PENTICTON — A debate over a clothing-optional beach in Penticton is heating up. Some property owners near 3 Mile Beach are telling the nudists to go somewhere else to sunbathe, but the nudists just want to be able to use the beach without controversy, asking city council to intervene.
The nudists are also soliciting the help of a prominent naturist, who’s also a member of Vancouver’s Wreck Beach Preservation Society.
“At Wreck Beach for example, we have clothed and unclothed right beside each other, straights and gays,” says Judy Williams.
Kevin Proteau, a representative with the 3 Mile Naturist Beach Committee, believes the same harmony can be achieved at 3 Mile Beach.
“At the end of the day, there’s a simple solution: it’s signage,” he says.
The committee wants the city to erect two signs: one allowing sunbathers know they’re entering a clothing-optional beach and another letting the naturists know when to put their clothes back on.
Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit says signage is only one possible solution and the city is considering nine others.
“It is about finding a balance because people are polarized on whether they want it or not. It is very difficult for the city because we are either prudes or crudes no matter how deal with this. But it is in front of us and we will deal with it,” says the mayor.