BARE AND FREE
|Volume 20||Number 1, March 2008|
In this Issue
Days to Remember
Plan to Attend the Annual Business Meeting March 9
Ours is a member-run club. All members should plan to attend the Annual Business Meeting on March 9. Itís also a picnic. We eat at 1:00 and meet at 2:00. (Besides eating an hour earlier because of the meeting, that is also the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Donít show up at 3:00 looking for food.) The day is free for meeting attendees, but we will be taking donations for our Legal Fund. (See the next article.)
With two rent increases and the construction of two buildings, 2007 was a year of high expense--part of which was offset by generous donations. Come to learn how our treasury fared. Because we already raised our lake fees for this year, no additional fees or bylaw proposals are on the agenda. But we do have to elect our board for this year. (If you are willing to serve, let Grant or Paul know. You must have attended two membership meetings, or two board meetings plus a membership meeting. The March 9 meeting can count as one of them.)
Afterward, there will be a short organizational meeting of the new board.
All Is Not Well in Florida
Two trouble spots are emerging. The first is at Playalinda Beach in the Cape Canaveral National Seashore. Years ago, a park superintendent on an anti-nudity crusade persuaded the county commission to pass an anti-nudity ordinance and then enforce it on federal land. His successor co-operated with the traditional nude sunbathers, and officially designated a second tiny nude area at Apollo Beach--also within the national seashore, but in a different county. Now there is another superintendent: a woman who canít stand nude sunbathers. She has been insisting that county deputies come and do something about it. But there is also a new sheriff who has more important things to do. Deputies have occasionally come out to issue warnings and harass people by taking nude photographs. No one has yet been arrested. Meanwhile, the nude area signs at Apollo Beach have mysteriously disappeared. In an apparent effort to de-escalate the situation, the park service has put the woman on long-term leave, but her assistant is still carrying out her policies.
Central Florida Naturists used to be the watchdog group for Playalinda Beach. But beach groups always find that their numbers swell during a crisis, then dwindle away during peaceful times. The new harassment comes after a relaxed time when Central Florida Naturist membership sank to zero. They have to reorganize quickly.
The second trouble spot is the state legislature right here in Tallahassee. For the past several years, we have only had to watch for sneaky amendments to other bills, but this year, there is a direct attack on nude beaches. House Bill 801 would prohibit nudity within 1,000 feet of any public beach or county park in Florida. The bill takes double aim at Haulover Beach, which lies within a county park. But because South Florida Free Beaches has done such a fine job of making friends in the legislature over the past many years, this bill is unlikely to ever pass.
Making political friends is important. Last year, a bill on child protection would also have tampered with nudity law. It came before a committee chaired by a woman who has attended one of our open houses. She refused to hear the bill until the nudity portion was omitted. It was. Unfortunately, she is no longer in a position to help us this year. We have to continue making new friends.
Our Legal Fund is supported entirely by donations, often in the $50-to-$100 range. Right now, it is too low for us to even send our usual election-year evaluation of candidates. (Our club has led the nation in candidate evaluation since 1994. Both national organizations have sent our pamphlet on how to do it to every club in the country.) Even if neither of the political rumblings turn into an emergency, our Legal Fund needs replenishing. The Annual Meeting or your membership renewal are fine times to keep our citizenship effort going.
Our Wish List
Equipment continues to appear by magic in our storage shed. Thanks go to our members who have quietly donated stuff--especially to Bob for shovels, and Wendy for a first aid kit. We still lack many things that burned up in last yearís fire. If some of them (like a card table and a garden rake) donít appear soon, we will have to start buying new replacements. We still need:
And donít forget that itís not too late to get a building named after you. We now know exactly what each new building cost: $1,034.95 for the pavilion, and $849.22 (plus a lot of work) for the storage shed. We will gladly name either building after any member who underwrites the cost. Where else can you get a building named after yourself for so little? Smaller donations are also welcome.
We Have Two New Books for Sale
North American Guide to Nude Recreation, 23rd edition. Kissimmee: The American Association for Nude Recreation. 2008. 240 pages, a few black-and-white illustrations. Cover price: $13.95. Our price: $12.00.
The Worldís Best Nude Beaches and Resorts. [New title for the 4th edition.] Oshkosh: The Naturist Society. 2007. 304 pages, many color illustrations. Cover price: $25.95. Our price: $24.00.
Both nudist guidebooks have just come out in new editions. The AANR "Park Guide" is revised every other year. We have been waiting more than twelve years for a new edition of The Naturist Societyís "World Guide."
The AANR book is small and inexpensive--designed to fit in the glove compartment of a recreational vehicle. A separate map comes with it, so you can plan your travels. Here, you will find information on more than 200 AANR clubs--including their policies on dress and single visitors. There is a checklist of facilities for each landed club--as well as driving directions. All clubs, landed or not, get a descriptive paragraph and a list of their special events.
The TNS book describes more than 1,000 free beaches and resorts in 50+ countries across North and South America, Europe, Australia, and the southern tip of Africa. And a lot of safe nude beaches have been designated since the last guide was published. Colored pictures abound. This book costs twice as much, but itís more than twice the book, and is expected to be around for a long time.
Both books are on display at the lake. See Paul. And bring money.
Donít Miss the College Greek Athletic Meet March 30
The thirteenth annual College Greek Athletic Meet continues the longest-running nude college program in the nation. This is the worldís only authentic re-enactment of the ancient Pentathlon: broad jump, discus, 200-yard dash, and javelin--with stand-up wrestling in case of a tie. People of any age can compete, but the victory wreaths are reserved for the top college student in each classification: male athlete, male non-athlete, female athlete, female non-athlete.
This all happens March 30. (Rain date is April 6.) The schedule is:
Participants get in free. Visiting spectators pay $20. (No free first visits that day.) Club members enter at their normal rates.
Everyoneís Membership Expires at the End of March
Everyoneís club membership expires at the end of March. Since no additional fee increases are under consideration, people can settle up now. Renewing members are expected to deepen their commitment by joining at least one of the national organizations. A new gate combination will probably go into effect around May 1. Rates are:
American Association for Nude Recreation
The Naturist Society