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I bet the online beach cams will be busy.

 

(from fox news)

 

 

ASBURY PARK, N.J. - Once among the top seaside resorts on the East Coast, Asbury Park is keeping abreast of vacationers' changing tastes: It is considering letting women go topless on a city beach.

 

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But unlike other secluded nude beaches in the Garden State, this one could be right in your face, with the boardwalk offering a prime view that some parents might not want junior to see.

 

The city council is considering a request from Reggie Flimlin, an Asbury Park woman who owns a yoga studio, to allow women to decide for themselves whether they want to wear bikini tops on the beach. She says it's already happening on less populated beaches in the city's north end.

 

"A lot of women are just organically deciding they want to sunbathe without their top," she said. "That's great, that's fine, and I have no problem with it."

 

The 48-year-old city resident has lived and sunbathed topless in Europe and Miami, where such conduct is paid little mind.

 

"Being at the beach without a top is a choice I make," said Flimlin, 48.

 

She said Asbury Park, with its thriving gay and lesbian community and its wildly diverse ethnic and racial population, has long been progressive.

 

"Asbury has always prided itself as having an open mind and being accepting and welcoming to a lot of different cultures and lifestyle choices," she said. "If not in Asbury Park, where else in New Jersey would a woman have the right to choose whether or not she has to wear a bathing suit top?"

 

Right now, that would be Gunnison Beach on Sandy Hook, part of the federal Gateway National Recreational Area, where total nude bathing is permitted. Higbee Beach, a Cape May County beach that once permitted nude bathing now no longer does due to problems with sexual activity in the dunes and parking lot.

 

That's the kind of thing that has some folks here worried as well. Phil Mansfield, 23, has been a lifeguard on Asbury Park's beaches for the past four years. He's seen the number of families increase each year as the resort makes a comeback from decades of decay.

 

"If it becomes a topless beach, those families might stop coming," he said. "People from the city might come, but I think the local families might stop coming."

 

There is no state law banning topless bathing. The state Attorney General's Office says it is up to local communities to decide through their own ordinances what level or dress - or lack thereof - is acceptable on the sand.

 

James Famularo, Asbury Park's assistant city manager, said the idea was not dismissed out of hand when it was suggested last week. The problem, he said, is finding a suitable location.

 

The city's most popular beaches are wide enough to accommodate beachgoers, but narrow enough so that people strolling on the boardwalk can see all the way to the water. One suggestion would use an isolated beach near Eighth Avenue, away from the crowd and blocked at least partially by a rolling sand dune.

 

The problem: a 26-story senior citizen high-rise apartment building looking down on the sand. The city council is to give the mater further consideration on July 7.

 

In the early and mid 20th century, Asbury Park was a thriving seaside resort. It once was such a part of the national popular culture that it was referenced on "The Honeymooners" TV show, when Alice mocked Ralph Kramden for investing in "that uranium field in Asbury Park." And rock legend Bruce Springsteen cut his musical teeth here.

 

But the advent of air travel put more exotic beaches within easier reach of most Americans. White flight and poverty following the 1960s left Asbury Park gasping for air.

 

During the last decade, a renaissance has taken hold, led by an expanding gay community and a widening embrace of the city's diversity.

 

Ryan Matthews, a 27-year-old surfer, says women should be allowed to decide for themselves what to wear to the beach.

 

"I think people in the U.S. are way too conservative," he said. "I don't think it would matter one way or another. It's totally not a big deal."

 

And Flimlin feels a city-sanctioned topless beach would put Asbury Park back on the map again.

 

"It would make Asbury even more desirable," she said. "It's already nice and edgy now."

 

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how do you decide 'organically' anything?? headscratch.gif

"A lot of women are just organically deciding they want to sunbathe without their top," she said. "That's great, that's fine, and I have no problem with it."

maybe eebs is looking to spend his honeymoon there

She said Asbury Park, with its thriving gay and lesbian community

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View PostAny of these topless beaches near the pope's place? cwm40.gif

 

Asbury is about 4 1/2 minutes away...and you gotta pass Toad's place on the way, he's an expert on topless stuff icon14.gif

 

 

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View PostAsbury is about 4 1/2 minutes away...and you gotta pass Toad's place on the way, he's an expert on topless stuff icon14.gif

 

 

TimS

 

 

Otter's my agent in that territory.

 

Is he aware of all this?

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View PostOtter's my agent in that territory.

 

 

Is he aware of all this?

 

Otter is aware of everything...even stuff you and I would never notice, consider or contemplate icon14.gif

 

 

TimS

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they're boobs. what's the big deal. Most of the guys on SOL have boobs. The offensive, hairy kind. There's no ordinance keeping fat hairy guys boobs hidden by a shirt, why make possibly nice boobs have to be kept under a shirt?

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while i agree with caper on this I also think its a long time in comming. Americans need to stop thinking about sex and the female body as something to be ashamed of. maybe if we did there would be so much less abnormal behavior out there.

 

think of it like drinking. in most countries where drinking is not considered bad most kids learn about it from their parrents and even join them for wine or beer with dinner or on the weekend so there are much less cases of binge drinking deaths of teenagers as there is here in the US.

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