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Is this the trashiest nude beach ever?

Jacksonville, Florida -- among the last places on Earth virtually anyone thinks of (or wants to think of) when they hear the words "nude beach".

But that may be changing soon.

While being naked is great, and totally cool in most of Europe -- as in Munich, which has exclusively naked parks -- it's a little frowned upon in the US. But 19-year-old Jacksonville local Angela Anderson -- who, last month, began spearheading an online campaign for a mile of Jacksonville Beach to be clothing-optional -- is pressing for change. So far, the petition has garnered 1,500 signatures.

"The practice of nudism is purposely nonsexual. It serves as a personal comfort and a stronger sense of freedom", Anderson writes on the petition page on Change.org. "There is the belief that nudism helps with self-esteem, relaxation, and overall well-being".

It's also a great way to gross people out if you're from Jacksonville.

Nevertheless, a photo shoot is planned this weekend to promote the campaign, and results will be posted on a dedicated Facebook page, called The Nudement. Yup, that's actually what it's called. Somebody thinks it's catchy.

Seeking a legal venue in the area for the naked shoot naturally proved tricky.

"It’s out of the way a little bit because it was hard to find someone with a big enough yard and on private land where we could do this legally", Anderson told WJCT News. "We’re not trying to do this illegally. And it’s just going to be to promote the petition, to gain more media coverage and to get the word out and get people talking about this. And to definitely show them the nudists that so many people are afraid of". 

It's not so much that we're afraid of nudists;  maybe just the idea of nudists from Jacksonville. Ooof.


Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. She has been to Florida once, and will probably keep it that way. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.