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Vol. MMVI Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: November / December

Solstice and Perihelion:
This December 21st will be the winter solstice, meaning that the sun reaches its southern-most point in the sky. That will be at 4:22pm. It also means that will be our shortest day, starting at 6:50am and ending with sunset at 4:44pm. There will be only 9 hours and 54 minutes of daylight. Although this marks the first day of winter, it also means the days begin to get longer.

Perihelion occurs January 3rd. This means Earth is closest to the sun, about 91.5 million miles instead of the typical 93 million miles. The fact that perihelion occurs during our winter makes our winters short and mild. 

The Beach in General:
There were still many hot and sunny days in October. Often there are only dozens of people on the beach, but there have been over a hundred people on hot weekends. Water temperatures have ranged from 68 to 63.

High tides have not yet taken away much sand. We should expect to lose sand when tides are high November 20th, but more so December 5th, when tides are even higher. After that we should expect to have a narrow beach with very little dry sand. 

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The high tides occur about 12 hours apart. These two months the highest is in the morning, and an hour earlier than the typical time. High tides in the morning give us a wet beach all day, but mean we don't need to worry about getting flooded late in the day. It does mean you will probably want to bring a chair or tarp to keep dry.

 

 

moon

low

high

Nov

20

new

-0.5

6.5   7:50am

Dec

 5

full

-1.5

7.4   8:23am

Dec

20

new

-1.1

6.7   8:06am

Jan

 3

full

-1.4

6.5   8:00am

Ranger Concerns:
Lloyd Johnson, of Black's Beach Bares, and Allen Baylis, of Naturist Action Committee and Friends of San Onofre Beach, met with rangers Ronnie Clark and Denny Stoufer. On the agenda were concerns about a trend of new signs, the most recent erected in August.

We shared our concerns that these signs were indications that change was coming. Both rangers assured us that they intend to continue honoring the Cahill Policy. Newcomers can find details on the Cahill Policy in the April newsletter, still available from the website.

Never the less, we expressed our concerns that the signs would encourage complaints and create unnecessary conflict. We asked that they exercise their option to officially designate Black's Beach as clothing optional. They declined, stating that the decision would have to come from higher up. We also offered alternative wording for signs, "Entering Historically Clothing Optional Area." The rangers took our offer into advisement, but made no decision in our favor.

We were respectful of their authority and the difficulty of the dilemma we place them in. They were thankful for what we do, self-policing and litter removal. We made no gains, and suffered no losses. So, what was the point? The point was simply to keep a dialog open, to remind rangers that the public they serve includes us, first class citizens.

NudeBeachesYES.org:
There was nothing about nude beaches on the ballot, but there were people waving signs including Claudia Kellersch. She stood on La Jolla streets waving her sign on Election Day, as if it was on the ballot.

Most of us try to ignore people waving signs on streets, myself included. This one caught people's attention. You can imagine the double takes. You can imagine their surprise when they couldn't find the initiative on the ballot. 

The point of this exercise was to get people thinking about the status of nude beaches. We want people to visit the website and wonder why such a harmless and popular thing is so limited, in a democracy. Roper polls conducted in 1983, 2000 and 2006 show that we are a minority, but our sympathizers have reached majority status.

The Naturist Minority:
When we are surrounded by like-minded people, we forget that we are an oppressed minority. We have only a few oases where clothing is optional. Without the Naturist Society (TNS), even these oases would not exist. Many of us feel secure on our oasis. Without constant vigilance, this oasis and others will dry up. Please join our vigilance by joining TNS.

TNS is a member organization formed to promote nude recreation and body acceptance. They do this by defending clothing optional use of public land through participating groups like ours. Without their hard work in years past, you would not be nude on this beach or any other. With TNS membership you get a subscription to their quarterly magazine, discounted admission to resorts, invitations to gatherings and festivals, discounts on Skinny Dipper merchandise and voting privileges. Most importantly your membership adds strength in numbers to protect our choice not to wear clothes. 

Clothing Optional Oases for Cooler Seasons:
I'm providing a list of some of the other clothing optional opportunities in and around San Diego, for the benefit of readers who don't yet know. Details can be found on our "clubs" page. They all have swimming pools, hot tubs, sun decks, volleyball, tennis, dances and more. Consider them a backup plan for the cooler days that are coming.

The nearest nudist resort is Sun Island. It used to be called Swallows, but now it's under new ownership. Other nearby resorts, in order of distance, includes De Anza Springs, Glen Eden and Olive Dell. 

Camping Bares is a travel club. They travel, hike and camp on public lands, like Deep Creek Hot Springs. Consider joining them, if you want help finding these places.

A Contribution From Claudia:
Our beach baby, Alexander, was born on Sept. 3rd, 2006, at 8:36 a.m., over at UCSD Medical Center, Hillcrest, where to my surprise one of my friends from the beach works in an important position. It was so nice to have him and Dave visit during the first few days of baby's life. 

Alexander weighed 3910 g (8 lbs. 10 oz.) and was 52 cm (20.5 inches) long, and 13 days overdue. Jeff, Blair and Claudia are overjoyed to welcome the new nudist. 

He has already started visiting his favorite nude beach, enjoys being breastfed there by his mommy Claudia and watches the sunset. At two months, he has just started baby swim classes at the Wavehouse in Mission Beach, and looks forward to meeting many other babies and toddlers on his nude beach soon! He will be assembling some new and used beach baby accessories to help other families to enjoy a wonderful day on Blacks Beach. For more information and coordination, please contact claudia@blacksbeach.org

Vol. MMVI Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: October

Fall has begun, giving us shorter days and sunsets in the southwest. Our beach will soon resemble a sleepy town populated with few regulars, while only a few tourists pass through.

The Beach in General:
Most days this past month were hot and sunny. The month began with thousands of visitors on the first weekend, but dwindled to only hundreds by the end of the month. The water temperature started with 71, but has now dropped to 69. The sand was too hot for bare feet, but no more.

Past Events:
We hosted five picnics in September. Labor Day picnics were attended by perhaps two hundred people, while attendance late in September was down to about forty. A variety of foods were shared. There were the usual hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and sweet corn. But there were also atypical foods like salmon, shrimp, squash and gourmet cuts of beef.

From Geoff:
Blacks Beach Bare Surfers want to thank all that participated in the Annual Nude Surf Event that was held on August 27th 2006 at Black's Beach. The slogan this year was "Hot Doggin On A Stick" thanks to Tom.

Three events were held. The first event was body boarding with 18 contestants and the nude sponge kahuna went to Dave Cole for the men's division and the women's division nude sponge wahine went to Linda Logan with a double board ride. My favorite event had 11 contestants, The Big Nude Kahuna Surf Event. Craig Midili took the title of Nude Kahuna with his Long Board Hot Doggin moves wowing the crowd.

The Nude Wahine went to Selina Sandoval with her daughter by her side surfing as well. Last but not least the body surfing event also had 11 contestants. The nude body kahuna went to Lloyd Johnson, who was soliciting bribes as a judge for the other two events. The nude body wahine went to Lauren Susoeff. 

This year's event was better than last year's. We added commentators with a bullhorn, cool graphics silk-screened t-shirts, which can be picked up on http://blacksbeach.org. Press passes for judges, contestants, professional videographer, and photographer, video/photo release forms for websites and calendars, banners, and this year's event was published on the surf section on signonsandiego.com.

Thanks for all that participated in the 2006 Blacks Beach Nude Surf Event. Photos can be seen on http://blacksbeach.org and http://www.surfline.com on the photos page. You can vote and view for your best photo on surfline. Thanks again, Geoff Bujkovsky 

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides typically occur at about 9am and 9pm. This month the morning spring tides will be higher, giving us a wet beach during the day, but little cause to worry about a rising tide soaking your stuff.

 

 

moon

low

high

Oct

 7

full

-0.6

7.0   9:38am

Oct

22

new

 0.1

6.2   9:24am

Nov

 5

full

-1.2

7.4   8:05am

Keep in mind that the tides a few days before and after are comparably high, and a little later.

San Diego Reader:
The September 7, 2006 San Diego Reader ran a lengthy article on Black's Beach, by Geoff Bouvier. It was even the cover story and took up pages 24-39. There were no photos, only art.

Included in the article are interviews of Lloyd, Dave and Claudia, as well as a hang glider pilot, an oceanographer, a city lifeguard, a surfer and the supervising ranger at Torrey Pines.

The article offered points that favor us as well as pointing out perceived weaknesses in our philosophy. The author claimed neutrality, but remained dressed while conducting interviews.

There was a great deal of accurate information in the article, and it also points out conflicting information. Vipond, a city lifeguard, claims the northern boundary for nudity is Flatrock. Torrey Pines rangers claim the boundary is about a half mile south of that, even south of Mussel Rocks. Is it any wonder that people are unclear about the unmarked boundary?

Clothing Optional Oases:
Surviving the Cooler Seasons:

I'm providing a list of some of the other clothing optional opportunities in and around San Diego, for the benefit of readers who don't yet know. They all have swimming pools, hot tubs, sun decks, volleyball, tennis, dances and more. Consider them a backup plan for the cooler days that are coming.

The nearest nudist resort is Sun Island. It used to be called Swallows, but now it's under new ownership. Other nearby resorts, in order of distance, includes De Anza Springs, Glen Eden and Olive Dell

Camping Bares is a travel club. They travel, hike and camp on public lands, like Deep Creek Hot Springs. Consider joining them, if you want help finding these places.

Moral High Ground:
Twice in the last few years Black's Beach Bares has hosted picnics for the American Association of Nude Recreation's (AANR) youth camps. A few years ago those youth camps were under fire in congress and in state legislatures. We felt as if we were under attack too. Mark Foley led that fight. Now he's resigned in shame, under implications of molesting minors.

When we see nude children, we see children. Did Mark Foley lead that fight because he can't imagine nude children being anything other than sex objects? It's interesting that teenagers are safer in the AANR youth camps than in Congress.

Unstable Cliffs:
The Black's Beach Bares picnic area just north of Valentine Slide continues to be unstable. Dust and gravel slide down almost daily. Eventually that will undermine the larger rocks and bring them down. When higher tides and less sand drive us toward the cliff, we are more at risk. The rocks in the sand indicate you're in a falling rock zone.

Membership and Subscriptions:
Both are rather casual. There is no official list of members and I rarely check subscription expirations. Subscriptions by US mail are $10/year, and I ask $2/year for email subscriptions.

Many people take free copies from the bulletin board and the people who read newsletters from the website are uncounted too. These free sources of the newsletter will continue, because keeping people informed is the point.

Please consider making a donation anyway. There are monthly expenses for operating the website. Donations can also be directed to trail workers, who are already making plans. You decide if the newsletter, the website or the trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly.

Vol. MMVI Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: September

Night and day will soon be equal in length, just for one day, the equinox.  That day will be September 23rd.  That makes September 22nd the last day of summer.  Make the most of it and don't give up on October, often a very warm and sunny month.  

Just as we saw Catalina Island silhouetted by the setting sun, there must also be dates when San Clemente Island should be visible the same way.  Those dates are likely to be centered around September 22nd.  Watch and see. 

The Beach in General:
August gave us many warm days, though not as hot as is typical.  The water temperature was usually 73.  The beach has been wide and the sand too hot for bare feet.  Thousands of people have been taking advantage of sunny weekends, while only a few hundred visit on weekdays. 

Past Events:
We've hosted several picnics and one surf event.  Surf Event winners include Craig and Selina.  Linda and Dave won at body boarding, while Lloyd and Lauren won at body surfing. 

Future Events:
Only a few picnics remain, and we will make the most of them.  Bring something to cook and share, or just bring your appetite.  We continue to offer volleyball, horseshoes, body boards, sand castle toys and swimming expeditions. 

Sept 3

Sunday Picnic

Sept 4

Labor Day Picnic

Sept 10

Sunday Picnic

Sept 17

Sunday Picnic

Sept 24

Sunday Picnic

Ranger Concerns:
New signs were erected August 4th.  Both signposts were placed against the cliff.  One post with signs was placed in the north, within Mussel Rocks.  The other was placed in the south, at the City Beach boundary.  Though we appreciate much of the content of the signs, there is one sign on each post that we find objectionable.  It states, "NUDITY IN THE STATE PARK SYSTEM IS PROHIBITED."  Photos of the signs are available on the "alerts" page of our website. 

The statement on the signs falls short of the complex reality.  Because we are concerned that this might encourage complaints, we have scheduled a meeting with a higher-level ranger.  Complaints enable rangers to use the Cahill Policy to clothe the beach.  Details of the Cahill Policy are covered in the April 2006 newsletter, which is still available through the website. 

The rangers who erected these signs assure me that there will be no change in enforcement.  There is no cause for alarm, but there is cause for concern.  Black's Beach Bares is working the problem and will have more information in the October newsletter. 

I have information that a citation was given to a man for urinating on the cliff.  This is at the most a small offense, especially since there are no bathrooms on the beach.  We would like to contact the man to see that he gets legal counsel. 

Parking Lots:
All this summer the gate has been locked promptly at 8pm.  That has not been a problem for people staying to watch sunset, since the other gate, the Salk gate, has always been left open.

That has changed recently.  Both gates have been locked on weekends, leading to confusion and panic.  There is a third exit.  To find it you must head north and make a right turn just before the golf course, bear right and it leads to another exit. 

Lost But Hoping to Recover:
Lifeguards lost a walkie-talkie style radio.  It was lost up top, somewhere south of the glider port.  The battery was dead and in need of a recharge.  It's illegal to use and easily traced.  There is no reason for anyone to keep it.  Lifeguards hope to recover it, and offer a reward.  If you happen to be the one who picked it up, please return it to any lifeguard as soon as possible. 

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours.  The highest tides typically occur at about 9am and 9pm.  As a result, we get a wide beach during the busy day and it gets narrower late in the afternoon.  Keep in mind that the tides a few days before and after are comparably high.  Donít be caught off guard when it reaches your spot. 

 

 

moon

low

high

Sep

 7

full

-1.0

7.0   9:38pm

Sep

22

new

 0.5

5.6   9:49am

Oct

 7

full

-0.6

7.0   9:38am

A Contribution From Dave:
More information from my beach survey...  46% of the women found out about the beach from family, friends or significant others, 30% by word of mouth or have known for years. 

When asked how they would describe their visit, 92% has a positive response with descriptions of relaxing, great, fun, pleasant, awesome, beautiful, joyful, positive and liberating.  The other 8% that had negative responses use words like masturbators, aggressive voyeurs and gawkers.

When asked if anything would prevent them from coming back, 52% indicated that nothing would prevent them from returning.  16% said gawkers, masturbators, perverts, fully dressed men and lewd behavior might prevent future visits.  9% complained about the trail and a few said hidden cameras were a deterrent. 

22% of women said they would advise other women to go with friends or significant others and to not go alone.  16% said be open minded and relax.  15% said to sit with the Blackís Beach Bares, and 11% said to sit near other couples or groups. 

Another question was ďwhat could we, as beach regulars, do to make their visit betterĒ?  35% were blank or responded ďnothingĒ.  18% said stay friendly, 13% said watch for gawkers and hidden cameras.  8% wanted the trail improved.  6% wanted a snack stand or at least water sales.  A few mentioned signs, mandatory nudity, bathrooms and free beer. 

Over all I didnít find anything surprising with this.  I pretty much got the responses I expected.  Itís nice to know that I do have a feel for what is going on at this beach.  It did bother me to read that many women said that they would not come alone.  Some said that if they didnít know any of the Blackís Beach Bares would be there, they wouldnít go alone. 

I understand why many feel this way.  I just donít like it.  I tell women all the time that I can go to the beach any day of the year and nobody will bother me.  They should be able to do the same.  I would love to see the day that women could come and enjoy themselves and not feel like they are putting on a show for the gawkers. 

More information will be available via the website.

Vol. MMVI Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: July

The Beach in General:
We faced quite a heat wave through much of July. The beach was definitely the place to face it. There have been a few overcast days, and even days with sprinkles of rain, but it was still warm and comfortable. 

Water temperatures have been in the seventies all month and even up to 79 for a few days. The sand has been too hot for bare feet, so sandals are necessary for walking in dry sand. This pushed volleyball games to late afternoon, when the sand was cooler.

Only a few hundred people have been taking advantage of weekdays, but thousands show up on weekends. Many of those people spend a lot of time in the water, trying to cool off and riding the surf. 

Past Events:
Black's Beach Bares hosted several picnics through the month of July. The two grills we set up have been in high demand. We've been sharing a variety of chicken recipes, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, squash, sweet corn and pineapple. Dave has been experimenting with poached eggs cooked in grapefruit skins.

Catalina was seen silhouetted by the setting sun July 11-13, but not July 14. That was close to the predicted 11-14. Next year we should check July 10-13.

Future Events:
We will continue to provide body boards and sand castle molds for general use. There will often be volleyball games and horseshoes. We will also sponsor a surf event. It doesn't matter if you think you're no good. You will find others to match your skill level.

We will continue to host Sunday picnics through August and September. Participation is simple, prepare a dish and cook it on our grill. Don't just set it on the table. Pass it around. That's how we mingle.

Look for us between two flags, one American, the other a yellow flag.

Aug 6

Sunday Picnic

Aug 13

Sunday Picnic

Aug 20

Sunday Picnic

Aug 27

Sunday Picnic
Surf Event

Sept 3

Sunday Picnic

Sept 4

Labor Day Picnic

Sept 10

Sunday Picnic

Sept 17

Sunday Picnic

Sept 24

Sunday Picnic

Surf Event:
We will host another nude surf event, organized by Geoff. As last year, it will include surfing, body surfing and body boarding. This year it will be held August 27th. Last year there were prizes for best ride, best wipeout, most improvement and longest ride. Check the website and contact Geoff for further details. 

Torrey Pines Reef 2:
There is an artificial reef offshore, about 1/2 km out and 30 feet down. This reef is host to a variety of life, fish, lobster and other invertebrates. Attempts to find it last year failed, but it has been found this year. Hopefully swim expeditions to the reef will resume this year. Ambitious swimmers should look for buddies between our two flags, or contact Lloyd through the website.

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. Don't be caught off guard when it reaches you.

 

 

moon

low

high

Aug

 9

full

-1.4

7.4   9:49pm

Aug

23

new

-0.3

6.3   9:42pm

Sep

 7

full

-1.0

7.0   9:38pm

Keep in mind that the tides a few days before and after are comparably high, but earlier, by about 45 minutes. While the highest tides are closely tied to the new and full moon, this month they are actually a little higher a few days before. 

Stingrays:
There are stingrays in our water all year, even knee deep. Sting rays don't attack people, but if you step on one, you will learn that their defense mechanism is very painful. It's treated with heat. Bury the affected area in hot sand. The pain takes an hour or two to pass, and rarely requires medical attention. 

A Contribution From Kevin:
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a paraglider, and it's crashing into the sea. Hey, everybody look north!

I stand and start walking as a paraglider crashes into the waves, chest high. So I run. I pass one person saying, "He looks ok." I say, "Better safe than sorry."

As I approach him in chest deep water, he's released. Yet he's wrapped his wrist in the cords, in order to pull it ashore. My second command to go to the beach sent him there.

He's fully clothed with a harness, emergency chute and helmet. Twice he felt I assisted. By then Tom and J.C. had arrived to help me pull the sail ashore. Wow! I've learned a few things. Also, no lifeguard had even responded.

Rockslide:
There was a significant rockslide just north of Valentine Slide, the gray rock area. That was 6am, July 7th, according to eyewitnesses. The area has been active for several years. A few rocks and dust slide down daily. People should be cautious about sitting among those rocks, since bigger rocks will fall, once enough of their support falls. The Valentine Slide fell after years of similar activity. 

A contribution From Dave:
A short update from the women's questionnaires that was passed out on the Fourth of July weekend...

I passed out 200 questionnaires and got 94 back. Thank you very much to all that took the time to fill them out. This is my first attempt at doing anything like this and I'm told that anything more than a 10% to 20% return is wonderful.

So far I have only been able to get a little demographic info. I'm not sure how to analyze the written answers yet. I got 57 back from the 2nd of July and 37 from the 4th. I got an age range from 17 to 66. There were 3 that had no age on them, 4 from 17 to 19, 24 in their 20s, 18 in their 30s, 28 in their 40s, 13 in their 50s and 4 in their 60s. There was an average age of 34.7 years.

For 19 of these women this was their first visit to Black's Beach, and this was the first clothing optional experience for 17 women. Everybody but one said they felt safe. That one didn't mark hers either way. There was one that marked both yes and no when asked if she felt safe. 47 women were from San Diego and the rest were from all over the country as well as Canada, Switzerland, Spain and Mexico.

So far this is all I've been able to work on. Again thank you to everybody that helped out with this.

Vol. MMVI Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: July

The first day of summer is past and with it the longest day. Days are long and sunsets will be in the northwest between 7:30 and 8:00.

The Beach in General:
June gave us very little gloom. Most days were hot and sunny. The sand has been too hot for bare feet and water temperatures have mostly been above 70. Crowds have numbered in the hundreds on weekdays and thousands on weekends.

Much of June gave us lots of baby bat rays. They are now bigger and feeding in deeper water where people are less likely to step on them and get stung. 

Past Events:
We hosted picnics July 2nd and 4th. Both days we had more than a hundred people participating. Some of the hot foods shared included hot dogs, steaks, chicken, sweet corn, squash, pineapple and bratwurst.

Future Events:
We are now in full picnic season. Please join us and bring your novel, or typical food ideas. We will continue hosting Sunday picnics through September. 

July 9

Sunday Picnic

July 10-16

National Nude Recreation Week

July 16

Sunday Picnic

July 20-23

Western Gathering

Laguna del Sol

July 23

Sunday Picnic

July 30

Sunday Picnic

Aug 6

Sunday Picnic

Aug 13

Sunday Picnic

National Nude Recreation Week:
National Nude Recreation Week is July 10-16 this year. To us here at Blackís Beach, it means doing what we always do, enjoying our freedom to choose not to wear clothes. There are some outspoken people who think we should be so thankful for our freedom that we not use it. Use it or risk losing it.

Itís a freedom our forefathers enjoyed, but is facing more challenges every year as our population grows. Will this freedom be reduced to just private property, and from there be restricted to the shower and bedroom?

The Naturist Society (TNS) has been instrumental in preserving nude recreation at Blackís Beach, and Blackís Beach Bares continues to work with TNS. Please join with us to ensure that there is always room on public land for nude recreation. Look for our yellow flag for more information.

Western Gathering:
TNS conducts several gatherings a year. The gatherings are political in nature, sharing good news and bad. Philosophies and tactics are discussed, but there is also a great deal of fun, games and camaraderie.

The time of the nearest gathering is at hand. This year the gathering is at Laguna del Sol, near Sacramento, July 20-23. Our own Dave Cole will be hosting a few workshops. 

Surf Event:
We will host another nude surf competition. As last year, it will include surfing, body surfing and body boarding. This year it will be held August 27th. Look for further details on the website.

Sunset Spectacles:
With a sharp horizon and a clear sky, it should be possible to see the green flash following sunset. Once the sun gets low enough in the sky and the refraction of our atmosphere separates colored images of the sun, we can see the green image after the brighter, red image goes over the horizon. Watch for a moment of green light after sunset.

Catalina was seen silhouetted by the setting sun late in May. This should happen again in mid-July, perhaps 11-14. This gives us one more reason to watch sunset.

Conviction:
In the past few months, two men were cited up north beyond the steel buoy. Blackís Beach Bares managed to contact one and provide legal advice. He chose to represent himself and lost recently. The fine was $183. We donít yet know if he intends to appeal and we donít know about the other citation.

While we still contest the wording of the now missing sign and the boundary change, rangers have shown that they can get convictions. You can avoid problems by staying south of Mussel Mesa, or by covering the body parts that offend the heretic majority.

Mussel Mesa is the area just north of the steel buoy. There are illegal trails leading up to it and rocks in the surf below. Itís about a mile north of the Burro Trail.

Parking Lots:
Gay Pride celebrations in Balboa Park will run from July 28-30 this year. That always has an impact on parking here. You may have to arrive a little earlier, or walk a little further.

The parking lot is often locked promptly at 8pm. Newcomers should know how to get out if they find it locked before they leave. Left of that gate and a ways across the gravel lot is another exit. Look to the right. 

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides typically occur at about 9am and 9pm. As a result, we get a wide beach during the busy day and it gets narrower late in the afternoon. Donít be caught off guard when it reaches your spot. Keys are very hard to find in the surf and towels are heavy when soaked by seawater.

 

 

moon

low

high

Jul

11

full

-1.5

7.3   9:58pm

Jul

25

new

-0.8

6.5   9:59pm

Aug

 9

full

-1.4

7.4   9:49pm

Keep in mind that the tides a few days before and after are comparably high. 

From Dave Cole:
The Black's Beach Bares passed out 100 questionnaires to women on the beach on Sunday July 2nd and another 100 on Tuesday July 4th. The purpose of this questionnaire was to find out what concerns women have at the beach and to see if we could do anything to improve their visit. 

Early results with 48 questionnaires returned indicate that the biggest concern, ~62% of respondents, to be too much unwanted attention from men in general and specifically from men that are dressed. Most women did feel safe but felt uncomfortable having men sit too close to them when there is plenty of space on the beach.

We are hoping to get many of the other 152 surveys in the mail and have better results in the August newsletter and online. Lets take the ladies' advice and give them some space.

The Value of Etiquette:
That survey result hardly comes as a surprise. You can sit anywhere you want, but some choices mean you wonít make friends.

We have a good idea why people weave their way down the beach, walking through the middle of each group. If you treat the people here as if we are your peep show, you are not respecting us. This makes you unwelcome. Your subjects will be happier when you go away. 

Vol. MMVI Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: June

The Beach in General:
Early May was plagued with our typical weather, May haze. But the month ended with some very hot and sunny weather. Thousands of people were on the beach during Memorial Day weekend. Seasonal tides have returned much of our sand and the beach is now wider. The sand is now too hot for bare feet. The water temperature rose to 72 by the end May. We now face June gloom, so take advantage of every sunny day that comes.

Past Events:
The Bares hosted picnics Sunday and Monday, Memorial Day weekend. While there were a few thousand people on the beach, only sixty or so people were at the picnic at any one time. Some of the hot foods shared included chicken, carne asada, hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, sweet corn, squash and salmon. Chips, salsa and fruits were also shared.

Future Events:
Black's Beach Bares hosts Sunday picnics July through September, contingent on good weather. The procedure is pretty simple. You bring something to share, cook it, then pass it around. Food left on the table mostly goes uneaten. Passing it around is how we mingle. Ice cream may also be made without notice. 

July 2

Sunday Picnic

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 9

Sunday Picnic

July 10-16

National Nude Recreation Week

July 16

Sunday Picnic

July 20-23

Western Gathering

Laguna del Sol

July 23

Sunday Picnic

National Nude Recreation Week:
National Nude Recreation Week is July 10-16 this year. To us here at Black's Beach, it means doing what we always do, enjoying our freedom to choose not to wear clothes. There are some outspoken people who think we should be so thankful for our freedom that we not use it. Use it or risk loosing it. 

It's a freedom our forefathers enjoyed, but is facing more challenges every year as our population grows. The Naturist Society (TNS) has been instrumental in preserving nude recreation at Black's Beach, and Black's Beach Bares continues to work with TNS. Please join with us to ensure that there is always room on public land for nude recreation. Look for our yellow flag for more information.

Boundary Conflict:
The offensive sign up north is gone. It was removed by rangers, because it was vandalized beyond recognition. Rangers will replace the sign and they will enforce that boundary.

We dispute the claim made in the sign and the location of the boundary, but leaving the boundary unmarked provokes further conflict. Black's Beach Bares seeks changes in law and enforcement through persuasion, not by vandalism.

Sunsets and the Green Flash:
With a sharp horizon and a clear sky, it should be possible to see the green flash following sunset. Once the sun gets low enough in the sky and the refraction of our atmosphere separates colored images of the sun, we can see the green image after the brighter, red image goes over the horizon. Watch for a moment of green light after sunset.

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides typically occur at about 9am and 9pm. As a result, we get a wide beach during the busy day and it gets narrower late in the afternoon. Don't be caught off guard when it reaches your spot. Keys are very hard to find in the surf and towels are heavy when soaked by seawater.

 

 

moon

low

high

Jun

11

full

-1.1

6.8   9:21pm

Jun

25

new

-1.2

6.8   9:31pm

Jul

11

full

-1.5

7.3   9:58pm

Red Tide:
About this time of year we sometimes have red tide, giving our water a red or amber color and poor visibility. Dinoflagellates are the culprits. These plankton reproduce explosively.

The dinoflagellates here in San Diego are bioluminescent, meaning that they glow when turbulence is introduced. Each wave will give off light. If you swim at night, you will see a glow with every stroke. If you walk in the surf at night, every footstep will sparkle. If you can't be here at night, take some water home and shake it up in a dark room. 

Avoiding Sunburn:
Summer also means it's easier to get a sunburn. Visitors to Black's Beach often want to get that all over tan in the few days they are here. Usually what they get is an all over sunburn. Using sun-block is a good idea, but you should also use some shade. 

The mid-day summer sun is higher and too intense for tanning. You may even get sunburned in the morning and not realize it. Then, if you resume sunbathing in the afternoon, your sunburn will get worse. The better way to get your all over tan is to stay in the shade until about 2:30, then tan in the afternoon sun. There is plenty of ultraviolet in the afternoon sun for a tan. 

Stingrays and Jellyfish:
There are stingrays in our water all year, even knee deep. Sting rays don't attack people, but if you step on one, you will learn that their defense mechanism is very painful. They sting you with a long sharp spear, often leaving a gash on your foot or ankle. It's treated with heat to break down the toxins. Bury the affected area in hot sand. The pain takes two hours to pass and rarely requires more than minor medical attention.

Jellyfish are seen washed up on the beach, but you should give some thought to the fact that there must also be some in the water. These animals are unable to see you and pursue you, especially near the shore. They are very much victims of water currents. If you see one in the water, note the direction the water takes them and keep out of the way. Even a dead piece of a jellyfish stings on contact.

If stung, don't spread it by scratching. Untreated, the itch passes quickly. Lifeguards spray on vinegar, but it's unclear that it actually helps. Rinsing with sea water may be just as effective.

Volleyball:
The Bares will set up a volleyball court almost daily. There will be competitive games played, but there will also be some jungle ball, meaning the point is simply to keep the ball moving and forget about the score. Please come join the game of your choice.

Parking Lots:
UCSD graduation ceremonies often impact our parking. People visiting the beach June 17-19 should anticipate congestion and a shortage of spaces.

The parking lot is often locked promptly at 8pm. Newcomers should know how to get out if they find it locked before they leave. Left of that gate and a ways across the gravel lot is another exit. Look to the right. 

Vol. MMVI Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: May

The Beach in General:
There were many great, warm and sunny days in March and April.  There has also been some rain.  Often there are only dozens of people on the beach, but there have been hundreds on hot days.  Much of our sand is missing, but that is due to return this month.  Very high tides do leave us with little dry sand and very low tides leave us with islands and pools in the surf.  Water temperatures have been in the low sixties.

Ranger Concerns:
Allen Baylis (Naturist Action Committee), Claudia Kellersch (NAC Area Representative) and Lloyd Johnson met with Ranger Denny Stoufer to discuss recent problems at Black's Beach, specifically the new sign and the one-day clothesure of March 12th.

He listened respectfully as we gave him information supporting clothing optional use, like the Bost Decision and the Harris Letter.  We were able to show that the official Grey Whale Cove website states that it's clothing optional.  We pointed out that the new sign encourages user conflict.  We were able to argue that there are already special use state parks, like golf courses.  We presented our case that the state park system has the authority to officially designate clothing optional use, which would be better than the Cahill Policy.

We did not convince him to remove the new sign nor to officially designate our beach as clothing optional.  He would not promise us that the beach would not be clothed again.  He did tell us it would not likely occur on a busy day.  He also told us there is no push to clothe the beach permanently.  It is simply business as usual.

The Naturist Society (TNS):
TNS gives us defenders like Allen, Claudia and Lloyd.  It's a member organization formed to promote nude recreation and body acceptance.  They do this by defending clothing optional use of public land through participating groups like ours.  Without their constant vigilance over the course of many years, you would not be nude on this beach or any other.

Many of us feel secure on our clothing optional oasis.  Things have gone well here, but we canít count on that forever.  We all hope for the best, but joining an organization is the first step in preparing for the worst.  The best way to avoid a fight is to show that weíre ready for anything.

Trail:
There was some rain in March and April, but it did not damage the trail.  In fact, Black's Beach Diggers have made significant improvements to the trail.  They rebuilt the crooked staircase and added steps in key spots.

Subscriptions:
Subscriptions are $10/year.  Please subscribe, renew or make a donation.  I ask a $2 donation for email subscriptions.

Many people take free copies from the bulletin board and the people who read newsletters from the website are uncounted too.  These free sources of the newsletter will continue, because keeping people informed is more important.

There are monthly expenses for operating the website.  Donations can also be directed to trail workers.  You decide if the newsletter, the website or the trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly.

Future Events:
The time of year when Blackís Beach Bares sponsors events is approaching.  We will host Sunday picnics July through September, as well as holidays like Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.  Ice cream will be made on exceptionally hot Sundays.

May 28

Sunday Picnic

May 29

Memorial Day Picnic

July 2

Sunday Picnic

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 9

Sunday Picnic

July 10-16

National Nude Recreation Week

July 16

Sunday Picnic

July 20-23

Western Gathering

Laguna del Sol

July 23

Sunday Picnic

July 30

Sunday Picnic

Aug 6

Sunday Picnic

Aug 13

Sunday Picnic

Aug 20

Sunday Picnic

Aug 27

Sunday Picnic

Sept 3

Sunday Picnic

Sept 4

Labor Day Picnic

Sept 10

Sunday Picnic

Sept 17

Sunday Picnic

Sept 24

Sunday Picnic

Parking Lots:
The north lot may be closed occasionally, for the glider runway.  This forces people who use the north lot to share the west and east lots.

UCSD graduation ceremonies often impact our parking.  People visiting the beach June 3rd and 4th should anticipate congestion and a shortage of spaces.

As summer use increases, the west lot will fill and people will be forced to use the east lot.  Keep in mind that those no parking signs mean that you should leave a clear path so people can get through to the north lot.  Overflow parking has been allowed on the other side of those signs, the east lot.

Sunsets and the Green Flash:
With a sharp horizon and a clear sky, it should be possible to see the green flash following sunset.  Once the sun gets low enough in the sky and the refraction of our atmosphere separates colored images of the sun, we can see the green image after the brighter, red image goes over the horizon.  Watch for a moment of green light after sunset.

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours.  The highest tides typically occur at about 9am and 9pm.  As a result, we get a wide beach during the busy day and it gets narrower late in the afternoon.  Donít be caught off guard when it reaches your spot.  Keys are very hard to find in the surf and towels are heavy when soaked by seawater.

 

 

moon

low

high

May

13

full

-0.8

6.4   9:37pm

May

27

new

-1.4

6.9   9:43pm

Jun

11

full

-1.1

6.8   9:21pm

Tides a few days before and after are comparably high.

Tar on the Beach:
The currents sometimes wash tar up onto our beach this time of year.  Some of us try to pick it up, but more keeps washing up.  Watch your step and watch where you spread your towel.  Itís very hard to get it off.  To remove it, use any oil-based product.  Some people carry baby oil, or suntan oil just for that purpose.  Even lip balm will work.  When you pick it up, try to avoid touching it.

Flies:
We are also entering the time of year when the flies can become a bother.  When there is a lot of seaweed and no wind, they donít leave us alone.  On those days you will find seaweed covered with flies that swarm every time anybody comes near.  The remedy is to move the seaweed far from yourself, and out of the path of by passers.  Itís also a good idea to use some kind of repellent.

Vol. MMVI Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: April

Beach Clothed for a Day!
A new sign was posted up north, near the steel buoy stating "NUDITY IN THE STATE PARK SYSTEM IS PROHIBITTED." Black's Beach Bares met with Jody Kummer, the supervising ranger at Torrey Pines State Park on February 7 to discuss this new development.

She stated that the sign is meant to mark a new boundary for the clothing optional area. While she said this, she refused to acknowledge that nudity is legal on the state beach. The reason for taking this action is that they have received numerous complaints about nudity, and has even had the grounds to clothe the beach under the Cahill Policy. At that meeting she suggested that a discussion of state parks was taking place and that we may gain a sign advising that people may encounter nude sunbathers. The likely location of that sign would be around Mussel Rocks. We waited and the decision came down that there would be no sign.

Rangers ordered people to dress March 12th, via loudspeaker and under threat of citation. I contacted Jody Kummer and she informed me that a man walked nude, north of Flat Rock picking up trash.

She received more than one complaint. The violation occurred on a portion of the beach that was not the traditional nude beach, yet she applied the Cahill Policy. The man was found and cited.

The impact on us was small this time, only because there were very few people on the beach. Black's Beach Bares questions their authority to change traditional boundaries and to apply the Cahill Policy so broadly.

Legal Status:
State Park Regulation 4322 prohibits nudity and exposure of the female breast in the State Parks, classifying it as a misdemeanor, but allows the Parks Department to designate areas for nude use. There are no such areas officially designated for nude use, but there are many de facto designations, including Black's Beach. 

The Cahill Policy prevents any official from making an arrest or issuing a citation within the de facto boundaries simply because they are personally offended. Officials can demand you dress, only if there has been a complaint filed. If you refuse to dress, or if you are found nude later that same day, you can be cited or arrested. You can return the next day and be nude. The rationale is that the offender and the offended are not likely to meet the next day.

What to do?
If an official orders you to get dressed, do the following, in order.
1) Get dressed.
2) Question the official. Was there a complaint? Who filed the complaint?
3) Report the incident to Blackís Beach Bares by mail or email.

We all recognize that there are boundaries, otherwise we'd be walking nude everywhere. What we need are markers. Black's Beach Bares will continue negotiating for official markers. But until that is achieved, we should erect our own markers and spread the word. Informing this man would have saved him the citation, and spared innocent people the loss of their freedom for the day. It is everyone's business when we all suffer because one man ignored etiquette.

Boundaries:
The northern boundary is under dispute. Until recently it was Mussel Rocks. Rangers now claim it's at the new sign, posted in front of the buoy, recently painted bright orange.

The southern boundary is even with Salk Institute Road, and is sometimes marked with orange traffic cones. In case it's not marked, be alert regarding the main trail. It's about a hundred yards south of that.

There is a large rock twenty or thirty yards north of the boundary. It's almost cubic in shape, measuring about five feet on each side. I've heard talk of painting it white, as a marker. 
Also look for white signs with black lettering posted against the cliff stating NUDITY PROHIBITED. South of that first sign is the city beach. Nudity is clearly illegal and easily prosecuted on City property.

The cliffs above Blackís Beach are City property. Wear clothes on all trails and outside these boundaries.

Nude Beach Etiquette:
Nude beach etiquette is a set of standards, too often left unspoken. Etiquette informs newcomers what to expect and that they are not alone. Nobody should feel that they are facing rude people alone. If you want to think of it in terms of rules, there are only three.

1) Respect the boundaries.
Donít go out of established nude areas. To wander nude into clothing-compulsive territory may offend many, and puts the whole beach at risk. 
No overt sexual activity. Nude is not lewd, but combined with sex, it undermines our image and could cost us our freedom and enjoyment of the beach.

2) Respect the people.
Do not photograph people without their permission. It is common courtesy to ask first. Not everyone wants to end up in a stranger's photo album. Never photograph any children but your own.
Respect the privacy of others. If there is a lot of room, then give people a respectable distance. Recognize when you are unwelcome.

3) Respect the beach.
Pack it in, pack it out. There is no trash collection at Blackís Beach. If you carried it down, you must carry it back up. 

Speak up for our standards. If a person seems unaware of beach etiquette, explain it kindly and plainly. Give them a copy of "Nude Beach Etiquette". The beach you save could be your own.

Vol. MMVI Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: March

Spring is near!
The sun crosses the celestial equator March 20th at about 10:20am, making it the first day of spring. On this day night and day are of equal length. That's why it's called the equinox. On that day the sun will rise in the east, instead of the southeast, and it will set in the west, instead of the southwest. Following that day, days will get progressively longer, giving us warmer weather. It also means sunlight passes through less air making sun-block more important.

The Beach in General:
There were many great, warm and sunny days in January and February. There has even been some rain. Often there are only dozens of people on the beach, but there have been over a hundred people on hot days. Much of the sand has been removed by waves and storms, but there is still plenty of beach. Very high tides do leave us with little dry sand and very low tides leave us with islands and pools in the surf. Water temperatures have ranged from upper fifties to low sixties. 

New Boundary?
We have met with rangers regarding the new sign up north. Our concerns are confirmed. It was erected in response to complaints of lewd conduct and it is intended to be the new clothing optional boundary.

This new sign is posted about a hundred yards south of Mussel Rocks near the buoy, currently painted blue and green. Please dress before going north of the sign.

The issue is not yet settled and negotiations are ongoing. At this time it is best to comply with the demands of rangers while we try to reverse this loss. 

The Value of Etiquette:
Etiquette is a standard of behavior that polite society follows. Itís rarely written down and explained even less often. Every once in a while some people need a reminder of why etiquette is necessary.

Newcomers should come to understand that etiquette has made our survival possible, and continues to preserve our clothing optional oases. In answer to the common question, Why canít we have sex on the beach?

The fact is that there is sex everywhere, but usually that sex is covert. Overt sex requires the consent of everybody present. In a public place you cannot get the consent of everyone. There will always be a passerby. Anybody who doesnít see the seriousness of this, needs a lesson in sexual harassment. Plenty of people think public nudity crosses that line too. It isnít wise to pull the tigerís tail. Sometimes testing the limits, changes the limits. Choosing to undress in public does not mean consenting to public sex.

People who want a public place for overt sex should find a site, meet with officials and lobby for that status. They should not expect us to risk our status quo for their unlikely gain. A few people who won't abide by etiquette is why our boundary is being moved.

Our Neighbor, The Author:
Our upstairs neighbor, the gliderport owner, David Jebb, has tried his hand at fiction with his novel, The Thirteenth Time Zone. He tells me it's an action-adventure novel centered on a burned out cop chasing his dream. It is being sold at the gliderport, as well as on-line. He offers to autograph any copy you bring him.

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides typically occur at about 9am and 9pm. During winter and spring this gives us a wet beach. This month there is no tide high enough to soak the whole beach, without big waves, but it could force you closer to the cliffs. The low tide gives us tide pools to explore.

 

 

moon

low

high

Mar

14

full

-0.2

5.5   8:36am

Mar

29

new

-0.4

6.4   9:08pm

Apr

13

full

-0.1

5.8   9:45pm

Apr

27

new

-1.1

6.9   9:33pm

Keep in mind that the tides a few days before and after are comparably high. While the highest tides are closely tied to the new and full moon, this month they are actually a little higher a few days before and earlier in the day. 

Swallows Sun Island:
Jim and Ruth Shafer have finally found a buyer for Swallows. He is Fernando Gonzalez, a younger man in his forties. I spoke with Jim, and he tells me the only change currently planned is a new security gate. It will remain a nudist resort with no policy changes. Jim and Ruth will continue to live at Swallows, in retirement. They will advise and inform the new owner, for a smooth transition, but he will be running the resort. Anyone wishing to visit Swallows should check my "clubs" page and follow their link. 

Tar on the Beach:
The currents sometimes wash tar up onto our beach this time of year. Some of us try to pick it up, but more keeps washing up. Watch your step and watch where you spread your towel. Itís very hard to get it off. To remove it, use any oil-based product. Some people carry baby oil, or suntan oil just for that purpose. Even lip balm will work in a pinch. Because some people pick it up, itís less likely other people will step in it or ruin a towel. If youíre going to pick it up, consider using a kelp leaf. 

Flies:
We are also entering the time of year when the flies can become a bother. When there is a lot of seaweed and no wind, they donít leave us alone. On those days you will find seaweed covered with flies that swarm every time anybody comes near. The remedy is to move the seaweed far from yourself, and out of the path of by passers. Itís also a good idea to use some kind of repellent. 

Jellyfish:
Jellyfish are seen washed up on the beach, especially this time of year. Give some thought to the fact that there must also be some in the water. These animals are unable to see you and pursue you, especially near the shore. They are very much victims of water currents. If you see one in the water, note the direction the water takes them and keep out of the way. Even a dead piece of a jellyfish stings on contact.

If stung, donít spread it by scratching. Untreated, the itch passes quickly. Lifeguards spray on rubbing alcohol, but itís unclear that it actually helps. Rinsing with sea-water may be just as effective. 

Trail Repairs:
Black's Beach Diggers have been very active the last two months. They have isolated the worst spots in the trail and tackled oversized steps. There are still plenty of bad spots in the trail, and there probably always will be. The diggers choose what spots they will repair according to what problems they can resolve without closing the trail.

With the rainy season just beginning, we can expect damage to the trail. Thankfully, the diggers are determined to resist erosion and rebuild quickly. Nobody knows what drives this outlaw organization. Just be glad that something drives them. Giving them cash donations only encourages this behavior. Black's Beach Bares passes donations on to Black's Beach Diggers, when directed by the donor.

Vol. MMVI Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: January / February

The Beach in General:
The nights are still longer than the days, but the shortest day is behind us, so days will continue getting longer. Much of the beach is shaded until about 10am and sunset will be about 5pm for much of these two months.

Much of December has been cloudy, with a little rain, but there have been sunny days too. A hundred or so show up on sunny weekends and only dozens on weekdays.

The seasonal loss of sand has taken away much of our beach. Our highest tides will now reach the base of the cliffs. These high tides define the cliff line. When the waves get higher, they take away some of the cliff.

This is the time of year when we are plagued by flies. These flies cover the seaweed and swarm when passing people scare them. They are especially bad when there is no wind. The remedy is to move seaweed far from yourself and pedestrian traffic. Fly repellent helps too. 

Access and Parking: 
This year the Buick Invitational will be January 23-29. This always impacts our parking and slows traffic to a crawl. There will be no street parking. Attendants may try to bar access to the dirt lot. When you reach the front, tell them you are going to the beach and they must let you in. Parking will still be hard to find. 

Trail Repairs:
Black's Beach Diggers have been busy with trail repairs. Several new steps have been installed, some of them railroad ties. None of this reduces the nearly 300-foot climb, but they do make the steps smaller with less places to slip.

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides typically occur at about 9am or 9pm, but are closer to 8am these three months. With much of sand gone for the season, the result will be a mostly wet beach all day. If you plan to visit the beach on or near spring tide, bring a tarp or chair, or sit near the unstable cliff.

 

 

moon

low

high

Jan

13

full

-1.1

6.1   7:51am

Jan

29

new

-1.6

6.9   8:24am

Feb

13

full

-0.5

5.7   8:46am

Feb

27

new

-1.0

6.5   8:20am

Mar

14

full

 0.0

5.2   8:46am

Trademarked!
The process took about a year and a half, but it's finally done. The Black's Beach Bares logo you see in the upper left of this newsletter is now a registered trademark. 

Clothing Optional Oases:
Surviving the Rainy Season:

I'm providing a list of some of the other clothing optional opportunities in and around San Diego, for the benefit of readers who don't yet know. Consider them a backup plan for rainy days.

Camping Bares is a travel club that meets for potlucks, day hikes and camping. The nudist resorts in the area include De Anza Springs and Swallows Sun Island. A little farther away are Glen Eden, Mystic Oaks and Olive Dell.

There are links to all these clubs through the Black's Beach Bares website, on the "clubs" page.

Shrinking Boundary?
It has come to our attention that there is a new sign, apparently posted by park rangers on or just before December 4th. The sign is posted in front of the steel ball and states, "NUDITY IN THE STATE PARK SYSTEM IS PROHIBITED."

It appears as if rangers intend to enforce a new boundary, leaving us with slightly less clothing optional territory. Claudia, Dave and I recall rangers mentioning this possibility when we met months ago. This was their response to complaints of lewd acts within and at the southern end of Mussel Rocks.

Black's Beach Bares questions their authority to change the boundary and we intend to meet with rangers in the near future. Our Naturist Action Committee Area Representative (NACAR), Claudia, has just been made aware of this new development and will be discussing it with our legal counsel soon.

In the mean time, it is best to comply with the demands of rangers to avoid citations. If anyone has already been cited or arrested, they should contact Black's Beach Bares and Claudia to find legal counsel. If you simply plead guilty to end the nightmare, you will probably be labeled a sex offender.

This turn of events was unnecessary. It is the result of playing cat and mouse with the rangers. You may be able to get away with lewd acts today, but the whole beach will pay in the near future. You can see the ranger coming and stop, but do you also stop when people walk or jog past? They did not consent to seeing your live sex show. They are the ones who complain.

Arrests don't close the beach to nude recreation, complaints do. Nude beach etiquette is a recipe for survival. If you can abide by it, we can preserve our status. If you can't, our boundaries will continue to shrink to nothing.

The Naturist Society (TNS):
Who do you expect to help when we lose territory? If not TNS, who? If not now, when?

TNS is a member organization formed to promote nude recreation and body acceptance. They do this by defending clothing optional use of public land through participating groups like ours. Without their hard work in years past, you would not be nude on this beach or any other.

We need your help, especially now. You say you've been coming to Black's Beach for how many years? Has it gotten better? Has it gotten worse? What have you done? What have you given back?

TNS membership is a good start. With TNS membership you get a subscription to their quarterly magazine, discounted admission to resorts, invitations to gatherings and festivals, discounts on Skinny Dipper merchandise and voting privileges. Most importantly your membership adds strength in numbers to protect our choice not to wear clothes. 

Membership and Subscriptions:
Both are rather casual. There is no official list of members and I rarely check subscription expirations. Subscriptions by US mail are $10/year, and I ask $2/year for email subscriptions. 

Many people take free copies from the bulletin board and the people who read newsletters from the website are uncounted too. These free sources of the newsletter will continue, because keeping people informed is more important.

We always spend more money than we take in, so please consider making a donation. We need to cover our monthly expenses, including website hosting. Donations can also be directed to Black's Beach Diggers. You decide if the newsletter, the website or the trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly.

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