What a great, successful trip to Tallahassee representing you! Wearing dress shoes (and a suit!) for the first time in the three years since my retirement, my feet are still aching from all the walking and standing to meet with, and lobby, our state leaders!! But was it ever worth it!!!
On March 14th, a contingency of seven of Florida’s leaders in nude recreation went to Tallahassee on Tourism Day to tout nude recreation in our state. Armed with our recent Economic Impact Study, showing that nude recreation and tourism brings 4.3 billion dollars into Florida’s economy annually, and led by our AANR-FL’s lobbyist Ramon Maury, AANR-FL Board Members Patty Sarver and Jonathan Duffield (also AANR-FL’s GAT Chair), Tampa Area Naturist’s President John Palm, AANR’s Carolyn Hawkins, Cypress Cove’s Jeffrey Baldassare and Steve Vickers, and I, as your regional president, met with legislative leaders and our individual legislators to educate them on the economic value of nude recreation, and to seek their support for our tourism niche and naturist lifestyle here in the Sunshine State. To say the least, our state representatives and senators were quite impressed with our presentations to them and, hopefully, will be mindful of our lifestyle when considering laws that would impact on our naturist activities.
Through our lobbyist, we also planted the seed for a trial exemption at Pinellas County’s Honeymoon Beach to the state park’s bathing suit requirement in an attempt to establish a nude beach area there on our state’s Gulf Coast. Ramon further shared the Economic Impact Study with the Governor’s Office, DEP State Parks Department, Visit Florida, and other state tourism officials. While it will take continued time and efforts to make our goals a reality, nude recreation is getting mainstream attention in our tourist industry and with state leaders.
These are exciting times in our state for nude recreation! I thank you all for your continued support of our efforts to protect and expand your rights as nudists in Florida!! Keep following your AANR-FL’s efforts and progress here on the eFrog and on our website (which we are hoping to totally redesign and make dramatic improvements to this year). Thanks for reading, and have a Sunny Day!
Warmest regards (Naturally!),