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Nude bathing stripped from state beaches

October 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
In a battle that began in Orange County, California's highest court Thursday upheld a ban on nude sunbathing at state beaches.The lawsuit was sparked by a crackdown on nudity on a stretch of sand at San Onofre State Beach traditionally considered a clothing-optional area.

Officials said they decided to enforce the ban because beach nudity is illegal and unfair to others who want to use the beach.

But nude sunbathers rejected the reasons for the crackdown, saying the stretch of beach in question is out of the way.

They decided to sue.

A lower court ruled last year that authorities have the right to ticket nude beachgoers. Thursday, the California Supreme Court essentially upheld the ruling by denying to review the case.

AP contributed to this report.