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Man Sues National Park Over Right To Bring Dog To Nude Beach
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 14, 2006

CENTRAL ISLIP, NEW YORK--Here's a story that's getting a lot of 'exposure'.

And here are the 'bare' facts, all 'stripped down' for you.

Mark DelCore, 39, says he has experienced a skin condition caused by toxins, along with post-traumatic stress disorder, from September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks.

He says further that the best form of relief for his skin problem is to get an all-over tan -- 'all-over' meaning with no clothes. DelCore also claims that the best relief from his PTSD is 'Cheekies', his rat terrier that he says provides "emotional support and comfort".

But the Fire Island National Seashore, the clothing optional beach where DelCore likes to sunbathe in the buff, only allows guide dogs for blind people. No therapy dogs. No service dogs. Just guide dogs.

DelCore claims that the beach's policies are a form of discrimination because they violate his rights under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

And this week, he filed a lawsuit against the National Park Service.

"My dog is a typical service dog, he is obedient and well trained," DelCore wrote in the suit.

During a hearing on Friday, Central Islip Federal Judge Joseph Bianco seemed skeptical of DelCore's claims.

"I haven't seen any evidence that would suggest that this dog is trained in some way connected to your medical or physical condition," the judge told DelCore.

"Man files suit to bring dog to naked beach" (Newsday)
"Man Sues Over Naked Beach Beef" (The Smoking Gun)


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