Nude Beach Shuts Down, Just on Weekdays, To Curb Sex and Drugs

Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 08:03 AM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
One of the nation's most popular nude beaches will be shut down on weekdays in an effort to stop the public sex and drug use that goes on at the Wisconsin sandbar, officials said Tuesday.

The public beach on the Wisconsin River, in Mazomanie about 25 miles northwest of Madison, has long been a migrant spot for nudists, but lately the beachgoers have been slipping off into the surrounding woods for lewd and lascivious behavior.

A review of citations issued showed most violations happen on weekdays. Of the 92 citations wardens issued for disorderly conduct or drugs in the beach area between 2008 and 2012, 83 were given on weekdays. So the state's Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that the beach, surrounding woods, and islands would be closed during the week, effective immediately.

Urgent: Obama or GOP: Who’s to Blame for Budget Crisis? Vote Now

"Obviously we're disappointed when we have to shut any portion of our property down," Nate Kroeplin, who supervises DNR enforcement in Dane County, told The Associated Press. "But our ultimate goal is to have a safe place anybody can feel comfortable using. And with the current activity going on down there, that's just not the case."

Bob Morton, executive director of the Austin, Tex.-based Naturist Action Committee, which lobbies on behalf of nudists, is upset the DNR did not consult the beachgoers before making the decision to close down the area during the week.

"Honestly, we’re on their side when it comes to enforcing things that are lewd and lascivious," Morton told the AP. "There’s something to be said about consulting the users of the place. There’s got to be more to this somewhere."

Editor's Note: The IRS’ Worst Nightmare — How to Pay Zero Taxes

The DNR estimates that as many as 70,000 people, some from as far away as Florida, have visited the beach some summers. Though exposing one's genitals is a misdemeanor in Wisconsin, ultra-liberal local prosecutors have created a strong precedent that a naked person must cause some kind of disturbance before he or she can be prosecuted.

Related stories:

Public Nudity Ban Eyes in Fed-up San Francisco

Wisconsin Tribe Threatens Walker Jobs Project

Lifeguard Fired for Rescue Outside Beach Zone

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved