Gold Beach, where generations of Marines have trained for amphibious assaults, is now the scene of another kind of battle. The strip of sand on Camp Pendleton is the latest flash point between nudists and state park rangers — with Marines caught in the crossfire.
The nudists say zealous state park rangers have followed them onto the federal property in an effort to cite them for violating the state’s coverup laws…
Gold Beach is directly south of San Onofre State Beach, which for several years was the object of legal skirmishing between nudists and officialdom. Two years ago a court ruled that the state had the authority to ban nudity at so-called Trail 6, long a spot favored by nudists.
The problem is proximity. Trail 6 is only a short walk from Gold Beach.
The Marine Corps says it does not want any civilians — naked or clothed — on its beach. Signs warn sunbathers to stay away. But in an effort to avoid park rangers at San Onofre State Beach, nudists have ventured south. An apparent confrontation a week ago, details of which are in dispute, between a nudist, rangers and military police has brought the issue to a head…
The nudists wonder why a cash-strapped parks system can afford to spend time and money on enforcing a prohibition on what they see as the victimless crime of going au naturel. The Trail 6 beach, Squicciarini said, is kept tidy and self-policed by hundreds of people who prefer their recreation, including use of a volleyball court, in the buff.
“We’ve gone to great efforts to keep the beach pristine,” he said…
All the beach property in question is owned by the Marine Corps, which leases the property that is San Onofre State Beach to the state.
Don’t know why we’re catching an increase in nudist news, lately. I have to tippy-toe a little bit to keep my sense of humor getting the best of me. Nudism makes great sense to me – in an environment where you don’t get arrested for lewd behavior in front of your dog or something.