Key West Ogles Nude Beach

Law banning 'naturist' beaches may be shot down
By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2009 4:31 AM CDT
Costumed revelers stop for an ice cream during a Fantasy Fest in Key West.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Uninhibited Key West may loosen up even more if naturists gets their way, reports the Miami Herald. A city commissioner plans to introduce a referendum in October to amend an ordinance barring public nudity—much to the delight of nude sunbathing advocates who want a small strip of rarely used beach designated clothing optional.

While Key West is famed as a flip-flop-friendly town prone to body-paint parades and topless rooftop bars, the city hasn't allowed nude sunbathing since 1983. A county official says visiting foreigners wonder why Americans are "such prudes" at the beach, and city planners hope a nude beach will bring in more tourist dollars.