Dec 12, 2022 • 1HR 12M

The Mother and Father of Haulover

We meet two pioneers of the US beach movement who created the model for launching a legal nude beach

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Evan Nicks
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In this episode, we’ll meet Shirley and Richard Mason, two pioneers of the US beach movement who created the model for launching a legal nude beach, when they boldly established residency on Florida’s popular Haulover Beach. Plus, a brief history of nude beaches in “puritan besmirched” America. Enjoy! 

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Treasure Coast Naturists 

The Naturist Action Committee

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  • Title: OC in Two: Nudist rally planned at San Onofre State Beach - 2009-09-10; Source: Orange County Register.

  • Title: Local News Segment "Topless Sunbathing on Miami Beach" '90's; Source: WPLG Local 10 | Miami News; uploaded by Siresounds.

  • Title: Cuba: The Mariel Boatlift - Crime Wave (1980’s); Source: Uploaded by Mobfax.

  • Title: Oral Argument, Feb 26th 1975; Opinion Announcement, Jun 23rd, 1975. Source: Justia Supreme Court Center,

  • Title: Civil Rights Act Of 1964; Source: AP Archive.