Sunburn Isn't the Only Danger at Nude Beaches

Black's Beach In La Jolla May No Longer Be Clothing Optional.

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    It may be good for Europe but not for California.

    California's highest court is allowing the state to tell sunbathers they can be punished for being in the buff  at the beach -- even in areas informally designated as "clothing optional."  

    The California Supreme Court on Thursday denied review of a 2008 lower court ruling upholding the right to cite nude beachgoers in Orange County

    Complaints of lewd behavior prompted officials to crack down on nudity last year at San Onofre State Beach, where sunbathing naked has gone on for about 20 years.

    Nude sun bathing has been informally permitted at Black's Beach, just south of Torrey Pines. It was even once listed in Forbes Magazine as one of the world's best topless beaches. 

    A group of naturists successfully sued, citing 1979 guidelines for nudity at state beaches. But an appeals court reversed the decision, saying those guidelines weren't adopted with public feedback. 

    However, don't expect the beach police to come swooping in.. State parks spokesman Roy Stearns said officers will not conduct sweeps of nude beaches.