NY residents' fury over fence that separates family and nudist beaches

NY residents' fury over fence that separates family and nudist beachesStock photo: PA

Beach-going families in New York have expressed their anger at local authorities who refuse to rebuild a fence that separated a family beach from a nudist one.

The chain-link fence that divided the kids-friendly Neponsit beach from the adults'-only Riis Patk was blown down during Hurricane Irene and has not been reconstructed.

Neponsit visitors claim they have to put up with witnessing 'sex and other lewd activities' that take place at Riis Park.

Riis Park is operated by the National Parks Service, and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe told local officials that the law requires public access to all beaches below the high tide line.

He told the NY Daily News: "This fence has blocked access between two public beaches for decades. Having free passage between them will allow New Yorkers to fully experience the great sweep of the Rockaway peninsula."

Meanwhile, a recent survey revealed which nation is the most likely to enjoy a bit of naked beach holiday sunbathing and, you might have guessed, it's definitely not us Brits.

No, the nation that loves stripping off on the sand the most are the Germans, according to Expedia's recent survey of 8,599 adults about beach holidays.

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Set in 30 acres in Arizona, Mira Vista (miravistaresort.com) is a beautiful clothing-optional destination with breathtaking views and plenty of historical charm. A guest ranch for over 100 years, it boasts original, luxurious guest rooms and suites, plus space for caravans. Amenities include two pools, two spas, a full-service restaurant and bar, tennis courts, fitness centre, games room and on-site massage. The resort is private and secluded but just three miles from the main interstate highway. Children welcome.

Laguna del Sol (lagunadelsol.com) boasts a 25-acre lake as well as four large pools and three spas. There's cottages and rooms for rent, lots of maintained lawns for camping, and a separate restaurant and clubhouse offering at least two nights of music and dancing each week. What's more, two children's playgrounds and planned kids' activities on summer holiday weekends keep little ones entertained. The resort is open all year.

Terra Cotta Inn is a nude sunbathing resort in sunny Palm Springs, California. A popular mainstream nude sunbathing spot, it's ideal for those trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. It's also considered one of the best value nudist vacation resorts in the world. 

For more information about the resort visit: www.sunnyfun.com

The river cruise specialists eWaterways (ewaterways.co.uk) recently announced the launch of four naturist cruises taking place in Croatia in 2012 on a small fleet of motor sailing ships. Island hopping cruises along the stunning Adriatic coastline remain the most popular way to experience Croatia's diverse landscape. Choose from two different itineraries, both of which offer plenty of opportunities for guests to be 'as nature intended' while on board, with clothes required only when in port and during meal times.
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A new naturist resort is opening in the spectacular Cape Winelands in December 2011. Following the success of their Vassaliki Naturist Resort in Kefalonia, British couple owners, Mark and Samantha, are looking forward to their second venture - the Vasnat Spa Resort, with eight suites, four self-catering cottages and one penthouse with pool, spa, bar and dining facilities on site. 

Prices from £1,170 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and seven nights' accommodation with breakfast.

Cll Peng Travel on 0800 171 2153 or visit (pengtravel.co.uk) for more information.

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