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."
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.