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Does Georgia's Tybee Island Need a Nude Beach?

A Savannah man has started an online petition asking that a portion of the beach on Tybee Island be designated clothing optional.

A Savannah man has started an online petition asking that a portion of the beach on Tybee Island be designated clothing optional. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV
A Savannah man has started an online petition asking that a portion of the beach on Tybee Island be designated clothing optional. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV

Georgia’s Tybee Island, 18 miles away from Savannah, bills itself as a beach oasis of historic attractions, great dining and plenty of water fun from swimming to dolphin watching

Could a nude beach be its next tourist draw?

A man has started an online petition drive to designate a quarter-mile of the northernmost portion of the island as clothing optional, reports WSB TV. To date, the petition has obtained nearly 900 signatures in support of a nude beach.

Mayor Jason Buelterman says he appreciates the interest in the community, but it won’t happen on his watch. Meanwhile, Shawn Williams of Savannah says it’s about freedom and personal rights. 

Tybee Island is a family friendly beach, Mayor Pro Tem Wanda Doyle told WJCL TV last month. A nude beach would detract from the wholesome vibe, she says.

In his petition on Change.org, Williams says he doesn’t want to convert everyone to his view, just create a space where people who have shed outdated morals can enjoy nature in the buff.

“With only one-quarter mile designated as clothing optional, more than 2.45 miles of the beach would still be left as "clothing-required. In this, we give way for everyone to go to the beach however they choose,” Williams writes on the petition site.

Christopher Michael July 11, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Too many perverts in this country need their private parts burned off by the sun or castrated by sharks anyway and there's plenty of jellyfish there too so yeah go for it!
Octo Slash July 11, 2014 at 08:36 AM
I've been to beaches in the Caribbean where nudity is allowed. Believe me...IT'S NO BIG DEAL. Most of the people sunbathing nude are so grossly over tanned and flabby, you're not sure if you're looking at a human on the beach or a duck hanging in a Chinese market window.
Patricia Maria July 11, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Nowhere NEEDS a nudist beach. If you want to get naked, do it at home.
Fatkat July 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM
The only people taking off their clothes in public are the ones that shouldn't be!
Ann Hudren July 11, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Go for it Mr. Williams. Just remember that beach patrons that have the misfortune of viewing your nude body have the freedom and right to speak openly about your physique (or lack thereof).

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