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Nude Beach In Wisconsin Shut Down Because Of Inability To Control Sex and Drug Use

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One of the nation’s most popular nude beaches, located in Wisconsin, is about to be shut down because authorities aren't able to restrict sex from being had and drugs from being sold on it.

Mazomanie beach is located on the Wisconsin River about 25 miles northwest of Madison, and first became popular when word got out that prosecutors in Dane County, known for being ultra-liberal, wouldn’t go after any one who wanted to attend the beach nude. Nudists who attend the beach, however, have taken advantage of the county’s liberal allowances and have been using areas surrounding the beach for sex and drug use.

Authorities haven’t been able to put an end to the activities and the State Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday it will close the beach and the islands and woods to the public on weekdays, effective immediately.

Even though the closure seems reasonable, the executive director of the Austin, Texas-based Naturist Action Committee Bob Morton criticized the DNR for not consulting beachgoers before closing the area.

“Honestly, we’re on their side when it comes to enforcing things that are lewd and lascivious,” Morton said. “There’s something to be said about consulting the users of the place. There’s got to be more to this somewhere.”

The Naturist Action Committee lobbies on behalf of nudists.

The DNR defended their actions, saying that wardens reviewed data on citations and determined that most violations on the beach happened on weekdays, according to Nate Kroeplin, who supervises DNR law enforcement in Dane County.

The area is to remain open on weekends from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to The Oregonian.

“Obviously we’re disappointed when we have to shut any portion of our property down, “Kroeplin said. “But our ultimate goal is to have a safe place anybody can feel comfortable using. And with the current activity going on there, that’s just not the case.”

The DNR purchased the area in 1949 in an effort to open up more land for public hunting, fishing and recreation. The beach quickly became a popular spot for nudists when the overwhelming number of local prosecutors claimed that naked people have to cause some sort of disturbance before they can be prosecuted.

Regardless, arrests for sex and drugs around the beach reached a five-year high in 2011 when wardens arrested 26 people for sex and 16 people for drugs in a short nine days.

Another 70 acres around the beach was shut down last spring, but hasn’t seriously detered any indecent activity.

“It’s pretty incredible to see the amount of traffic that pulls onto the property,” Kroeplin said. “Everything we’ve done has not made any difference."

(Huffington Post, Oregonian)