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    DATE : February 27, 2015
    SUBJECT: 3-Mile Beach, Penticton, BC
    TO : All naturists and other concerned citizens

    Attention naturists:

    This is an Action Alert from the Naturist Action Committee (NAC), concerning 3-Mile Naturist Beach on Okanagan Lake in Penticton, BC, Canada. In coordination with the local naturist activists of 3-Mile Beach Naturist Committee and other users who are national and international, NAC is requesting you to take specific action by March 2, 2015, via e-mail or telephone, or both. NAC asks that you:

    1) defend 3-Mile Beach, a site for clothing-optional sunbathing and swimming since 1929,
    against a proposed ban on nude sunbathing and swimming that would include a $100 fine
    to be levied against each naked person.

    2) oppose efforts, official and otherwise, to terminate the traditional and historical
    clothing-optional use of 3—Mile Beach.


    On February 2, 2015, a delegation opposed to the clothing-optional use of 3-Mile Beach appeared before Mayor and Council of Penticton, BC, in an attempt to discredit naturists, their friends, and their families at a time when they would least likely be at the beach, and could not be easily mobilized. The adversaries of naturism have been the loudest voice that has been heard on this issue to this point.

    Your participation is urgently needed. The need for public comment on the suggestion for closing the beach in time for next summer is NOW! Your comments must be received immediately so councillors will have them before the Council meeting on the evening of March 2nd. At that meeting, the 3-Mile Naturist Beach Committee will be presenting its opposition to the potential and Staff-recommended, abrupt termination of clothing-optional usage. NAC board member Judy Williams will also be presenting to the Council. Williams has been working closely with 3-Mile Beach naturists and other involved groups, including Metro Vancouver Parks, Federation of Canadian Naturists, International Naturist Federation, naturist business owners, South Florida Free Beaches and B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation.


    Three Mile Beach is located on a point near the outskirts of the city of Penticton and has been known as Penticton's unofficial clothing-optional beach for almost a century. For an expanded narrative, please refer to this NAC Action Alert on the NAC web site.


    NAC recognizes that individual local activists and groups of local activists are essential to grass roots success. The 3-Mile Naturist Beach Committee (3-MNBC) seeks appropriate advisory signage at the top of the stairs at the beach, directing naturists to the clothing-optional/naturist section that exists north along the beach.

    3-MNBC are asking Council to:

    1) Direct staff to allow an informational/advisory sign to be installed at the top
    of the steps leading down to the beach – advising people that they "may encounter
    clothing optional beach use beyond this point." The reverse of that sign should
    ask beach users to wear "appropriate attire beyond this point."

    2) Develop a comprehensive plan for the beach accommodating both textile and naturist
    users. The goal of the process is to produce a plan that is based on and influenced
    by public preferences, existing statutes, administrative codes, scientific data, the
    best capabilities of the resources, and the judgment of resource management
    professionals to address management and recreational issues. Local and regional
    recreational supply, economy and social conditions must also be considered.


    NAC is reaching out to naturists throughout Canada and the United States because many of you outside of British Columbia (and some outside Canada!) have been visitors to 3-Mile Beach. The idea is to let Mayor and Council realize they have many naturists across North America who are watching and listening to what their plans might be for this wondrous little gem of a beach.

    NAC is asking you to take specific action: WRITE TO THESE OFFICIALS

    Mayor Andrew Jakubeit
    [email protected]
    Corporate Officer Dana Schmidt [email protected]

    Please send copies of your email to the following, so that members of the Council have copies as well.

    Councillor Picton <[email protected]>
    Councillor Sentes <[email protected]>
    Councillor Konanz <[email protected]>
    Councillor Martin <[email protected]>
    Councillor Watt <[email protected]>
    Councillor Sayeed <[email protected]>


    The Penticton Mayor and Council are open to hearing from 3-Mile Beach users. Even if you are not a regular user, even if you've been to the beach just one time, it is vital that your voice be heard.

    When you're writing, be polite and concise. Share your personal perspective of the specialness of the beach. Explain how you are a good steward, and how you care for the beach and area. Regulars rake the beach each morning and pick up broken glass occasionally left behind by overnight users. Mention the ways in which you support the local economy as a result of your visits to the beach and its surrounding area (gas, groceries, motels, restaurants, tourist attractions, etc).

    Here are some other simple points you may wish to make:

    1. 3-Mile Beach has been a traditional skinny-dipping location since at least 1929.
    Beyond its use by Native Americans, local field and construction workers skinny-dipped
    in the area. Some current beach users have been skinny-dipping at the beach since the
    1950s. Generations of families enjoy and value the beach, decade after decade.
    You'll find naturists there ranging from newborns to elders in their 90's.

    2. Over the decades, naturist and non-naturist users have, at times, shared neighboring
    sections of beach. At other times, they have used the same section of beach in harmony.
    Other user groups also share the same small piece of sand simultaneously and in harmony.
    It's a great example of a successful multi-user group land management plan.


    You can help the effort by letting us know what you've said. Please send copies of your correspondence to NAC: [email protected]


    You can find additional information, including this NAC Advisory, at or by visiting the NAC web site and clicking on ALERTS.


    The Naturist Action Committee is a nonprofit volunteer adjunct to The Naturist Society, a membership organization. NAC is committed to vigorous activism on behalf of the responsible clothing-optional use of public lands. NAC has no membership roster and receives no dues money. NAC relies entirely on the voluntary financial support of concerned naturists like YOU.

    The essential response to the frightening threat at 3-Mile Beach has already become expensive. Won't you please send a generous donation to NAC?

    PO Box 132
    Oshkosh, WI 54903

    Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 (8AM-4PM, Central Time, weekdays) to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation:

    Thank you for choosing once again to make a difference.

    Judy Williams,
    Board Member
    Naturist Action Committee

    Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
    Executive Director Bob Morton - [email protected]
    Board Member Judy Emily Williams- [email protected]
    Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - [email protected]