Posted: Sep 17, 2009
A protest was held on September 13 by more than 100 naturists seeking to regain control of the clothing-optional beach, ?Trail 7,? at San Onofre State Beach.
?It was a quiet and peaceful day. The rangers never even showed up and there was no opposition or counter protest? said Allen Baylis, president of the naturist group ?Friends of San Onofre.?
The protest came as a response to the 4th District Court of Appeals? decision that the Cahill Policy, a policy that nude sunbathing would ?be tolerated until a State Park Peace Officer received a complaint from a member of the public,? is ?invalid.?
The ban on nude sunbathing was enacted on September 7 by State Park Peace Officers following the Labor Day weekend, but to date no one has been given a citation or ordered to dress.
Trail 7 at San Onofre is listed at the 5th most popular place for naturists to visit. Because of this, Baylis said, the California Department of Parks and Recreation deems that San Onofre is no longer a ?remote? destination. ?They claim that San Onofre is no longer remote, but remoteness is not stated [as a condition] in the Cahill Policy,? he said.
Friends of San Onofre is appealing to the California Supreme Court to reverse the 4th District Court of Appeals? ruling. Baylis explained that while the case is still under appeal, it is legal for beachgoers to go unclad as the California Supreme Court has yet to decide whether or not to hear the case.
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