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Authorities Cut Down Days of Wisconsin Nude Beach Because of Sex, Drugs

| by Michael Allen

Wisconsin's state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reducing the operating days for Mazomanie Beach, a popular nude beach, in an effort to stop public sexual activity and drug use.

According to the Associated Press, the DNR ordered Mazomanie Beach and its nearby islands and wooded areas to be closed on weekdays.

One nudist advocate group, the Naturist Action Committee, criticized the DNR for not consulting regular beachgoers first.

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

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the reduced hours will be in effect through September 15. The beach will remain open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.

“Our goal is to have everybody feel safe and comfortable,” said Nate Kroeplin, a supervising conservation warden at DNR’s office in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sources; Associated Press and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel