Saturday, September 15, 2007

Intro to the CFN Playalinda Blog!

Welcome to the newly created CFN Blogsite! We will attempt to provide current information, news and conditions at Playalinda Beach, on Canaveral National Seashore, Titusville Florida.

Please feel free to use the comments for clarification, additional info related to the post, or suggestions that would be helpful to others.

This is a family-oriented site, and Playalinda is a family-oriented beach that is clothing-optional, so please be respectful!

**NOTE** All info posted as well as comments in response to a post can be viewed by law enforcement,  politicians, and nudity opponents, so consider whether you want the information/comment in your post to be viewed by them as well as the naturist public.


bob allen said...

Just outside of town, there's a small hotel, four floors high. A girl used to sunbathe there every day. Since there were no higher buildings near it, she decided one day to take off her bathing suit and be in the nude. So, there she was in the nude, lying on her stomach, when she heard a man pounding heavily up the steps. She grabbed her towel and wrapped it around her. The man said, "I wish you wouldn't sunbathe up here." She said, "You never protested before." He said, "No, but before you were wearing your bathing suit." She said, "Why do you care? I’m up too high for anyone to see me." He said, "Madam, you happen to be lying on the skylight of the dining room."

Despite how anyone may feel personally about nudity, it’s time for everyone in Titusville to acknowledge that nude sunbathers are an important part of Titusville’s future just as they have been an important part of Titusville’s past for more than sixty years.

They have been among us since World War II, not on the skylight over the dining room but in a little corner of Playalinda Beach where they bother no one, but where a lot of people try to bother them.

Why are they important?

Because thousands come here every year, making some half-million or more trips through our streets and into our business places on their way to and from the northern end Playalinda Beach. Unlike the bikers who roar through twice a year or the birders who chirp in once a year, or the Shuttle watchers who stomp on our grass and clog our streets for a few hours every now and then, the skinny dippers are here quietly EVERY DAY.

No one ever sees them with their clothes off unless they go a long way out of their way to look. No one even knows they’re here unless someone tries to get rid of them as they are now to fulfil some personal, political, or religious agenda. In fact, the skinny dippers are so inconspicuous most of the time few people realize they might be living next door, pushing the cart in front of them at the supermarket, or sitting in the next pew in church.

We took a survey this summer, and you know what we found? Ninety percent of all the people who go to the clothing optional area of Playalinda Beach are our fellow Floridians; a third of them live right here in Brevard County, and half of those are from the immediate Titusville area. They are retirees, lawyers, doctors, scientists, workers at the cape, business people, teachers, nurses, and even ministers and politicians. Nude sunbathers come from all walks of life.

To them, the naked body on the beach is not an object of sexual temptation, but as our churches teach, the temples of our souls, and we treat them that way.

But beside the question of human rights, there is an important--selfish--reason for you to include them in Titusville’s future: As the bottom falls out of the building boom leaving hundreds of unsold homes and condos in our midst, as NASA nears the end of the shuttle program, and--as you read in the local paper this week--the cruise ship industry bypasses our nearest port, the nude sunbathers, invisible as they are in their little corner of Playalinda Beach, bring tons of money into our local economy.

Not only are these naturists who live among us paying rent, taxes and mortgages, buying food, clothing, and automobiles, all locally, but others travel here in great numbers from all over the United States, in fact from all over the world using our bait and tackle shops, our stores, restaurants, motels, and entertainment venues, of which they wish there were more and better choices.

On a recent weekend our survey found people from Australia, Costa Rica, Italy, and Poland, as well as from nineteen different states of the union from New York, to Indiana, to California, and Hawaii.

Each one of these tourists, by an estimate of the Space Coast Tourists Bureau, spends an average 341-dollars a day. Those who live here, like the rest of us, spend virtually all of their income here.

Between the locals, including Floridians from as far away as Pensacola, Sarasota, Tampa, and Miami and out-of-state and foreign tourists, it all adds up to well over a hundred million dollars a year pouring into Titusville and environs from nude sunbathers--a hundred million dollars. But recent actions by the superintendent of the Canaveral National Seashore has placed these gentle people in danger of being arrested, hit with a $500 ticket or jail for simply sitting peacefully in their little corner of the beach.

Superintendent Carol Clark has abrogated a commitment made by her predecessor to erect signage similar to that which once stood at crossover 13: BEYOND THIS POINT YOU MAY ENCOUNTER NUDE SUNBATHERS. Such signs were first put up in 1995 after county commissioners passed an ordinance designed to keep nude sunbathers off other beaches in the county, including the other 12 beaches at Playalinda. These signs told naturists where they can go and told others where not to go. But they have since been taken down, and Superintendent Clark has put up other signs that confuse and confound nudists and non-nudists alike. To fulfil a personal agenda of her own, she has started a war that smacks to us like something very similar to ethnic cleansing.

Various naturists organizations are attempting to solve this problem peacefully with her superiors, but in the meantime she has already frightened away hundreds of these tourists. It’s time for you to join our fight against a personal agenda that is making trouble for everyone, driving away nice people, and taking money out of Titusville’s pockets.

Urge her to leave the skinny dippers alone behind proper signs in their tiny corner of the beach, and they’ll promise to stay off the skylight over the dining room and continue quietly pouring millions of dollars into our economy. Driving them away can only lead to more empty houses and closed businesses in Titusville.

I’ll conclude with the words of Pope John Paul II, who said: "Because God created the human body, it can remain nude and uncovered and preserve its splendor and its beauty."

Anonymous said...

Why do we have the right to "Bear Arms" but not the right to "Bare All"? Who are we harming?

Anonymous said...

Look!, petitions, boycotts and law
suites are great weapons to use against those who would seek to deny our right to freely express ourselves, but, they will only work up to a point.

First it should be determined whether or not we have a constitutionally protected right to be nude in a public place, as it should be under the right of self expression.

I belive a college student attending Berkly University in California, won the right to attend his classes nude and did so until he graduated.
I belive this was in the 1970s.

We need to become far more politically active at both the state and local levels, and hit these politicians and elected law enforcement officials where it'll do the most good and thats at the ballet boxes.

Until we come together as a political force, nothing will ever be settled and we will be continually at the mercy of politicians under pressure to pass and enforce laws that are designed to drive us from the high and mighty moral view of the anti nudist.

LineBacker said...

This seems like a worthwhile site and could help to liberate some places not accessible to those of us who prefer to be naked in natural environments.

There is another issue - that of prejustice against nus from those who claim to be with us:

I am a 60+ yr old widower and no stranger to nude living. Until a few months ago I have never had to join a special club to be naked outdoors – i.e., get close to nature, because I have always lived in rural areas and places where such freedom is not just tolerated, but encourage so long as neighbors are not offended.

Now I find myself living in a large urban area in central Florida, and there is no way I can sun-bathe or hike or swim as I am used to. I went on the internet to find a nude or clothing optional beach near Orland and found several. I liked the Cypress Cove web site the best and so after a few weeks of overcoming my shyness, went to visit them today. I was stopped at the gate by the man and woman in their web sire advertisement. The man was cold and clearly prejudiced against the fact that I was alone and had out of state tags on my car.
I explained that I explained that I had never before visited a nudist camp and would like to look around and try it and if there were a day pass I could purchase. He informed me that Cypress Cove was for couples and families only and unless I was already a member of a club somewhere I could not enter – even for a day pass to see if I like the idea. I told him he was being prejudiced but he said if he let single men in, (Cypress Cove) would be an all-male nudist camp. His remark is total horse puckey: furthermore the images on the internet show both men and women sitting, talking, walking in like-sex company as well as couples and groups.
This kind of coldness is not what I expected and do no appreciate at it all. It leave me with a bad feeling about moving to Central Florida and I may decide to not stay here. I am now totally discouraged about visiting a nude recreation facility and will tell all my friends about this experience. If I continue to be received in this manner I will not re-located here as I have options to where I should move.


Otero, NM

Anonymous said...

I like this site. Really nice place for all

Anonymous said...

Good article. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I were regulars at Playalinda from '85 until 2003 or there abouts. We stopped because most of our friends moved on with their careers, but mostly because of the threat by the Sheriff and the NP Rangers.
I can not find any status of the beach, the latest posting on the web is years old now. Can anyone give a synopsis of the beach and its useage? We both miss it, and it's time to go back.