Thank Godiva: Gays Will Be Able To Nude Sunbathe On Fire Island After All

fire island - david shankboneEarlier this week we reported that park rangers were cracking down on public nudity on Fire Island, a popular gay vacation destination just a few hours from Manhattan.

While its true the public-decency statutes on the barrier island will be in full effect this season, we’ve gotten word that it won’t include the Pines and Cherry Grove, the isle’s gay meccas.

From FIP Ventures:

The Chief Ranger of the Fire Island National Seashore, Lena B. Koschmann, sheds light on exactly what this means to the Pines: “Fire Island National Seashore has chosen to start enforcing the state law prohibiting public nudity in the federal land it administers.  Community beaches – including those in front of the Pines and Cherry Grove – will not be affected by this. They are policed by the Suffolk County police department, and it is not something they have chosen to enforce in the past.”

The areas affected by the enforcement include:

  • Lighthouse Beach, from the western end of the park to the western boundary of Kismet
  • The Sailors Haven tract, from Point O’ Woods to Cherry Grove
  • One half mile on either side of the Barrett Beach lifeguard stand
  • One mile on either side of the Watch Hill lifeguard stand
  • From the Wilderness Visitor Center to the breach at Old Inlet

Ranger Koschmann did have a word of warning to those thinking of getting frisky in the Meatrack, the wooded no-man’s-land between the Grove and the Pines:

“The area known as “the Meatrack” is not a target of our enforcement. We do not plan on focusing our enforcement efforts in that area. However, of course, if people are disobeying the law, including having sex in public or doing drugs, of course we would enforce laws…

Should concentrations of nudity and lewd and lascivious behaviors increase in other federal areas and cause conflicts with other visitors or protected species, then we may expand its enforcement efforts.”

As you were.

Photo: David Shankbone

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