affects it may have on those who choose nudity as a lifestyle.
"I think we should just pass this," Sullivan said, adding that the
ordinance proposal has been delayed for too long. "Every meeting we get
comments from the naturalists or the Flamingo Theater [a strip club in
the city], but we need to move forward."
Earlier this month, the council approved the first reading of the
ordinance, which expanded operation hours for sex-oriented businesses,
restricted completely nude dancers to an elevated stage and set a 6-foot
distance between all performers -- clothed or not -- between dancers and
City Atty. Gail Hutton said that while it is discouraging to delay the
ordinance again, it is the better path.
The city, she added, has been speaking with naturists and nudists
concerned about the ordinance's wording that targets public nudity, and
not specifically sex-oriented businesses, as the cause of negative
The proposed ordinance states that public nudity has triggered mob
violence and vandalism around the Huntington Beach Pier in the past, and
can contribute to prostitution and sexual activity when coupled with a
"I think the idea of an ordinance directed at sex-oriented businesses
is a good one," said Allen Baylis, a naturist for 26 years. "But not if
it interferes with our family-oriented lifestyle."
Marianne Handle, a representative of the Naturist Action Committee,
commended the city for proposing the ordinance, adding that it will do
its job when it's complete.
"There is a distinction between nudity and public lewd" and lascivious
behavior, Mayor Dave Garofalo said. "But if life can be as simple as
changing some wording to respect the civil rights of others, we should do