Fire Island National Seashore officials announced in early February that they will start enforcing New York State laws against public nudity at Lighthouse Beach, a clothing-optional beach between Robert Moses State Park Field 5 and Kismet that drew up to 4, nudists on summer days. Koschmann said that the Sandy-damaged boardwalk to the Fire Island Lighthouse means visitors will have to walk down the beach through the area where the nudists gathered. But Koschmann said that despite such efforts, the nude beach increasingly became advertised online as a meeting place for public sex and prostitution. Lighthouse Beach was technically a pair of clothing optional beaches separated by a patch of non-nude beach in the area closest to the lighthouse to separate tourists and nudists. But even if the boardwalks were repaired in time for the summer season, the fact that the dunes had been decimated by Sandy means the beach is now visible from the lighthouse. The ban will also be enforced in other nude-friendly beaches along FI, such as Cherry Grove to the east.
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Parked at field 4, and walked This is a great beach area and justifiably can get busy; a search of the internet will throw references to both topless and full nudity in certain areas. The current situation is that the genitals must be covered i. However, New York law allows topless sunbathing so that is OK on any of the beaches and as long as you are wearing even the skimpiest of g-strings etc you are good to go on any of the Fire Island beaches.
It was notable for having sections that were officially designated as clothing optional prior to The beach is named for the nearby Fire Island Lighthouse and was formerly the largest recognized clothing optional beach in New York. The beach is approximately one mile 1. Technically, it is in the Town of Islip. There are some reports of nudists using the beach as far back as World War II, getting to the island by rowboat. Originally, the entire stretch of beach was clothing optional, however there have been some complaints from users objecting to the nudity going back to the s. These complaints were largely from parents who visited the lighthouse and were surprised by the nudity on the beach. In , due to negotiations between Friends of Lighthouse Beach and the National Park Service, the center section was made non-clothing optional or textile so that visitors from the lighthouse who did not want to see nudity could enjoy the beach. Since 5 February , the entirety of Lighthouse Beach has no longer been clothing optional. The beach is widely regarded as family friendly.
Since there is no parking within Fire Island National Seashore, those visiting the Fire Island Lighthouse unit of the park must use the Field 5 parking lot at Robert Moses State Park a fee is required to enter the park. The Fire Island Lighthouse Beach officially starts at the border with the state park and continues past the lighthouse to the town of Kismet. The Fire Island Lighthouse itself is. As expected, most people put the least amount of effort into getting to the beach and just set up shop near the parking lot, which is still in the state park.