During the tournament top golfers like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, both Southern California natives, were asked if they ever had made the steep trek down to the beach.
Both issued quick denials but were obviously familiar with the beach.
In 1999, officials began to enforce the long-standing but rarely enforced anti-nudity statute on the southern end of the beach, south of the Torrey Pines glider port.
Black’s Beach is one of few nude beaches where it’s possible to go on a four-mile, round-trip run, surf nude, and enjoy a beach atmosphere that harkens back to the 1970s.
In its 1970s heyday, Black’s Beach attracted up to 60,000 visitors on warm weekend days, outdrawing nearby attractions such as the San Diego Zoo and Sea World.Although the success of those cases eliminated most wrongful charges, occasionally misinformed deputies continued to threaten or ban innocent skinny-dippers. A core group of local skinny-dippers, armed with a wealth of advice, economic data, and Florida's statutes, met with St.Lucie County officials to review the long clothing-optional history and present the facts regarding the law. Lucie County law enforcement agreed and since that time, deputies have become a supportive presence on the beach.In 1992, Sunnier Palms located a naturist community in rural St. Sunnier briefed local attorneys about state law and skillfully used the law in defense of improperly charged, innocent nude beachgoers.This successful defense is based on Florida's Supreme Court distinction between mere innocent nudity and indecent and/or lewd behavior.