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After the traditiona nude section of the beach's northern half was cleared in 2000, and about a million dollars in upgrades to the beach and the picnic area above, the northern half attracted very few people. The only thing that increased there were gang markings on the walls, police busts for drugs and worse, and people who come during the day to run their dogs, which is technically illegal in the County (but unenforced.)

1. What triggered our movement...

...was an article in Carpinteria's Coastal View newspaper about the deterioration of North Rincon (Bates) Beach in July 2006. Seeing Bates beach was becoming a crime-ridden, vastly under-used public resource. During the Spring and Summer of 2007, we walked the Linden Avenue and Carpinteria Blvd business districts and talked to the local merchants about Bates Beach. We told them about the deterioration during the past 10 years and that we represented the beachgoers who had been chased off in 2000. We were surpised how many fondly remembered the beach and quite a few confessed they used to visit there.

That summer, we launched our first $2 Bill Campaign, where Friends of Bates Beach supporters made a special effort to buy meals and merchandise in Carpinteria. And we paid for everything using $2 bills. Since this currency is not often used, it singled us out and as the bills started being passed around town, it demonstrated the purchasing power of those in support of bringing the beach back as it was. Both we and the merchants agreed Bates Beach was good for business.

The following year, Friends of Bates Beach joined the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce. we went door-to-door through the business district asking if we could distribute coupons for their stores with our literature to Bates beachgoers. Many gave us special discounts so they could track how many customers actually came in off the beach. We did this free of charge to the merchants: we printed the coupons and distributed them ourselves. By the end of 2008, the feedback we got was that the merchants were very pleased with the added business. We had proved that getting people to Bates beach was going to help boost the local economy!

2. Rincon Point Residents Support Our Proposal

This gated community is located at Rincon Point, about three-quarters of a mile to the south of the Bates section of North Rincon Beach. The Ventura-Santa Barbara county line runs right down the middle of the housing tract. Where the water meets the houses is one of the prime surfing spots in all of California. Yet a small group of homeowners there has consistently made trouble for anyone who dared use "their beach." For example, they delayed for years the conversion the area from leaking septic tanks to the county sewer system, costing everyone needless time and money. We were concerned they would not like what we were proposing.

In 2010 we surveyed the residents at the Point. To our pleasant surprise, we received a very supportive reception with 55% saying "yes," they wanted the nudists back. 35% said they “don’t care one way or the other,” and only 10% gave us a negative response. Many said they were very enthusiastic about our plans. This confirmed a newspaper poll conducted by The Santa Barbara Independent, and a more formal Zogby Poll shoing over 80% Support in Santa Barbara County. (Click to read more...)

3. Where We Are Today...

Meetings and Meetings and Meetings...

During the past couple of years, we have taken our ideas to city officials in Carpinteria, to local law enforcement officials, and to the administrative staff of three of the five County Supervisors. We recived encouragement and suggestions from them.

We have been told several times by people in both the Sheriff's Department and District Attorney's office that the beach nudists themselves weren't a problem, in fact they kept the beach clean and safe, it was the "others they attracted to the area" who were the problem. A strange logic because since the nudists left the area has seen a surge in crime statistics.

That is when we came up with the idea for the Beach Ambassador Program, which have been used successfully at several other clothing-optional beaches elsewhere in the country where this objection was once an issue.

We now have a complete proposal for bringing the beach back. We support the building of the Coastal Trail extension to Bates Beach, along with an extension of the bus system one mile to the beach parking lot. This extension will pay for itself by ferrying Trail hikers, beachgoers, and new tourists from Carpinteria's hotels and motels to and from the trail head.

Friends of Bates Beach will organize - at no cost to the city or county - a Beach Watch Ambassador program to make sure the undesireable element is kept away from the beach, while the nudists are allowed to return to the unused northern end of Bates so that the gangs and drug dealers will be forced to go elsewhere.

We already have graduated over a dozen people, ready to begin.

Still, our proposal is controversial to some because part of it involves designating the unused (northern) half of the beach for clothing-optional use. Despite our suggestion to the Sheriff Dept urging lighter enforcement of the current county ordinance at that particular beach so we can save it from the gangs, it now seems the only way our plan willl work is if the current county ordinance is amended to allow this this specific exemption.

Although enforcement of the county ordinance remains a very low priority (deputies only come down to the beach when there is a complaint), tell us we need to amend the law.

Finally, last year, One County Supervisor told us he was willing to support amending the county ordinance so we could accomplish our proposal, but he would not do it until he had tangible proof of local support, not just a poll.

So here is your chance, people! Let your local Carpinteria City Council member know your opinion! Write your Supervisor and tell them you like our Fair Use Proposal and that you will shop more often in Carpinteria as a result! YOU have to make this happen! The beach belongs to everyone!


First District Supervisor
Hon. Salud Carbajal
Eric Friedman, Administrative Assistant
105 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Email: efriedman@sbcbos1.org

Second District Supervisor:
Hon. Janet Wolf
Mary O'Gorman, Cheif of Staff
105 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-2191
Email: mogorman@sbcbos2.org

Third District Supervisor
Hon. Doreen Farr
105 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 568-2192
FAX: (805) 568-2883
Email: dfarr@countyofsb.org

Other Organizations to Contact:

Surfrider Foundation
Santa Barbara Chapter
P.O. Box 21703
Santa Barbara, CA 93121-1703
Phone: (805) 899-2583
Email: santabarbara@surfrider.org

Richard Rozelle
District Superintendent, Channel Coast District
CA Department of PArks and Recreation
911 San Pedro St
Ventura CA 93001
(805) 585-1847
Email: rrozz@parks.ca.gov

Lynda Lang
Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce
1956-B Eugenia Place
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 684-5479
Email: lynda@carpinteriachamber.org

Carpinteria City Council Members:

Brad Stein, Mayor
Greg Carty, Vice Mayor
Al Clark
Wade Namura
Fred Shaw

c/o Carpinteria City Hall
5775 Carpinteria Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 684-5304

If you write a letter, be POLITE, brief, and to the point. Some of these are already friendly to our cause so simply tell them you support our efforts and, if you are local, promise to spend more time and money in Carpinteria once the beach is allowed back. Mail/email us a copy of what you sent at scna@socalnaturist.org or to our office at:
Friends of Bates Beach
23679 Calbasas Road #940
Calabasas, CA 91302

And thanks for your support!

Appendix: Polls Show Wide Support for Our Ideas...

Santa Barbara Independent Poll, June 2008

Do You Support the Idea of a Section of Bates Beach in Santa Barbara County Being Set aside for Clothing-Optional Use?

Yes, Absolutely 81%
Yes, With Signage 17%
Definitely Not Less than 1%

San Luis Obispo Poll

To show this poll is not a fluke but consistent with other polls on the same subject, we offer the following evidence:

A similar polls run in 2008 about Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo county and San Onofre beach in San Diego County. The results of these polls is consistent with the numbers shown above. 95% of San Luis Obispo respondents said Pirate's Cove remain a nude beach. 76% of the Oceanside residents agreed San Onofre should remain clothing optional with proper signage.

2009 Zogby Poll

A public opinion poll was conducted by the prestigious Zogby International polling firm testing the responses of Californians to these questions. (This independent survey of 889 California adults has a margin of error for the entire sample is +/- 3.4 percentage points.)

QUESTION 1: Do you agree or disagree that people should be able to enjoy nude sunbathing on a beach or other location that is designated for that purpose?

Disagree 16%
Not Sure 6%
Summary: Agreement with Question 1 was high throughout the geographical areas of the state, with a notable peak of 92% in the Sacramento area. In Santa Barbara County, 78% agreed.

QUESTION 2: Do you agree or disagree that areas should be set aside for people who enjoy clothing-optional recreation such as nude sunbathing and swimming?
Disagree 25%
Not Sure 5%
In the Santa Barbara area 73% of poll respondents agreed wih the question.

2006 Roper Poll

A national Roper poll commissioned by the Naturist Education Foundation found that 74% of Americans approve of nude sunbathing on beaches without interference from local officials, as long as they do so in areas set aside for that purpose. These results verify and are consistent with the highly favorable results of the polls conducts by the local newspapers cited earlier.
Click Here to view the details about this national poll.

Summary: Local polls show that public approval for the idea has clearly been building over the years, but governmental agencies have been slow to respond to the emerging demand. The majority of all identified racial and ethnic groups favor designation, but support is highest among African-Americans (78.4%) and Hispanics (72.4%).

CONCLUSION: The Santa Barbara 1977 law presumes that nudity is offensive to everyone. Obviously from this poll and others, it is not.

Friends of Bates Beach is a division of the Southern California Naturist Association (SCNA)
A Non-Profit California Corporation
23679 Calabasas Rd #940 Calabasas CA 91302 (818) 225-2273