Nude beach: Nudists aim to break skinny dip record at Blind Creek Beach, St. Lucie County

Mark your calendars for possibly the most nude people swimming together, in one place, at one time, on the Treasure Coast.
The Treasure Coast Naturists organized their annual skinny dipping event at Blind Creek Beach in St. Lucie County on July 10 in an attempt to break last year's record of 431 people skinny dipping there at the same time, according to the nonprofit organization, which is a lifestyle promotes without clothes.
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The world record for the largest skinny dip was set by 2,505 women in Ireland in June 2018, according to Guinness World Records.
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The nude beach is one of only three in Florida, according to Visit Florida, the state's official tourism marketing company. The other two are Haulover Beach in Miami and the Cape Canaveral Seashore — specifically Apollo Beach in Volusia County and Playalinda Beach in Titusville, not Brevard County, where nudity is prohibited.
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Blind Creek is north of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant. It became a clothing-optional beach in June 2020, when the county commission designated 36 acres of beach within the 408-acre park as clothing-optional.
The action meant the county became responsible for installing and maintaining signs informing the public of the nude beach and paying for the toilets. There are portable restrooms and a covered picnic table, but no paved parking or other amenities.
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For about a year, the county has been working on permitting a bathroom, showers, paved parking lot and driveway after obtaining approval from multiple state agencies, said Summer Ivey-Platt, parks and special facilities manager. Officials cannot estimate when the permit and project will be completed.
Before the county recognized Blind Creek as a nude beach, Treasure Coast Naturists had maintained it as such since 2014.
The nonprofit originally named Friends of Blind Creek Beach promotes this etiquette:
Apply the golden rule. Your nude beach demeanor should be the same as your textile world demeanor. Practice politeness and consideration.
Respect the privacy of others. If there is a lot of space, then give people a respectable distance. Recognize when you are unwanted.
Never walk on the dunes. Respect wildlife and environmentally hazardous areas. Some places were never meant for humans.
Avoid endangering the natural habitat with fire, pollution, or even potentially dangerous food.
Sexual activity in public is inappropriate and illegal. Your beach neighbors can call 911 when reckless people violate the ban on indecency.
Keep the beach clean and remove your rubbish. Pass through cigarette butts. Pack it up, unpack it, and leave only footprints.
No glass containers on the beach. Bring shatterproof containers. Practice security.
Pets are not allowed on the beach.
Refrain from creating noise pollution. Use headphones or keep the radio volume down.
Exercise courtesy with cameras. Do not photograph people without their permission. Practice politeness by asking first. Never photograph children other than your own.
Gazing is impolite, just like in clothed society. Refrain from this rude behavior.
Get dressed before leaving nudist beaches. The parking lot and walking trail are for the dressed.
You are encouraged to walk along the coast where you will avoid kicking up sand as you pass others.
thin dip
When: Noon, Sunday 10 July
Where: Blind Creek Beach, 5460 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce
Website: Treasurecoastnaturists.org
Social media: facebook.com/TreasureCoastNaturists
Laurie K. Blandford is an entertainment reporter and columnist at TCPalm, dedicated to finding the best things to do on the Treasure Coast. Follow her on Twitter @TCPalmLaurie and Facebook @TCPalmLaurie. Email her at laurie.blandford@tcpalm.com. Sign up for their weekly What To Do in 772 newsletter at profile.tcpalm.com/newsletters/manage.
This article originally appeared in Treasure Coast newspapers: Nudist Beach: Nudists Try to Break Florida Record for Nude Diving

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