Fire Island's Nude Sunbathing Ban Won't Impact Gay Beaches
By Andrew Belonsky
Don't panic, Fire Island pilgrims, a newly announced enforcement of the ban on nude sunbathing will not effect the community's preferred beaches, Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines.
According to New York City's Next magazine, officials assure them that those beaches fall out of their jurisdiction and that Suffolk County police have no plans on enforcing the oft-ignored prohibition on skin.
"Community beaches—including those in front of the Pines and Cherry Grove—will not be affected by this [enforcement]," said Lena B. Koschmann, Chief Ranger of the Fire Island National Seashore. Those beaches "are policed by the Suffolk County police department, and it is not something they have chosen to enforce in the past.
She went on to discuss a secluded region of the island called, for reasons you can figure out, "The Meatrack," telling the magazine, "The area known as 'the Meatrack' is not a target of our enforcement. We do not plan on focusing our enforcement efforts in that area—however, of course, if people are disobeying the law, including having sex in public or doing drugs, of course we would enforce laws."