Nude sunbathing banned on Fire IslandPosted: Updated:
Modesty is returning to Fire Island as authorities announce plans to ban nude sunbathing on the 32-mile-long barrier island off Long Island this summer.
Newsday reported Tuesday that Fire Island National Seashore authorities will start enforcing laws banning the decades-long practice.
Fire Island chief ranger Lena Koschmann told the newspaper there's been an increase in complaints and observations of sex, masturbation and prostitution, especially on the popular Lighthouse Beach.
She says there's now a party atmosphere with DJs and music and drinking at the beach, which has no lifeguards, bathrooms or trash cans. She also says Sandy storm-damaged dunes no longer obstruct the view from tourists visiting the lighthouse.
Koschmann said violators could face 6 months in jail and up to $5,000 in fines.
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