Advice about Lighthouse Beach –
***UPDATE*** As of February 12, 2013 Lighthouse Beach is not any longer a clothing-optional beach. National Park Service has declared that they’ll now be applying New York state law, prohibiting nudity. Go here to read http://wnude.com/topic/wet-and-nude-topic-about-naturist-pissing.php about this policy change. There have previously been dilemmas on Lighthouse Beach, but Hurricane Sandy (autumn of 2012) was really the last nail in the coffin.
The hurricane absolutely destroyed the dunes along the strand, which is among the reasons cited by NPS for the nudity ban. (The dunes previously served as a visual block to the nude sunbathers.)
The Naturist Action Committee (NAC) is currently working on solutions to the dilemmas mentioned and searching for a means to save this wonderful nude beach for naturist and naturist use. However, it is an extremely complex scenario and will take some time and work to try and solve it. To further understand the situation, read an inter view with Chief Ranger Lena Koschmann.(Please note: Ms. Koschmann has been quoted in several areas giving deceptive advice on the legality of women going topfree on the plage.
The legality here isn’t “tricky” or unclear whatsoever as she’s claimed it to be. It is totally legal for girls to go topless on public beaches in NY state, whatever rubbish you hear from NPS.)
Robert Moses Nude Beach or Lighthouse Beach, on the Fire Island National Seashore off of Long Island, NY has been ranked as among the top 10 unclothed beaches in the U.S. Its status is well-deserved as the beach is immaculate, beautiful, and the water is clean. The naturist beach is situated just next to Robert Moses State Park, where the dunes are thick with plant life and dwelling to a reasonable quantity of wildlife. Its name originates from the prominent lighthouse situated between the clothes optional segments.
No one is certain when nude sunbathing started on this part of the coastline. The first reports of the activity date back to the 1950’s. The Robert Moses Causeway vastly improved access to the park in 1964, and its popularity seems to have taken off from there.
Since the 1980s, use of the Lighthouse as a historical landmark draw has ignited controversy over the existence of nudists on the plage. It is open to visitors, which included teachers with groups of schoolchildren. Some teachers complained about the observable naturists plus some just didn’t need to have explain to kids that we are all, in fact, naked under our clothes. There was also concern from parents who parked at field 5 for its handicap access, or who entered at field 5 after taking the ferry with their children, and would see the unclothed sunbathers.
Members of the Lighthouse Preservation Society had differing opinions, but didn’t want to ban anyone. Discussions resulted in a little section before the lighthouse becoming fabric. Thus the once long stretch of clothing optional beach was split into two huge segments, with a textile part in between. The western c/o section may also be known as Kismet West to differentiate it from the eastern c/o part. The sections are clearly marked by signs, so you will understand where nudity is allowed and where it is not. Needless to say, it is legal to go topfreeon all public shores in NY state since 1992.
General Info and Suggestions about Lighthouse Beach
Lighthouse Beach is fairly narrow and can get a bit crowded when the weather is right, though the western section is apparently less congested. Overall it’s a very enjoyable setting, and the majority of sunbathers are unclothed. Visitors signify an extensive range of ethnic backgrounds and ages. Some of them are families, as it’s a very family-friendly surroundings.
Park Rangers periodically drive through several times a day to check up. There aren’t any lifeguards. There is certainly a store carrying strand requirements at the Field 5 parking lot, but no concession stands on the strand. The closest toilets are found on the rocky road off the boardwalk or at the parking lot. There are no trash bins on the plage, so carry in, carry out.
Cost and The Best Way To Get to Lighthouse Beach on Long Island
The plage is about 1 hour to 1.5 hour drive from New York City. Once you arrive at Robert Moses State Park, it’s a fast drive down to Field 5 to get to the clothing optional sections. The price is $10 per car or a season pass can be obtained for $65. The sand is a 5-10 minute walk in the parking lot.
Though it truly is a considerably less suitable way to go, it’s accessible by public transportation. From there, take the S-47 Suffolk bus, which will get you to Robert Moses Field 3 in about 20 minutes. From there it’s about a 30 minute walk to Field 5. LIRR offers a roundtrip train bus package for $19. (Afterward entry to the strand is free.)
As a substitute, take the LIRR to Bay Shore station, then walk to the Fire Island Ferries and take the ferry to Kismet. Once on Fire Island, walk south to the beach. See the ferry site for more information: http://www.fireislandferries.com/
Lighthouse Beach Nude Etiquette and Politics
Whaa? I just need to love the sand!
Well lucky for us, Lighthouse is an established clothing optional beach located on Federal land. While NY state law would prohibit naked sunbathing, National Park Service picks to honor the traditional nude use and not apply regulations. However, the inescapable facts are the NPS could choose to end this tradition at a minute’s notice and start applying state law.
Consequently it’s very essential for visitors to conduct themselves in a respectful manner and obey all laws and regulations. Improper sexual activity is often seen as the largest problem facing naked beaches, as it can be adequate reason to shut a unclothed beach like Lighthouse. Please behave responsibly and read over the etiquette outlined here before your visit.
There are two naturist organizations of illustrious presence on the sand: SaveLighthouseBeach.org Strand Ambassadors and the Long Island Travasuns. These organizations work to educate visitors of proper etiquette and help patrol the playa to stop unwanted behavior. (The plage ambassadors usually create an information table alongside the boardwalk and also can be spotted by their distinguishable hats.)
This article about mLighthouse Beach – Long Island Nude Beach, was published by – Young Naturists and Naturists America FKK
OUR TOWNS; Lighthouse Indicates a Storm at the Beach http://www.nytimes.com/1994/08/30/nyregion/our-towns-lighthouse-signals-a-storm-at-the-beach.html
“Nudity Ban Sought at Fire I. Light” http://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/23/nyregion/nudity-ban-sought-at-fire-i-light.html
Save Lighthouse Beach http://www.savelighthousebeach.org/v1/
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