Designate One Quarter-Mile (North side peninsula) of Tybee Island's Beach as Clothing Optional
  • Petitioning Jason Buelterman

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Mayor of Tybee Island
Jason Buelterman

Designate One Quarter-Mile (North side peninsula) of Tybee Island's Beach as Clothing Optional

    1. Shawn Williams
    2. Petition by

      Shawn Williams

      Savannah, United States

Georgia is a beautiful state. Living here, one learns the importance of respecting the beautiful landscapes one can find. The beauty of the land makes this state special, and it is something to be respected and celebrated. Just as we have given way to respect our environment, we must allow others to practice their beliefs.

    When you think of a nudist or naturist, what is it that first comes to mind? Many people assume that nudists are over-sexualized and vulgar. These negative stereotypes and judgments have been assimilated by America's cultural links to Puritan and Victorian moral codes, as they have connected nakedness and sexuality together. The question is, when dealing with nudity and sexuality, is one really the cause of the other? When one is naked, should it only be seen as sexual?

   Much of American society depicts that answer as yes, however, some think differently.The practice of nudism is purposely nonsexual. It serves as a personal comfort and a stronger sense of freedom. There is the belief that nudism helps with self-esteem, relaxation, and overall well-being.

    It should also be noted that in cultures around the world, nudity is not seen as strictly as it is here in the States. Rick Steves, a journalist with the Chicago Tribune wrote within one of his articles, 

"Americans may be taken aback, but Europeans think nothing for shedding their clothes at the beach or in a public bath. Nudity is the norm."

-(In Europe, Strip Off All Your Inhibitions).

    Yet in the end, I am not here to convert you to believe in one or the other, but rather ask that we respect each belief.

   This is why I believe, as a resident of Savannah, Georgia, that the North side peninsula of Tybee Island's Beach should be designated as clothing optional. Tybee Island stretches out over 2 sq miles. With only one-quarter mile designated as clothing optional, more than 2.45 miles of the beach would still be left as "clothing-required" -- or however you want to term it. In this, we give way for everyone to go to the beach however they choose. As many will want to go to a clothing-required beach, they will definitely have the choice within more than 2.7 miles of land; and for those who recommend clothing optional, they may now have the option also.

    I love this country we live in. One statement I read by a journalist named Larry Darter in an online article on nudism read, "After all, personal freedom is one of the hallmarks of democracy" (Stereotypical Naturism). This statement is very true. I am asking that the city of Tybee Island allow all people to practice our personal freedom and designate one-quarter mile of Tybee Island's Beach as clothing optional. If you agree, please sign your name and spread the word.



For more readings on this subject:

Molecular Evolution of Pediculus humanus and the origin of clothing

Stereotypical Naturism by Larry Darter

In Europe, Strip Off All Your Ihibitions - Chicago Tribune

Recent signatures


    1. Location specified within petition

      Shawn Williams
      Petition Organizer

      A few people have not signed the petition because there was no details in regards to the location that I am asking to be designated as clothing optional, so I included the portion of the beach within the petition. Please, come check out where I am asking for!

    2. Collecting quotable reasons

      Shawn Williams
      Petition Organizer

      I am currently working on gathering reasons found on the petition that I'd like to quote from for Mr. Buelterman and the Tybee City Council when I go to meet them in the future. If you live in (preferably) Chatham County and have signed the petition but have yet to provide a thought-provoking and well-worded reason for signing it, please do so as soon as possible. I am looking for at least 100 reasons that mostly come from residents of the Savannah-Tybee area.
      You can connect with the official Facebook page here:

      The Nudement Tybee Chapter

      The Nudement Tybee Chapter, Savannah, GA. 123 likes · 196 talking about this. Out of respect for the lifestyle choices of others, we want to make a...

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Invitation to post photos of yourself at Tybee's North side beach!

      Shawn Williams
      Petition Organizer

      If you are able to, I am inviting you to take photos of you enjoying yourself on the North side portion of Tybee's beach and message them to the petition's Facebook page. I would prefer absolutely zero forms of nudity, so I won't have to edit them to fit Facebook's terms.
      You can find the Facebook page at

      One-Quarter Mile of Tybee Island Should Be Nude Friendly

      One-Quarter Mile of Tybee Island Should Be Nude Friendly, Savannah, GA. 100 likes · 88 talking about this. For the convenience of nudists in the area, a...

    5. Nude Beach petition gets front page on Savannah Morning News

      Shawn Williams
      Petition Organizer
      It is my greatest pleasure to inform you that the Friday, June 20th, 2014 edition of Savannah Morning News contains a front page piece on the petition and it's maker. The paper is $1.00, and in the article, you can find answers to questions that weren't shown on the WTOC broadcast.

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. WTOC covering petition at 6PM

      Shawn Williams
      Petition Organizer

      WTOC will be sharing a piece covering the petition today at 6:00 PM. For more information, such as the Mayor's views on this, you can go to WTOC's article about the petition.

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. WTOC may cover the petition soon.

      Shawn Williams
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, I emailed the petition to WTOC's Don Logana. He replied with interest in doing a news story today. Unfortunately, I was asleep when I received the email (as he sent his relply at midnight), so I didn't respond until several hours later. I sent him my phone number and asked when he would like to arrange for the interview to happen. For updates on this and other news networks covering the petition, please like our facebok page at

    10. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • John Torrens HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC
      • 14 days ago

      I am a practicing nudist and would enjoy being able to go to a nearby beach to relax and enjoy the sun in my own comfort. I resent the accusations of others that there is something sexual about being nude. The peace one finds by being free of clothing restraint is healing.

    • james conner PIEDMONT, SC
      • about 1 month ago

      It's a great idea

    • Matthew Hicks MADISON, GA
      • about 1 month ago


      • about 1 month ago

      Because I believe that non-sexual nudity is what our society needs more of

      • about 1 month ago

      All should have access.


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