Closing the Nude Beach Would Leave the Local Economy Soft and Shriveled, Says Nudist
Haulover Beach, the clothing optional beach, is on my list of local places to visit, just because going to a nude beach seems like one of those things you should do before you die. The problem is I am doubtful I would participate in the rampant nakedness (What if I see someone I know? What if I get an unfortunate sunburn? What if some older lady asks for assistance with applying sunscreen?), then I think I'd feel awkward being a clothed person amongst a sea of withering, oiled, bare flesh. Then I realize I don't want to think about that anymore, and find something else to do with my day.
Well, about 1.4 million visitors a year to Haulover are less inhibited. Problem for them is that the state legislature has, maybe, tried to insert language in various bills to close nude beaches.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, during the Borward Legislative Delegation's latest local meeting, Richard Mason (a representative from various naturist groups) asked that stare legislators please make sure that nude beaches stay open. He claims Haulover, located in northern Miami-Dade, has an $800 million impact on the local economy each year, and draws more visitors than the Marlins or the Dolphins.
The lawmakers politely declined to discuss the issue further, probably suffering from the same "I don't want to think about that anymore" problem I have.
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