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Nude sunbathers expose concerns at Penticton's Three Mile beach

07/15/2014 10:42 EDT | Updated 09/14/2014 05:59 EDT
The owner of a beachfront property near Penticton, B.C., says nude sunbathers who have been using his land for decades, are now ruining his attempts to sell it.    

Cary Pinkowski bought the land containing part of Three Mile Beach in 2006 and didn't change much, until this summer  when he posted no trespassing signs and hired security to keep all the naked people out.

Then last week the RCMP began getting complaints the nudists had moved onto the neighbouring public beach, which is accessed by the same parking lot, but traditionally separated from the clothing optional zone by a large tree.

Pinkowski says he isn't against nude sunbathing. He just doesn't want it on his land, or the public beach next door.

"I mean you have five- to 10-year-olds and five meters away you have nude 50- to 60-year-old men," says Pinkowski, who says the nudists are ruining his attempts to sell the property.

"Well, it's essentially worth zero, until these people find a new property."       

Beachgoer Dennis Roszell also wants the nudists out, because of what he says is also happening on the beach

"I've seen sex acts right there. I and my family are really offended," says Roszell.            

But Rick Giles lives near the beach and supports the nudists.

"The only thing that's changed here is that we have two property owners who have come together to push the issue of public nudity."

Penticton RCMP say they are patrolling the area and will ask people to put some clothes on if they are being indecent.

Google Maps: Three Mile Road, Penticton.

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