Gaviota meeting suggests that changes are statewide – not limited to just one park

Naturists on seashores are the ones who are impacted. It’s not a scenario that can be solved by offering an on-line “meetup group” at One Beach as a substitute for bottoms in the sand through the state.
Released by: Naturist Education Foundation, The Unclothed & Natural Newsletter – September 2011 variant
GAVIOTA STATE PARK, California – In a particularly distressing recent incident at Gaviota State Park, a California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) ranger hadn’t only issued a citation for nudity a citation for nudity on the beach, he accompanied the ticket with a derisive talking to about the moral depravity of individuals who choose to be nude.
The gratuitous dressing down got the attention of Dennis Craig Smith. A well known writer and long time naturist, Smith heads Friends of Gaviota and is an Area Representative for the Naturist Action Committee. Smith politely asked for a meeting with the DPR management responsible for Gaviota.
Dennis Craig Smith, Place Rep.
Such local assemblies, formal and otherwise, haven’t been uncommon. Just a little more than this past year, on July 1, 2010, Smith and several Friends of Gaviota members had met with Daniel Lee Falat, Superintendent for Gaviota State Park, Refugio State Beach, and El Capitan State Beach, and with DPR’s Channel Islands District Superintendent Richard Charles Rozzelle. At that meeting, Falat said that his rangers would continue following protocol that was predicated on the Rich Rozzelle Dan Falat Dennis Craig Smith, NAC Area Rep. Cahill Policy. That longstanding DPR policy accepted nudity, unless a complaint was made. In the event of a grievance, an established process allowed for the timely mitigation of “user conflict,” and the following restoration of personal freedoms for individuals who choose nudity.
Rich Rozzelle
Having been set in place in 1979 by former DPR Director Russell Cahill, the Cahill Policy let a defective but powerful means of managing for clothes-optional recreation in units of the State Park system. However, when DPR Director Ruth Coleman signed a directive that terminated Cahill at San Onofre State Beach in 2008, the Parks Department was left with no statewide policy regarding clothing optional recreation. While one national nudist organization expressed the notion that Cahill would remain in force at California state parks which weren’t named San Onofre, most naturists comprehended that dream to be neither credible nor practical.
Dan Falat
Both Parks Department workers revealed no unwillingness in exhibiting Falat’s assurance from a year ago as the outright untruth it’d become.
After the meeting, Smith sent an e mail to members of Friends of Gaviota. “I do wish I ‘d better news to report after our meeting with Rich Rozzelle and Dan Falat,” he wrote.
Smith continued: “The mantra was: the Cahill Policy is dead, and on state park property.’ For decades we appreciated hassle free clothes discretionary use and this seems to be on the verge of being a true thing of . They’ve closed Trail #6 at San Onofre State Beach to nudity, and it appears clear they’re intent on doing it on all the other nudist beaches in the state.”
A major goal of the meeting was to register anxiety and indignation at the combative and officious manner in which the ranger had addressed the beachgoers to whom he was giving nudity citations. Smith reports that upon mention of the ranger’s demeaning morality lecture, “the disposition of the officials turned hostile rapidly, and we were accused of ‘slandering’ their officers.” Smith says that Rozzelle and Falat characterized naturists as “being the ones who have been abusive and ill-mannered to the park employees, who are only doing their duty.'”
Smith reminded Falat and Rozzelle of the concerted efforts in which Friends of Gaviota have participated over the years by sticking up for proper standards of conduct on the strand and by arranging plage cleanups [NAC Newsletter, August, 2011]. Superintendent Falat dismissed the good works with a result that directly compared naturists to felons, saying: “If twenty cocaine users on a strand save a drowning man, we’ll still detain em all”
Who is slandering whom?
NAC board member Allen Baylis points out that it was DPR itself that made naturists into criminals. On one day, naturists were enjoying State Park shores lawfully, under the Cahill Policy. But by the following day, California Parks Director Ruth Coleman – a bureaucrat elected by no one – had signed a piece of paper rescinding the Cahill Policy. Unexpectedly, naturists in State Parks through the state were offenders.
Ticketing for nudity isn’t being confined to San Onofre nude beach and Gaviota. Citations also have been given by DPR rangers at Garrapata State Park in Monterey County and Lake Perris State Recreation Area in Riverside County. Still, those who recently accepted the DPR fiction the Cahill Policy would remain honored outside of San Onofre are now expected to embrace DPR’s next “endeavor.”
“One Beach” is not just the name of an internet film that’s being sponsored by a vintner. It’s the working title of a DPR scheme to close all state parks to clothes-optional use – except for only ONE BEACH. Because the established nudist user group at that special strand doesn’t accept the new anti-nudity policy through the state, DPR and its accomplice are looking to an online “meetup group” as a substitute.
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