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"LOVE THE SKIN YOU'RE IN"Feb. 20–22, 2009

We would like to thank our co-sponsors and vendors for their participation in this fundraising event to assist B.E.A.C.H.E.S. in working toward Haulover Beach capital improvements and programming, including its Handicapped Accessibility, Sunshine Health Literacy, and Save Our (Naturist) Beaches projects:

View photos by:   

Mark Orpen    Ed Weber      Frank Wendeln




Sponsor and vendor details:

The Naturist Society  (Guest of Honor)
The mission of The Naturist Society is to promote a culture of body acceptance through clothing-optional recreation using the tools of education and community outreach. TNS celebrates the nude human form as inherently wholesome and natural; TNS promotes attitudes of tolerance and respect toward the body, and rejects the exploitation of the body for commercial or sexual purposes. TNS views clothing-optional recreation as essential to body acceptance. Through clothing-optional recreation, participants, be they individuals, couples or families, learn to appreciate the diversity of body types, gain a better understanding and acceptance of their own bodies, and reap the social, psychological and physical benefits of a healthy and natural way of life. The Naturist Society believes the interests of naturists are advanced through education and community outreach. It sponsors several Naturist “Gatherings” and Festivals; publishes “N” Magazine; the guide book, “The World’s Best Nude Beaches & Resorts”; and the nonprofit arms of The Naturist Society, the Naturist Action Committee and Naturist Education Foundation comprise TNS’ activist core who are overseen by board members who are democratically elected by the membership of TNS. ° PO. Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903 ° 800-886-7230 ° www.naturistsociety.com

B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation Institute  (Sponsor)
Beach Education Advocates for Culture, Health, Environment & Safety Foundation Institute, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt educational community based organization. B.E.A.C.H.E.S.'s four goals for our public beaches are explicit in its name: cultural diversity, public health, environmental conservation, and beach safety. While within the context of cultural diversity, B.E.A.C.H.E.S. is a strong advocate for designated public beaches for an equitable shared usage of beach resources by all user groups, insofar as a particular usage is not in conflict with the four goals of the Foundation. To achieve these ends, B.E.A.C.H.E.S. aims at establishing amicable and mutually beneficial working partnerships with government, business, and the public. Established in 1999, B.E.A.C.H.E.S. has an 11-member international Board of Governors; a 32-member Professional Advisory Council; 4 Chapters; and 9 affiliated national and international naturist organizations worldwide. One of its goals is to help establish strong mentoring member-based Chapter groups at all 29 traditional clothing-optional public beach sites throughout North America. Today, B.E.A.C.H.E.S. represents the interests of approximately 6 million skinny-dippers who regularly use these sites each year. ° 866-29-BEACH ° www.beachesfoundation.org

Castaways Travel  (Co-sponsor)
Castaways Travel has been a leader in clothing-optional, nude and adult vacations since 1984. Browse the main areas of the web site: Destinations, Cruises, the Newsletter, and the Group Trips section. The owners, Donna and Jim, and staff of Castaways have personally visited virtually every destination featured in the website, especially those included in the Resort Report section and can provide you with SOLID TRAVEL ADVICE you won't find anywhere else. Why? “Because we've been there!” When you decide when and where to go... please contact us for more adventure advice, skilled travel counselors and your one stop for all your travel arrangements. ° 800-470-2020 ° www.castawaystravel.com

Note: Castaways Travel with Hidden Beach co-sponsored B.E.A.C.H.E.S.’ replacement concession trailer after learning that its trailer was stolen in Sept. 08. The beautiful graphic of Hidden Beach Resort with travel reservations through Castaways Travel, can be seen on B.E.A.C.H.E.S.’ trailer.

Hidden Beach Resort au naturel Club  (Co-sponsor)
Was created for uninhibited vacationing. It is the only luxurious all-inclusive nudist resort in the Mexican Caribbean. Consisting of 42 beachfront suites, it is a secluded adults only boutique resort, perfect for couples and singles alike. Located just one hour south of Cancun Airport, Hidden Beach Resort lies on a stretch of white sand beach offering spectacular vistas of the Mexican Caribbean Sea. It offers signature services such as personalized check-in with a welcome glass of champagne or the exclusive concierge service with charming architecture and an ever-friendly staff eager to delight its guests, to create an atmosphere of understated luxury. www.hiddenbeachresort.com ° 888-754-3907

Paradise Lakes Clothing-optional Resort  (Co-sponsor)
Paradise Lakes, located 20 miles north of Tampa, is a 72 acre luxury resort known worldwide as North America's premier clothing-optional resort. Amenities include poolside hotel rooms, fine dining in PL Hemingway’s Restaurant, 2 water volleyball pools, 5 tennis courts, hot tub, Key West poolside bar, a rocking nightclub, gym, day spa and boutique. We do encourage visitors to become members, but you can visit, even stay in the hotel without a membership. To encourage first time visitors, download a free day pass (for ladies and couples only) at www.paradiselakes.com/pass.htm. When you visit, just bring your ID, towels and a smile. 2001 Brinson Road, Lutz, FL 33558 ° 813-949-9327 ° www.paradiselakes.com

Educating Hands School of Massage  (Vendor)
"Inspiring...Transforming...Empowering...Real...Fulfilling...Profound..." This is what some of our students have said about their experience at Educating Hands. As a Graduate of Educating Hands School of Massage, you will... *Develop your own personal signature style of massage * Learn to trust your innate ability and massage intuition * Explore the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual qualities of yourself and others * Sense, think and respond to the unique "in the moment” needs of your massage clients * Acquire essential practical and business skills to establish a successful career in Massage Therapy * Benefit from the high standing our massage therapy graduates have among employers ° 120 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130 ° 800-999-6991 ° www.EducatingHands.com

Garden Eat'in Vegen Restaurant  (Vendor)
Est. 2004. We offer healthy, high quality vegan meals with a tasty Caribbean flare to delight and please our customers. Remember your last visit to the island? The sounds, the peace and tranquility!! Escape to the islands anytime you want right here, right now, in the center of Miami. Visit Garden of Eatʼin for a healthy island experience featuring meals with no compromise, no animal by-products, organic when available. ° 136 NE 62nd St. ° Miami, Fl 33150 ° (305)754-8050 ° www.gardeneatin.com

South Florida Free Beaches  (B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Chapter)
Established in 1980, South Florida Free Beaches is committed to actively representing Naturism and nude recreation to government, business and civic leaders; to preserving public beaches and park lands for all citizens; and to lobbying for the position that a portion of such public lands should be designated for clothing-optional use — just as other portions of public lands are designated for the use of golfers, boaters, tennis players and the like. In July 1991, SFFB self-designated the northern section of Haulover Beach as a Naturist family beach. Since then, it has fought to keep this beach clothing-optional by maintaining a presence on the beach through its Beach Ambassador Program, numerous meetings educating local government, business and civic leaders, and maintaining a full-time lobbyist in Tallahassee. The result: Haulover is widely recognized as one of the cleanest, safest and most popular beaches in North America. SFFB/FNA, a not-for-profit corporation, relies on the support of our sponsors and donors to continue its ongoing mission. ° P.O. Box 530306, Miami, FL 33153 ° www.sffb.com

Tuna's Waterfront Raw Bar & Grille  (Vendor)
Following a day relaxing at Haulover Beach, try a cool new place to further unwind and dine -- indoors or out on the patio next to Greynolds Park among the tropical woods of South Florida. You are cordially invited to the re-opening of the totally new Tuna’s with new owners -- great staff. Over 35 years in the restaurant business, famous for our Giant Maine and Florida lobsters and our fresh fish right off the boat -- Sushi & Steaks -- Early Bird, 4 PM - 6:30 PM -- Late Nite, 11 PM - 2 AM ° 17850 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach 33160 ° 305-932-0631 ° www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com

Under-the-Sun Fashions  (Vendor)
Under the Sun was established in the late 1980's by Renee Christian and Tom Thielges. The boutique specializes in "clothing for the free spirit". The fact that they have been doing this successfully for over 20 years is, in itself, a testament to their ability to continuously change the styles of clothing in the store to meet the needs of their many repeat clients. During the summer months, they take their mobile boutique on the road to various resorts around the country. Due to a fire in July of 2007, the store was rearranged and restocked with even more unique and "one of a kind" clothing and accessories. In an effort to continue this constant reinvention of their store, they are now carrying more and more clothing that can be worn by everyone who enjoys comfort and style. "We hope that everyone that visits our website will find clothing that makes them feel special,” says Tom and Renee. 1703 Dale Mabry Hwy, Lutz, FL ° 813-949-2693 ° www.underthesunnude.com


Special thanks to:

The service, products, talent and skills of the numerous volunteers and businesses were invaluable to this event. It’s always been a selfless community effort to improve this facility and preserve Haulover’s legal nude status. Let’s show our appreciation by supporting them.


Club Orient, St. Martin
Bare Oaks Naturist Park, Ontario
Newport Beachside Resort, Sunny Isles Beach
Sunsport Gardens Naturist Resort
Kaufman Towels (terry robe and lounge chair towel)
Lorne Salzer (doll house, aqua aerobics)
Ed Weber (framed art)


Annette Almanza  •  email
Mel King  •  email
Paul Paula  •  email


Newport Pelican Pier Restaurant •  305-945-9228
Bobby Hoadley (Proprietor); Rosemary and Mark


DJ: Bill Nichols  •  561-847-5627  •  email
African Drum Artist: Saido Ba’  •  305-986-9379
Elvis Impersonator: Adam Levy
Musical Coordinator: Benny Levy
Body Painting by Carl Flick


Ocean Potion


Consolidated Carbonic (dry ice) Miami •  305-633-7449
Café Azul (Haulover Boat Ramp Marina) •  305-944-1415


Tropicana Condo unit owners:
Mr/Mrs. Jeffrey, Mr./Mrs. Mitchell

View Mark Orpen event photo album

View Ed Weber event photo album

Photo by Frank Wendeln