Feedback on beach nudity ‘too hot to handle’

The Dominion Post 22 September 2008

Kapiti Coast District Council’s e-mail system crashed because it could not handle all the complaints it fielded over its suggestion of allowing nude sunbathing on its beaches. Councillor Tony Jack said he believed it had been the hottest issue the council had to face for some time. It had generated about five times the discussion sparked earlier this year when a community board member wore a Ku Klux Klan costume to a council meeting.

…The hundreds of e-mails the council received on the topic had crashed its e-mail system. Council chief executive Pat Dougherty said there was a lot of concern in the community and he wanted to stress that the council was not promoting nudity in its draft beach bylaw. Any offensive or lewd behaviour would be dealt with by police. In an effort to allay public concern it has taken out an advertisement in a local newspaper explaining its position. Mr Dougherty said the bylaw had not been passed. Submissions on it close on October 24.