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Group lending support to nudists at city hall on Monday

A Penticton group known as Locals Supporting Locals are planning a press conference in front of city hall at 5:30 p.m. Feb.2.
February 02, 2015 - 9:00 AM

PENTICTON - Locals Supporting Locals will be standing up for Penticton naturists, a group who enjoys going nude on Three Mile Beach, in front of Penticton City Hall today, Feb. 2.

In a release this week Kevin Proteau, founder of the supporting group, said the press conference is an attempt to present to the public a second side to the Three Mile Beach issue. He said little has been heard of the people who are naturists because of bullying that has taken place.

"There has been considerable media attention lately making serious accusations, slanderous comments that claim to be representing residents of the Three Mile Road and we understand there will be a delegation appearing before council on Monday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.," He said, adding he feels now is the time to speak up. "We believe these statements to be false.”

Proteau said the Okanagan Naturists Community was not informed or asked to present their side of the issue at the upcoming council meeting and feels only one side is being heard. He said a goal of council and other tourism groups in the city could realize another revenue stream for the city by having Penticton become 'an international naturist’s tourist destination.'

Three Mile Beach has long been used as a clothing optional beach that is jointly owned by the City of Penticton, the province and a private landowner.

The press conference is planned for 5:30 p.m.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

Nudists gather at Three Mile Beach last summer to discuss their plans to keep the beach clothes optional.
Nudists gather at Three Mile Beach last summer to discuss their plans to keep the beach clothes optional.
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