Proof that the world recession isn’t wholly a bad thing.
The City fathers of Key West, Florida are “considering whether or not to allow nude bathing at one of their beaches”, citing the success of the designated naturist beach at Haulover Beach Park on Miami Beach.
The clincher may be the economic situation. Commissioners point to the success of Haulover and also the increased tourist revenues of nearby Cuba, which has official nudist beaches.
The commissioners hope to put it to the ballot in October. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
There have been lots of rumors going around about the Grand Lido Braco. After an early meeting with management, Aaron & Rhoda Block of NFN Travel International have confirmed the following resort changes!
- Beginning November 1, 2009, Grand Lido Braco will be renamed “Breezes Rio Bueno”.
- The French restaurant will keep the same name and become upscale French/Italian and jackets for men will no longer be required.
- The streetside Italian restaurant will become the “Starlight Grill” offering Mongolian BBQ for dinner and late night snacks.
- The Japanese/Sushi and Reggae Cafe will remain the same.
- Victoria’s Market will offer a buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Room service will only be available for the Au Naturel rooms and the one bedroom rooms on the main side. Room service will come out of the Au Naturel clubhouse which will also offer expanded food service.
- The current liquor offerings will remain the same but may be upgraded on the Au Naturel side at some point.
- The Au Naturel side will remain Au Naturel. There are talks about making the Au Naturel side a separate resort with a unique name and one of the names being discussed is “The Village at Rio Bueno”.
- Management plans to make significant improvements to elevate the amenities and service on the Au Naturel and includes the addition of eight gazebos around the pool area with many more quality umbrellas.
- There may also be a separate hotel manager responsible for the Au Naturel side.
Management’s goal is to take the Au Naturel side to another level and to be recognized world wide as the premiere resort for Au Naturel vacations.
Grand Lido Braco
Hi, I’m back
It’s been some time since I last posted anything to my blog.
I’ve been so involved in updating and publishing the new edition of my book
Nudism and Naturism Guide cover
“The Complete Guide to Nudism & Naturism” ( ISBN-13: 978-0385491679) plus taking a two week Mediterranean cruise that for the first quarter of this year I’ve been virtually incommunicado.
Anyway, the book’s published, the vacation is over, and I’m here back in the harness.
Not too much to report on the nudist front though: the news in the UK is dominated by swine flu and the scandal of MP’s expenses: the first issue is potentially too alarming and the other is just too shabby for even me to put a nudist swing on.
One thing did catch my eye, though.
According to Herald.ie, an Irish website, online bookers Hotels.com have nominated two Irish beaches amongst the world’s top ten nudist beaches. I have to say that I’ve been unable to find any reference to this on hotels.com website, but I hope it’s true, as one of the beaches is the delightfully named “Inch Beach”!
Must be the cold!
See the article here.
Neatly following on from my previous post “Can we have our Nudist back please” comes news that night-clubs on the Cap d’Agde “nudist” complex have been torched, allegedly by genuine naturists who have become incensed at the antics of the échangistes, or swingers, who they feel are taking over the resort.
Cap d’ Agde has always enjoyed a reputation for a certain raciness, but it seems that the sexual licence has gone too far. Whatever the motive and whoever is responsible for the arson attacks, if that is what they were, it is clear that once again genuine naturists fear that their traditional haunts are being stolen from them by groups with a more sexual agenda. ( See here also).
However, the swinging set tend to be younger and more free-spending. Clubs and resorts are commercial ventures, and can’t be blamed for trying to maximise profits.
Maybe the time has come to draw a line in the sand, to “give us back our nudist”. Maybe the INF (International Naturist Federation) should bestow an “INF Approved” certification on clubs and other entities which meet agreed nudist standards, and withhold it from those that don’t. This would go someway to distinguishing between genuine nudists and the so called “nudists” with a sexual agenda, and be a clear signal that we were trying to put space between us. At least it might force the more dubious “nudist” groups, clubs and resorts to reveal where their true interests lie.
One caveat though. Genuine naturists don’t tend to be big spenders and good quality nudist resources are expensive to build and maintain. Many successful clubs and resorts have been subsidised for years by a discreetly risqué minority, but an “Approved ” certification would put a stop to this. It would be up to us genuine naturists to dig into our pockets to support them. Use them or lose them.
Are we up to it?
Arianne Cohen’s highly entertaining account of her night at a private, all-nude New York dinner party.
NFN Travel has organized a Mediterranean tour that begins in Nice, France and ends in Cap d’Agde, the Naked City with visits in between to Monte Carlo, Monaco. The tour will be hosted by the congenial Paul and Claudine who have many years experience hosting Mediterranean tours.
The dates are July 14 – 25, 2009 For Bookings or more information go to NFN Travel, click on the “home” tab and select the Cap d’Agde link
Read my impressions of Cap d’Agde on this post.
Kate Rew reveals her top 10 places to take off all your clothes and go skinny dipping in the UK – and invites suggestions for more.
10 top places to skinny dip
According to The Tampa Tribune, nudist residents at the upscale Caliente Nudist Resort are up in arms over a new marketing strategy to attract “swingers” to the resort.
Until its recent suspension by the American Association for Nude Recreation, Caliente had an excellent reputation as a family-friendly nudist resort, and residents are concerned that the progress made trying to convince others that nudism has nothing to do with sex will be now be fatally undermined by the new direction.
We’ve long campaigned for a distinction between sex and nudism and can indentify with their point of view.
On the other hand, we’ve also campaigned long and hard for the provision of top-class facilities for nudists, and to their credit, the Caliente management have been prepared to make the enormous financial commitment to provide and maintain just such a high-standard resource. However, simple economics require that such a commitment is matched by a generous level of spending by the guests and residents, and if this isn’t forthcoming the management are faced with the choice of looking elsewhere for revenue, ( and the “swinger” element tends to be younger and more free with their cash), or closing the resort down.
There are many who believe that the nudist way of life is incompatible with a self-indulgent lifestyle, and they may have a point. But the resort companies are not charities. They will only provide great facilities if we nudists are prepared to pay for them. So we must use them or lose them. The choice is ours.