Nudists irk beachgoers

Nov. 10, 2010 at 1:17 PM

VENICE, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Some regulars at a Florida beach are complaining about nude swimmers and sunbathers, but authorities seem to be unclear on who has jurisdiction.

Visitors to Caspersen Beach said they frequently spot nudists using the 2-mile coastline, and the beach has been advertised online as a location for nude swimming, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said an agreement with Venice police gives them jurisdiction over the beach, but calls to the Venice Police Department about the location were referred to the sheriff's office.

In the meantime, frequent beachgoer Elsa Dempsey said she has been handing out fliers to people she spots nude on the beach informing them of rules against beach nudity.

Members of the local Naturist Society said they have been lobbying officials to have a portion of the beach designated "clothing optional."

"We need some official designation so there is some order and decorum," said Ron, 67, a society member who asked not to have his last name revealed. "We could have a successful orderly spot for people who enjoy nude sunbathing."

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