Penticton Nudists Sued By Property Owner For Trespassing

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For years, Cary Pinkowski has had a view of more than he bargained for, and now he's suing nudists who have been allegedly trespassing on his waterfront property in Penticton, B.C.

Pinkowksi's company, Hermitage Vineyards, filed a lawsuit last week against six people, reported Castanet.

The property owner said he's been trying to stop nudists from trespassing on his land at Three Mile Beach since 2006. Warning signs have been torn down, and one of the security cameras he installed was actually stolen, according to the court action.

Pinkowski is seeking damages for trespassing and theft, as well as an injunction against the naturalists, punitive damages and costs, said Castanet.

Ken Shaw, one of the defendants named in the lawsuit, said he only found out about it through a local newspaper article.

“I have only been down there twice,” Shaw told CBC News. “That was on the secluded beach that is still public, because it is below the high water mark.”

Other neighbours have complained to Penticton city council about sexual activity at the beach. "Most of these people are drinking etc. and it just turned into a kinky swingers type beach/area," longtime resident Matt Fraser wrote in a letter to Penticton council in February.

Last month, city council declined to officially designate Three Mile Beach as clothing-optional, reported Penticton Western News.

According to the Federation of Canadian Naturists website, there are 12 nude beaches in B.C., but only Vancouver's famed Wreck Beach is officially recognized as such.


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