Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) staff have put forward a plan to designate Roberts Creek beach clothing optional and alcohol friendly beginning this Summer.
Dr. Apriph Houles, President of the local Sunshine Coast chapter of Nudity is Not a Crime emailed the SCRD last month outlining a series of proposals to update liquor and clothing optional laws on coast beaches starting in Roberts Creek.
“I’m elated! They stripped down many of my originals suggestion however this is a great step forward that I think the community will be happy with.”
Houles sent me a copy of the email which highlighted several key suggestions including
- designating the entire beach clothing optional,
- allowing public consumption of alcohol,
- building designated safe fire pits along the beach
- permitting vendors to sell everything from food, cold drinks, t-shirts to marijuana.
According to a March 17th article in The Province Newspaper “Should you be allowed to drink in public? The provincial government wants to know”
The B.C. government is seeking input from municipalities and police on a little-known — and never used — provision of B.C.’s current liquor laws…
B.C.’s Liquor Control and Licensing Act includes a provision, on the books since the 1970s, letting municipalities designate certain spaces within their jurisdictions “as a place where liquor may be consumed.” But, according to the B.C. government, there is no evidence that provision has been used.
Sunshine Coast Tourism Society President Lowrie McKonnel said “this will cause a huge rise in tourists and rival Vancouver’s Wreck Beach.”
The SCRD staff have stripped down the original proposal to only include designating the far end of Roberts Creek beach as ‘clothing optional’ plus allowing the consumption of alcohol on the entire beach.
“The reality is Roberts Creek beach has always allowed ‘unofficial’ nudity and drinking, this just brings our local laws in line with the rest of the world.”
Nude beaches became popular along the French coast during the 1950’s according to Wikipedia and have since spread around the world.
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