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Two Florida nudist resorts no longer AANR members
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Brian

Posted: Aug 22, 2009

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http://www.examiner.com/x-15353-Detroit-Day-Trips-Examiner~y2009m8d22-Two-Florida-nudist-resorts-no-longer-AANR-members

A couple of weeks ago, a reader challenged my assertion that resorts endorsed by the American Association for Nude Recreation supported only family-friendly resorts and held those resorts to high standards of behavior. Her specific point was in regard to a resort in Florida ? Paradise Lakes, located in Land o? Lakes, not far from Orlando. She said that the resort condoned overtly sexual behavior publically and that, perhaps, the AANR endorsement didn?t mean as much as I said it did.
Turns out, we were both right. Paradise Lakes, which opened in 1981 and was associated with AANR for more than 20 years, recently promoted a ?Miss G-string Competition? to be hosted by a Penthouse cover model. This event certainly doesn?t seem like the kind to which families would flock.
Apparently, AANR agreed. Upon learning of the competition, AANR voted to temporarily suspend Paradise Lakes? membership. Resort owner, John Forier reacted to this news by withdrawing from AANR altogether. (Fox, 2)
According to Carolyn Hawkins, spokesperson for AANR, ?"When a club receives a charter they make a commitment to uphold our standards." The organization offers marketing and lobbying muscle to its members. AANR's principles state: "Any club that deliberately advocates, endorses, encourages or promotes sexual activities or sexual enterprises is subject to revocation of its charter."
In 2008, a neighboring resort, Caliente, also withdrew its membership to AANR after investigation and subsequent suspension by that organization. Caliente?s alleged ties to a swingers? organization breached the agreement with AANR.
The moral of this story? If you?re nakationing with your family, be certain that your destination is AANR endorsed; you?ll be able to count on naturism at its best.

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Brian

Posted: Aug 22, 2009

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I would like to make a comment on this story.

I am really proud of the author of this article, Laura Leyrer. I don't know her, and I don't know if she is a nudist or not. But, she gets it!

The last line of this article reads, "The moral of this story? If you?re nakationing with your family, be certain that your destination is AANR endorsed; you?ll be able to count on naturism at its best."

This makes me proud to be an AANR member.

--Brian
It's true... AANR is a wonderful organization. If any of you out there don't have a membership yet, it's completely worth your money... you'll save your membership fee in discounts after only a few club visits!

That said, I can't believe we lost Paradise Lakes! That is a huge shame on them... I just don't understand why they would even schedule something as blatantly sexual as a g-string competition while still having the AANR membership. At least they, like Caliente, (eventually) decided to voluntarily withdraw from AANR so the choice to re-join is there in the future.
The previous owner of Paradise Lakes Joe Lettlier basically rans the club into the gorund. All he cared about was building more condo and making money. When he sold the club to Joh Forier, everyone there and longtime residents were happy as can be. From what I have been told by people who have lived there for years, he is even worse than Joe was. This guy is a nut job. I actually have seen him with my own eyes, licking whipped cream off a womans nipple in the large jet pool when we tried out New years weekend there a few years ago. Police have been called there ebcause of fights he has with his girlfriend. he fights with the condo association. The old pool area is not even open. the facilites are run down. The Place has money problems also. I tell people if I won the lotto and came into enough money, I would buy the place or Caliente and bring it back to what a real nudist resort should be. there is so much potential. Both have a lot of potential, jsut need owners with a plan that also have true nudist values. That is why we go to Cypress Cove.
Aww man... boy am I glad that place no longer has any connection to Paradise Valley, then! We've got a wonderful slice of, well, actual paradise here in GA, and I'd hate for someone like that to screw this up, too.
If it were not sold it would have been the same. We met a couple at paradise lakes that was from paradise Valley that were so obviously swingers. they gave us the creeps. paradise Lakes used to be a great place in the 90's. Boy how things change.
Yeah, that sucks a lot. I hope the swingers don't take over Paradise Valley, too. Bryan, I sent you a PM about the swingers, by the way.
We visited Paradise Lakes about a month ago for a weekend. They gave me a discount for my AANR memebership, and I was not aware they were not still AANR affiliated. The place was fine, except for late night in the conversation pool, where everyone had a good buzz from all the cocktails, and some folks got a little carried away with touching etc. We just went to Cypress Cove a couple of weeks ago, and they are much more family oriented and even strict about the rules of behavior. I hope Paradise Lakes moves away from the swingers and back toward AANR values. Caliente near Tampa FL (which means HOT in Spanish) I think always was racy from the begining and from what I heard decided to voluntarily withdraw from AANR because they were making so much money on chartering the place out for swingers groups. We went to Caliente Caribe one year ago, and the resort had been chartered out to swingers for the week prior. We found out because there were a handful of the swinger folks that stayed an extra day after the charter was over. While we were there, it was quiet, and we met a lot of nice people, but the owners of Caliente appear to like to cater to the "Lifestylers"
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