Update on the Status of NY’s Former Bare Beach – Lighthouse Beach

It is the 2nd summer that naturists are prohibited from Lighthouse Beach on Fire Island, NY.
The NY Post only did a report on the beach, and it is great to see more coverage of the scenario. We think the post is supportive enough, and the naturist community seemed to react positively. (Even if it does sensationalize the nudity a little in its accompanying photos.) The content goes over some of the reasons given for the prohibition, one of the most significant being a rise in lewd, lascivious and voyeuristic behaviour, as well as an increase in suspected prostitution, drug use and assaults.
As far as we could tell, Lighthouse plage goers were perplexed by the “reports” of illegal conduct. Most would describe Lighthouse as a beautiful, peaceful family-friendly sand. Basically, it resembles NPS made it up.
Nudity is currently prohibited at Lighthouse Beach with a “Clothing Required” hint.
Lighthouse has been a popular nudist beach for decades. The Post reports that nudists could be found on the coast starting in the late 1800’s, though it actually took off beginning in the 1960’s. I have friends that were raised as naturists with their families on that strand. Thousands upon thousands of people seen every summer to enjoy the sunshine, sand and water in the clothes-optional section.
However, it’s important for people to know about the legal aspects of the strand. Nudity is formally prohibited by NY state law, but this plage can be found on federal land. Consequently NPS could choose not to apply the state law, and this really is what they did for a long time. But naturists essentially knew they could turn around and decide to start applying it at any time, and that’s just what happened in February 2013. Through the years, many naturists consistently strived to educate others about appropriate sand etiquette and conduct so as to keep the sand safe and open. http://x-nudists.com/index.php/2016/05/26/my-first-public-nude-expericence-was-on-holiday-in-mallorca/ and Save Lighthouse Beach are two groups that worked hard to establish a relationship with NPS and help police the sand.
Sooo what’s the real reason Lighthouse Beach in Long Island was shut to bare use?
In the spring issue of N magazine (official publication of nudists solo photos ), Bob Morton supplied an update on their assemblies with NPS and a summary of the arguments against the ban. Among the first crucial individuals he talks about in the content is Lena Koschmann. Less when compared to a year before NPS made their big announcement, Koschmann had become the new Chief Ranger. She was really new to Fire Island, also, having just been transferred from North Carolina. Morton writes, “She had arrived at FIIS with an attitude that, by all reports, was rigidly opposed to nudity on public property.”
So many in the naturist community blame Koschmann for this fiasco. Though Morton points out that she was not only responsible because it had to come down in the superintendent. (Side note: Koschmann has since been promoted to a brand new place with no longer works at Fire Island NPS.)
What’s the most recent Lighthouse Beach news? Are we ever going to reunite our Long Island nude beach?
The Naturist Action Committee is working behind the scenes to try to reestablish the clothes-optional status of Lighthouse Beach. It may be slow going, but it is not a lost cause.
In the N magazine article, Morton provides a complete explanation of their chief argument against NPS’ measures, when it comes to the Administrative Procedural Act (APA).
In February 2013, NPS put out a letter announcing their policy change on nudity, which instantly went into effect. This would’ve been okay if it were an emergency. But how can it be an emergency to stop bare use of a playa at the center of winter?
They go into much more detail in the article, but NAC appears to have a powerful case against NPS for violating the APA and really good legal precedent supporting its arguments, as they state. If NPS is found to have violated the APA, there is a great chance their nudity prohibition would be left invalid. You can read an outline of NAC’s arguments on their preceding Lighthouse Beach action alert page (see righthand column in yellow).
In conclusion, predicated on what we’ve read and heard, we think there is still hope for recovering this strand!
Exactly what do I do around about the closing of Long Island’s Lighthouse Beach?
Contribute to NAC! Your donation will help cover legal fees and other costs in this ongoing fight to save the strand.
Any other nude beaches in Long Island or around the Fire Island Lighthouse Beach place?
There are little alternative areas on Fire Island known as Cherry Grove and The Pines. These are well known gay communities, and Cherry Grove actually falls outside of the FIIS jurisdiction. Nude sunbathing is still tradition in these regions, and that there have been no dilemmas with park rangers or authorities over nudity. The catch is that these beaches will not be simple to get to. You have to park and take the Sayville Ferry, which can be a little expensive. Usually there are only little groups of nudists with textile sections right next to them. (Due to parking and transport constraints and the size of the sand, these sections aren’t a great choice to Lighthouse.)
And then obviously there’s Gunnison Beach in NJ, a popular unclothed beach accessible by ferry from NYC.
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