State of California
M e m o r a n d u m
Date:MAY 3 1 1979
To:
All Division/Office Chiefs
All District Superintendents
All Area Managers
 
From:Department of Parks and Recreation
Subject:
Clothing Optional Beaches

 
No clothing optional beaches will be designated within the California State
Park System at this time.  During the public meeting process, it became
clear to me that the public is extremely polarized on this issue.  It also
became clear that there is a serious concern on the part of clothing
optional beach opponents about the extra costs of patrolling beaches so
designated.

Proponents' arguments that a few miles of beach be set aside for their use
were pervasive.  However, serious opposition from legislators, county
supervisors and local governing bodies lead me to believe that designating
such areas will focus opponents' attention upon what seems to be a victimless
crime at worst, and certainly an innocuous action.

The cost of extra services argument is a good one.  Therefore, it shall be
the policy of the Department that enforcement of nude sunbathing regulations
within the State Park System shall be made only upon the complaint of a
private citizen.  Citations or arrests shall be made only after attempts
are made to elicit voluntary compliance with the regulations.  This policy
should free up enforcement people to concentrate on other pressing duties.
 Russell W. Cahill
 
Russell W. Cahill
Director