Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove not affected by National Parks public nudity ban

"Community beaches—including those in front of the Pines and Cherry Grove—will not be affected by this."
February 28, 2013

The gay blogosphere freaked out yesterday after the National Parks Service released a statement saying that they planned on enforcing state laws banning public nudity on Fire Island this summer. Turns out, the uproar over a possible tanline-filled summer was for naught.

Courtesy of FIP Ventures, we're told that the Chief Ranger of the Fire Island National Seashore, Lena B. Koschmann, says that some of the beaches on the island would not be affected by the new policy.

“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.”

Koschmann went on to clarify the role that law enforcement would have in other areas of the island, including the Meatrack.

“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. Use and compliance will be monitored throughout the park, with additional measures being taken as necessary.  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.”

You've been warned, gays. But looks like you can still pack that bottle of high-SPF suntan lotion this summer at least.

The areas that will be affected by the new enforcement include Lighthouse beach, the Sailors Haven tract from Point O' Woods to Cherry Grove, a half mile on either side of the Barrett Beach lifeguard stand, a mile on either side of the Watch Hill lifeguard stand and from the Wilderness Visitor Center to the breach at Old Inlet.