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Tuesday, 17 July, 2001, 05:13 GMT 06:13 UK
Resort to build 'nudist bridge'

An American nudist resort is due to start a $5m expansion scheme this week, including the construction of a footbridge allowing guests to cross a busy street au naturel.

The bridge will be built with 1.5 m (five foot) high walls to shield nudists from any prospective peeping toms 5.4m (18 feet) below.


We are totally for it ... who needs clothes?

Jacquii Gottlieb
Local resident
It will connect existing accommodation at the Desert Shadows Inn Resort and Villas in Palm Springs, California, with 11 additional chalets.

Palm Springs Planning Commission had rejected the bridge because members felt they might set a bad precedent by allowing the city's first elevated walkway.

But the City Council overturned the decision, and unanimously approved the plan.

Family hotel

Owner Stephen Payne describes his resort as a "family hotel" where swimsuits are banned in the swimming pool and spa.

The resort already includes 59 condos, 33 hotel rooms, tennis courts and a spa.

"Anything goes," said Jacquii Gottlieb, whose husband's accountancy office adjoins the proposed expansion.

She added: "We are totally for it ... it's hot here, anyway. Who needs clothes?"

See also:

15 Feb 01 | Americas
Nude nuptials spark outrage
24 Apr 00 | Asia-Pacific
Australian police arrest nudists
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