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Island Beat & Cops Corner July 22, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, People, Travel & Leisure.

Turtle-UnderwaterI’ve written about the local crime scene on Anna Maria Island and its neighbor to the south, Longboat Key, before:

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As mentioned in those articles, the local weekly newspapers report arrests and investigations in Cops Corner (Longboat Observer) and Beach Beat (AMI Sun).

Since neither island is a hotbed of criminal activity, the articles tend to cover vandalism, lost and stolen property, drunk and disorderly conduct, domestic disturbances, shoplifting, and the occasional suspicious person.

Last week, the Sun reported that a woman visiting the island from Italy went topless on the beach.

When officers approached her about the illegal nature of her “au naturel” activity, she agreed to put on her top.

Sounds like a cover up to me!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Have you ever stumbled upon a nude beach?  Did it open your eyes?


1. Crowing Crone Joss - July 22, 2013

different cultures don’t always know “the rules” eh?

nrhatch - July 22, 2013

Travel can broaden our minds . . . and open our eyes. 😯

I expect that you’ll have lots of interesting surprises on your upcoming European Adventure!

Crowing Crone Joss - July 22, 2013

for sure. So looking forward to this time in our life.

nrhatch - July 22, 2013

It’s going to be so fun watching you wander through Europe.

2. colonialist - July 22, 2013

Such a criminal neighbourhood! Topless on a beach? *utter shock*
I wonder how many people realise that the whole nudity/morals equation is just down to a lot of brainwashing which has arisen from a succession of small minds.

nrhatch - July 22, 2013

Exactly right, Col. We grow comfortable with the norms and mores with which we’re surrounded. If we grow up with nudity as the norm, it seems normal. If we don’t, it seems foreign.

I remember being shocked as a child that National Geographic printed photos of “topless women.” 😀

3. SuziCate - July 22, 2013

Sounds like a cover up to me!-BWAHAHAHA!

nrhatch - July 22, 2013

Yay! Glad it tickled your funny bone chakra, Suzi. :mrgreen:

4. Andra Watkins - July 22, 2013

I have never stumbled upon a nude beach, but MTM visited one in Spain.

nrhatch - July 22, 2013

As soon as I read “Spain,” these lyrics popped into my head:

Well I never been to Spain, but I kind of like the music
They say the ladies are insane there
And they sure know how to use it
They don’t abuse it, never gonna lose it, I can’t refuse it.

5. Eric Tonningsen - July 22, 2013

Didn’t stumble upon. They were frequently an intentional destination. We Americans have some odd filters. Reports as these give me pause and cause to appreciate being a tad more culturally global. Thanks for reminding us that it’s 2013 and… 🙂

nrhatch - July 22, 2013

One of the attorneys I practiced with grew up in the Netherlands where display of one’s nether-regions is more accepted. He often laughed at how uptight we are here in the states. 😆

6. katecrimmins - July 22, 2013

I had a German friend and when her friends from Germany came over to visit she had a really hard time getting them to keep their clothes on. She had a pool!

nrhatch - July 22, 2013

Oh, that is funny . . . I can see her now, coming out to the pool with a tray of drinks while intoning, “PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON!” 😉

katecrimmins - July 23, 2013

That’s pretty much how it happened. My husband’s fantasy was to be invited to her pool parties.

nrhatch - July 23, 2013

Maybe next time. 😛

Nudity can be awkward, especially in close quarters. For example, unintentional jostling against someone’s private parts in the Buffet Line on a Nude Cruise:

“Oh, sorry, I didn’t mean to touch you . . . there.”

Or: “Oh, you’ve sat in something. There’s a piece of spinach stuck to your right cheek.”

7. Tammy - July 22, 2013

I am in Germany right now and we both laugh at and so appreciate the sense of comfort that exists at the public watering holes. My own town paper has a police blotter about like yours.

nrhatch - July 22, 2013

Once in a while the police reports are serious, but often it’s: “X reported his phone stolen. He later found it in his back pocket.” :mrgreen:

Enjoy your time in Germany . . . clothing optional.

8. kateshrewsday - July 22, 2013

Clearly it’s a hotbed of crime, Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - July 22, 2013

It’s generally a fairly placid place . . . most shoplifting involves 6-packs, 12-packs, or 18-packs of beer.

9. Three Well Beings - July 22, 2013

There are a few beach coves along the SoCal coast that are notorious for nude sunbathing. They aren’t exactly hidden, but they are secluded enough the authorities leave them alone. I must admit I haven’t been too curious. I’d probably be very flustered if I were to come close to the “scene of the crime.” 🙂

nrhatch - July 23, 2013

I prefer to keep my distance too. I would feel awkward wandering around a nude beach without shedding my clothes . . . and would feel even more awkward sans suit. 😳

10. ericjbaker - July 23, 2013

I wandered in the direction of a nude beach (unaware), and ran into a group of nudists wandering the other direction. I decided that was enough and turned around.

nrhatch - July 23, 2013

Yes. It’s the walking and talking part that would be hard for me to handle.

If they would all just lie down and stay down it would be fine. 😉

11. shreejacob - July 23, 2013

Nope…never been near one and I don’t know…I’m definitely a cover up person! Even when I’m alone in my room! (unless about to take a shower that is! LOL!)

nrhatch - July 23, 2013

Just think how much money they must spend on sun screen! 😆

12. William D'Andrea - July 23, 2013

You don’t live in a high crime area, do you? Where I live, on Long Island New York, it’s not a major crime area either; but every now and then, some truly infamous event occurs that is endlessly notorious.

One of them was “The Amittyville Horror”; when a man named Ron Defeo murdered his family; and the house where the crime occurred, was later described as haunted by the ghosts of the victims.

Another was the “Long Island Lollitta” shooting. That was when 16 year old Amy Fisher, shot and wounded the wife of her boyfriend Joey Buttaffuco, who was more than twice her age. I remember a cartoon in Newsday, showing Joey meeting O.J. Simpson. Joey tells O.J. “You should’a got your girlfren’a do’t.”

Newsday is not known for its class.

More recently, along the South Shore of Long Island, New York; there is a mostly undeveloped barrier island named Gilgo Beach; which is thick with underbrush. During the Winter months of 2010 and 2011, the remains of about 10 prostitutes were discovered hidden in the wild shrubbery. Gilgo Beach would have been a very interesting place to go for a picnic. Who knows what any picnicer might have discovered?

nrhatch - July 23, 2013

I remember reading about the Amittyville Horror, as well as Amy Fisher and Joey Buttaffuco’s altercation. Never heard of the cache of prostitutes found on Gilgo Beach.

Since we’ve lived here, there have been a few murders that made the head-lines. One woman went missing after a fight with her live-in boyfriend. Her body still hasn’t been found. Another woman committed “suicide” . . . but her mother is convinced it was murder. Etc.

But they tend to be crimes of passion between people who know each other, rather than unrelated strangers. Hope it stays that way so that I feel safe when walking on the beach.

13. Pix Under the Oaks - July 23, 2013

“If they would all just lie down and stay down it would be fine. 😉 ”
*snort* 😆

nrhatch - July 23, 2013

I can’t imagine carrying on a “serious conversation” with all that nakedness wandering around. 😀

14. sufilight - July 24, 2013

It is indeed a cover up! I have never visited a nudist camp, and don’t have any interest in seeing naked bodies walking and jiggling around. 😀

nrhatch - July 24, 2013

Same here. Seeing flabby old bodies with wobbling bits wandering about holds no appeal. And the young tanned firm bodies would make me feel old, flabby, and wobbly. 😛

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