South Florida Nudist Camp Could See Shrinkage

Overpopulated community violating zoning laws could be scaled back

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    A South Florida nudist community that has been overpopulated with stripped-down residents might see some shrinkage.

    Sunsport Gardens, in Loxahatchee Groves, is zoned for 48 trailer sites but is currently operating with 133, which has it in violation of a 1994 Palm Beach County resolution, according to the Palm Beach Post.

    And when Loxahatchee Groves establishes a new land-use blueprint that could allow for only eight more lots, some of those nudes may have to be on the move.

    Vice mayor Dennis Lipp discovered the issue and was the bearer of the bad news.

    "I have nothing against Sunsport," Lipp told the Post. "I think it makes our community unique. My issue is to find a way to bring them into compliance."

    It's unknown how Sunsport Gardens, which opened in 1965, expanded beyond the allowable lots, and owner Morley Schloss said the community's kept everything out in the open for all to see.

    "We have no expansion plans, and we haven't expanded since 2001," Schloss said. "The county knows what we've been doing. The county has never come down on us."

    Loxahatchee Groves mayor Dave Browning said he doesn't think they'll have to strip down the bare-skinned Sunsporters.

    "My thought is we will probably allow them to keep the intensity they have now," Browning said. "We really don't want to put businesses out of business."