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Mayor yet to see nude petition

Mayor Garry Litke said as of Thursday, he had not seen a neighbours' petition regarding nudity at Three Mile Beach.

The petition was created last week by neighbours who are concerned about the use of the public family beach at the Penticton location by naturists.

"I look forward to receiving the petition and we will go from there," he said. "Council will then have the opportunity to consider the petition."

The petition reads in part," To the mayor of Penticton, Penticton City Council, RCMP and the British Columbia Attorney General, we demand immediate action on the family beach at Three Mile Road in Penticton.

The recent June 2014 encroachment by nudists on to the family beach has forced families to move to the dog beach. It is also highly offensive that people are exposing themselves to children and families.

This area is not secluded and is in a residential neighbourhood. Penticton and Naramata takes pride in its strong values."

According to those behind the petition, they have now reached close to 200 signatures from the neighbourhood and there have been many people asking for an online version of the petition. The 3 Mile Family Beach Coalition has also just launched a change.org petition.

A recent response from the RCMP stated they continue to receive complaints re: nudity at Three Mile and continue to respond accordingly.

"It is not an easy task for anyone to quickly stop or change something that has been occurring for over 30 years," said Sgt. Rick Dellebuur. "We have to be careful in determining what is the harm coming from nude sunbathing?

Is it that persons who don't want to be exposed to nudity are being exposed to nudity and want to be protected from being exposed? Is it something that the community as a whole is prepared to tolerate? We will continue to work with both sides on this ongoing problem in hopes that a compromise or solution can be found."

The naturists, who moved to the public beach, after losing access to the adjacent private property they used for years, would like to see a clothing optional sign go up, so the beach can be used as such. They have further stated there are no amenities at the location for children.

There is also an online petition at the 3 Mile Clothing Optional Beach Facebook page. As of Thursday, it had 707 signatures.

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