front of my kids and think it's OK."

Nudists say the beach is established and accepted. Past efforts to clothe the bathers have failed, with the town concluding that a ban was unenforceable. “We all have our personal feelings about it. I just don't go down there,” said one resident. “Most of them are fat old men like me. Who wants to see them?”

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