California Puts a Cover on Nude Sunbathing

State supreme court decides to uphold a ban on nude beaches

By Sajid Farooq
|  Thursday, Oct 22, 2009  |  Updated 3:00 PM PDT
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California Puts a Cover on Nude Sunbathing

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The Nude Olympics may have to find a new home next year.

The California Supreme Court decided to take the fun -- or he horror depending on who you see -- out of beach gazing.

The state's highest court shot shot down a nude beach advocacy group's attempt to revive a motion that would allow them to publicly get sun on the areas where the sun don't shine. The high court refused to hear the group's appeal to reinstate an informal policy of allowing nudity on some state beaches.

Park rangers have traditionally only enforced bans on nude sunbathing when someone else complains.

There used to be several Bay Area state beaches where clothing was optional
including Red Rock Beach in Marin County and Gray Whale Cove State Beach in
San Mateo County. But no more.

"Officers will look at all situations from the point of view of
their own discretion, Recreation and Parks Department spokesman Roy Stearns said adding the ban would be enforced but with discretion.

We're not sure how that is different from before. But if you get caught walking around in the buff, know that it is only a misdemeanor that carries the penalty of a fine. 

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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