Florida County Seeks Ban on Beach Bums

Law would force thong, G-string flashers to adopt wider coverage
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2009 3:34 AM CST
Officials in Pinellas County say they have received complaints from tourists dismayed to find too much flesh on display at local beaches.   (©robertpaulyoung)
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(Newser) – Florida's Pinellas County is seeking a crackdown on exposed backsides, the St. Petersburg Times reports. The county, citing complaints from visitors dismayed to find men and women nearly nude at area beaches, wants to protect the region's image as a family destination by banning skimpy thongs and G-strings in favor of swimwear that involves wider coverage.

Nudists who have long campaigned for a clothing-optional beach in the area say the proposed law is a step in the wrong direction that will actually drive tourists away. “It’s certainly going to have a negative impact because it’s going to turn people away who want to wear less bathing suit than their grandmother does," said a spokesman for Tampa Area Naturists.