Dave Armstrong has been lobbying for a nude beach in Delray Beach for eight years. Armstrong said he has been harassed and arrested for indecent exposure, but he said the problems are worth it to be able to go to the beach nude legally.
“I’m a naturist. I’m a nudist. That’s the only form of recreation,” Armstrong told WPBF 25 News. “I feel that because we’re taxpaying citizens that the city should set aside a slice of land for public and nude recreation.”
Armstrong claims he has even received threats on his answering machine “saying that I have seven days to live and stuff like that.”
Delray Beach Vice Mayor Adam Frankel told WPBF 25 News in January that a nude beach does not fit in “with the child-friendly and family-friendly principles we have here.”
Still, Armstrong insists the city is losing money by not catering to naturists and marketing an area that would draw them to the city.
Other beachgoers at the unguarded, dog-friendly north beach said they have heard rumors of nudists coming there, but have never actually seen anyone naked on the beach.
“Somebody told me that they came down here and a lady was tanning topless. That’s the only thing I’ve ever heard about it,” said Jimmy Brogan.
“Personally, being a parent of young kids, probably not what I would prefer,” said Peggy Snyder.