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NUDE NEW YEAR’S EVENT IS WORLD-WIDE HIT!
Media only: for info or interviews contact Shirley Mason at 866-29-BEACH or by email. For high-resolution event photos, contact Michael Kush by email.
January 4, 2010 — Haulover Beach (Miami Beach), Florida
What’s the most extreme way to celebrate New Year’s Eve? According to Trip Advisor, it’s shucking your clothes under a full moon on the beach. Trip Advisor comments
And that’s exactly what a couple hundred of nudist/naturists from all around North America paid to do on New Year’s Eve 2009 at the clothing-optional section of Haulover Beach, (Miami Beach) Florida.
The event, which actually spanned three days, was sponsored and promoted by B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation Institute, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit community-based Program Partner with Miami-Dade Parks at Haulover Beach Park. B.E.A.C.H.E.S. raises funds doing similar events and at its mini-concession at Haulover Beach in order to provide needed capital improvements, programming and amenities for public beaches.
All the senses were satisfied at this event. The celebration began with six professional drummers leading the group drum circle around the multiple bonfires while fire twirlers did thrilling fire-breathing performances entertaining the guests. A sumptuous clambake dinner with all the trimmings and a full bar filled that desire. A casino dealer taught card games, card tricks and told jokes for those with that interest. The DJ spinned hits of yesteryear, while guests danced well into the night.
The big question mark, of course, was the weather. Florida in winter is known for its occasional cold fronts sent down from up north, and nudists react naturally to them by—you guessed it—putting on clothes. But Mother Nature came through beautifully with an 81- degree day and balmy 67-degree overnight weather under a full “blue” moon reflecting on the calm Atlantic waters.
The setting was completed with dozens of tiki torches scattered throughout the beach and makeshift tent city, and lots of icicle Christmas lights adorning the chickee huts and canopies. Attendees enjoyed a champagne toast at midnight, watched fireworks from area cities and roasted marshmallows to make S’mores. As all their vehicles were locked safely in the parking lot, there was no “drinking and driving”—all were safely tucked in their sleeping bags by about 2 am.
Being the first “overnight” event held on the beach, park officials were understandably concerned that such a party had the possibility of getting out of hand. They needn’t have worried because the report by off-duty police officers hired for the event indicated no incidents of any kind all night long. And the naturists abided faithfully by their adopted “Naturist Etiquette”, which spells out specifically about appropriate behavior on a public beach. Over the 18 years naturists have held events at Haulover, there has never been one problem.
The event continued on New Year’s Day with a full breakfast and mimosas. There were professional massage therapists with both tables and chairs available all day, meditation and a tai chi workshop took place in the morning. The regular beach crowd mixed in well and danced to more DJ music.
On January 2nd the day was sunny but a quite a bit chillier conditions delayed the opening of the Continental breakfast and bar. Event participants and beach-goers found the hot-buttered rum as the featured drink of the day quite a welcome treat.
Many kind comments have been received from participants, some of which are posted on the right along with photos.
B.E.A.C.H.E.S.' Executive Director and "Mother of Haulover Beach" Shirley Mason remarks:
“Floridians have taken their beaches for granted and don’t realize that it is our beaches with the warm waters and sunshine that is the draw for tourists. Skinny-dippers are a huge untapped recreational market who will come and enjoy our beaches and spend their travel dollars to boost Florida’s economy if a few designated miles are provided for their use. It’s a recreational choice and the same as designating golf courses, marinas and tennis courts.”
“I have enjoyed seeing Haulover’s clothing optional beach provide millions of people this innocent pleasure over its 18 year history -- and knowing that it has brought an average of 900 million tourism dollars each year to this community over the past ten years has been a source of personal accomplishment for the place I call home.”
"When we heard about the inaugural New Year’s Eve camp-out & party at Haulover Beach we knew we had to find a way to get there. Three months of planning and 2,150 miles of driving later we found ourselves ‘back home’ on one of our favorite pieces of land on the planet. We were not disappointed either. A big ‘Thank-you!’ goes out to the planners of the event. We enjoyed every detail - right down to the weather that was perfect for a couple of cold-blooded Coloradans” —Tammi Mayfield and Steve Leady (Denver, CO)