July 16, 2001 12:50pm
Work on Calif. Nudist Bridge Begins
(PALM SPRINGS, CA) -- Construction is starting this week on a nudist resort's $5 million expansion plan that includes a footbridge so naked guests can cross a busy street.
Stephen Payne calls his Desert Shadows Inn Resort & Villas 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, and the nudists-only footbridge will connect them to 11 additional condos.
``Anything goes,'' said Jacquii Gottlieb, whose husband's accountancy office adjoins the proposed expansion. ``We are totally for it. It's hot here, anyway. Who needs clothes?''
The city Planning Commission had rejected the bridge because members felt they might set a bad precedent by allowing Palm Springs' first elevated walkway.
But the City Council unanimously approved the proposal, which calls for 5-foot-high walls that will shield nudists from street-level gawkers 18 feet below.
Palm Springs is 110 miles east of Los Angeles.