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Need a place to stay? A Pasco nudist resort says they're open

Caliente Resort & Spa says it plans to stay open as Hurricane Irene threatens the Tampa Bay region. It says evacuees are welcome, though the same clothing-optional rules apply. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times]
Published Sep. 9, 2017

If you have to evacuate your home because of Hurricane Irma and you need a place to stay, there's one possible shelter you may not have considered.

The Caliente Club in Land O'Lakes.

Yes, that's right, the nudist resort that bills itself as "the most luxurious clothing optional experiences you can imagine" and "the hottest party on the planet."

"We do have a lot of generator capacity," assistant general manager AnastasiiaChyruk said Friday. "We've got a lot of diesel. We plan on staying open for our members and residents."

And that includes sheltering people who can't go home.

The resort's hotel has already made room for guests who couldn't leave because of Irma, she said. And the resort has taken in nudists from South Florida who were looking for a safer place to ride out the storm than their homes, she said.

Is that same refuge available for non-members who live in surrounding Pasco County?

"Absolutely," she said. "We are a primary point of evacuation for the county and the community."

But they're not changing their rules just to accommodate outsiders -- so maybe evacuees don't need to pack as much for a visit.

"We remain a clothing-optional community," she said.

Contact Craig Pittman at craig@tampabay.com. Follow @craigtimes.

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