We have been to San Onofre Beach trail 6 at least a couple dozen times over the years. If you frequent the beach enough, you are bound to see some weird shit eventually. Especially past the Marine fence that is technically off limits and is supposed to be considered federal trespassing if ventured past it. Though, it's rarely enforced by the Marines, at least at the time of this post.
Somebody uprooted and made off with the newly planted no nudity sign at the head of trail 6 at San Onofre State Beach recently. Plenty of anti-nudity signs remain including an identical sign right before you head down the hill. Was this the work of retaliating nudists or someone wanting to take a piece of beach controversy home with them? The DPR will probably waste no time getting the sign back up.
NATURIST ACTION COMMITTEE ACTION ALERT
THE CAHILL POLICY
Since 1979, the California Department of Parks and Recreation has operated under a policy put in place by then-DPR Director Russ Cahill. The policy came in the form of a memo issued to senior staff, explaining Cahill's decision not to designate clothing-optional areas in state parks. It also directed that citations for nudity in state parks would only be issued following a complaint and a failure to comply after a subsequent warning.
The policy has been in continuous effect since it was issued. It figured prominently in an important court case ( California v. Bost) and was reaffirmed by CA Parks Deputy Director Jack Harrison in 1988.
Details of the Cahill memo, the Bost case and the Harrison letter are included on the NAC Web site, along with the text of California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 4322, which is the authority under which the Director proposes citing those who are nude at San Onofre.
WHY THE CHANGE NOW?
Naturists are always alert to the negative effect that illicit sexual activity can have on clothing-optional beaches. The regulars at many clothing-optional areas are quite effective at educating and discouraging those who would endanger the beach through sexual activities. At San Onofre, the problem has been diminished greatly in recent years, due in large part to those who really care about continued clothing-optional use of the beach.
The traditional clothing-optional beach at San Onofre is adjacent to Camp Pendleton , a Marine Corps training base. Although those who wander onto the military base are subject to arrest for trespass, the area is lightly patrolled. For those who seek sex in the open, the military beach has become the site of choice, and the razor wire field fencing at the property line has proved to be no obstacle. Naturists have shown reluctance to pursue the scofflaws onto the military base, and State Park Rangers have no authority there.
Recent retirements among those in the CA Parks management team responsible for San Onofre have brought replacements who are intolerant of clothing-optional recreation. Instead of encouraging and allowing the cooperation of naturists in policing illicit activity, Rich Haydon, the new manager who took over at the beginning of this month, has featured the nearby sexual activity in his reports, using it as an excuse to request permission to put an end to recreational nudity at the beach. Haydon has reportedly represented to his superiors that a majority of those who come to enjoy the clothing-optional beach are participants in illicit sex there.
The response from CA Parks headquarters in Sacramento was the revocation of the Cahill Policy as it applies to San Onofre. The Department is reportedly seeking to insulate itself from sexual harassment claims by park employees who have complained recently of a "sexually-charged atmosphere." That sort of complaint is customarily reserved for employer-employee or co-employee interaction, and it inappropriately ignores the fact that State Park rangers are peace officers with a duty to arrest those who engage in illicit activities.
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