NAC Update 10/3/08

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DATE : October 3, 2008
SUBJECT: San Onofre Update
TO : All naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Naturist,

The beach at Trail 6 of San Onofre State Beach remains clothing-optional, thanks to quick and successful action by the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) and tremendous support from individual naturists and organizations. However, the battle for San Onofre is far from being over. This NAC Update is intended to provide you with current information on this important situation.


A California Superior Court ruled in August in favor of NAC in its lawsuit against the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). DPR had attempted earlier this year to bypass state law regarding changes to public regulations, moving suddenly after more than 30 years to end the traditional clothing-optional use of a small portion of San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County.

In its order, the Court declared, "Dept of Parks must comply with the provisions of the California Administrative Procedures Act before it makes any changes in its enforcement." Further, the Court said, "until the administrative process is completed, Parks shall maintain the status quo, and enforce the Cahill Policy as it has done since its issuance and subsequent interpretation by the Harrison letter, at Trail 6 in San Onofre State Beach."


As NAC had anticipated, the California Department of Parks and Recreation has appealed the order. Meanwhile, DPR has refused to remove the "Nudity Prohibited" signs that it had installed at San Onofre as part of its plan to ban naturist use of the beach.

Additionally, DPR personnel are misinforming the visiting public by telling them that there are no clothing optional areas at San Onofre and by saying that nudity is illegal south of Trail 6.

The signs and intentional misinformation are chilling, and they violate the Court's order to return to the status quo and the traditional enforcement of the Cahill/Harrison regulation. Earlier this week, NAC petitioned the Court of Appeals for a writ that would require removal of the signs and put a halt to DPR's campaign of misinformation at San Onofre State Beach. DPR has until October 13 to respond.


When the Naturist Action Committee asked for your grass roots participation in contacting the Director of DPR, you responded magnificently. Many of you are demonstrating through your generous contributions to NAC that you understand the significant expense associated with the Naturist Action Committee's important defense of naturism on public lands. NAC continues to rely on your support.

Friends of San Onofre Beach, NAC's co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, has done meaningful local fund raising. Also worthy of special mention is the gracious contribution made to NAC by the members of AANR-West.

NAC thanks all those who are choosing to make a difference!


Details of this situation and specifics of the Cahill/Harrison Regulation and associated documents may be found on the NAC Web page:

There, you will find background documents and important files related to NAC's lawsuit, including NAC's recent petition for a writ to force removal of the "Nudity Prohibited" signs.


The Naturist Action Committee is in this for the long haul. Our successes have been significant, but no one should imagine that California's Department of Park and Recreation will simply give up its attempt to ban nudity at San Onofre.

NAC will continue to issue Action Alerts, Advisories and Updates on this issue as circumstances require. Look for them.


NAC is committed to the defense of clothing-optional use of public land. NAC does not hesitate to hire lawyers and lobbyists when it becomes necessary, but that can be very expensive. NAC does not have a membership roster on which it can simply assess dues. NAC relies entirely on the voluntary support of people like YOU.

Won't you please send a generous donation to:

PO Box 132
Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 (8 AM-4 PM, Central Time, weekdays) to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation:

Thank you for choosing to make a difference.


Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Dir. Bob Morton -
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