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Paradise Lakes Resort's racy ad creates rift with national nudist organization

LAND O'LAKES — In an advertisement for Paradise Lakes Resort's upcoming Miss G-String International pageant, an apparently nude blond model suggestively straddles a motorcycle.

The clothing-optional resort's ad says "25 gorgeous contestants" will compete in the October event, which will be hosted by a Penthouse cover model.

The advertisement didn't sit well with the American Association for Nude Recreation, which suspended Paradise Lakes' membership Friday, saying the resort's marketing activities "sexualized the nudist experience."

After learning about the suspension, the resort withdrew its affiliation with the AANR.

Paradise Lakes officials could not be reached Monday.

AANR, which says it provides lobbying support and marketing discounts for more than 250 "wholesome and friendly" member clubs and resorts, investigated Paradise Lakes and ruled some of its advertising was inconsistent with AANR's principles.

"We promote social, family nude recreation, and that's what we want our clubs to do," said Carolyn Hawkins, AANR's public relations coordinator.

The organization's principles and standards state clearly that "any club that deliberately advocates, endorses, encourages or promotes sexual activities or sexual enterprises is subject to revocation of its charter."

Hawkins said Paradise Lakes opened in the early 1980s. She did not know of any previous complaints about the club, which she has visited many times.

"It's a pretty club," she said. "It's unfortunate that this had to happen."

In an e-mail to the Times, she wrote, "please note that our issue is not with the membership of the club, who many we know share the equal concern or respect for our principles and standards. The issue was with ownership."

Paradise Lakes isn't the only Pasco County clothing-optional resort to leave the AANR.

In May 2008, AANR temporarily suspended the membership of Caliente resort after the club registered to have a booth at an adult trade show, Swingfest 2008.

Caliente pulled its affiliation two months later.

Helen Anne Travis can be reached at htravis@sptimes.com or (813) 435-7312.

Paradise Lakes Resort's racy ad creates rift with national nudist organization 08/24/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 24, 2009 9:01pm]
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