No Shirt, No Pants, No Sunbathing

What a bummer.

A group of nudists seeking to keep a Southern California beach clothing optional has lost its latest court battle.

An appellate panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal has ruled that a state policy that set guidelines for nude sunbathing on state beaches is invalid.

Huntington Beach attorney Allen Baylis told the OC Register the case will probably be appealed.

"It's time for the (Department of Parks and Recreation) to realize that one of the reasons San Onofre has so many visitors is that there's a very popular clothing-optional beach there," Baylis told the Register. "The people who visit Trail 6 pay their admission fees and buy their annual passes, which contribute a significant amount of money to the department and the local economy."

State officials began to crack down on nudity last year on a 1,000 foot stretch of San Onofre State Beach, where sunbathing naked has gone on for about 20 years, citing complaints about lewd behavior.

A group of naturists sued and won the right to sunbathe in the buff on the basis of 1979 guidelines for nudity at state beaches. On Thursday, the panel ruled that the guidelines aren't enforceable because they weren't adopted with public feedback.

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