Springs brings out the naked in Vermont
BRATTLEBORO, Vermont ” Spring has arrived in this southeastern Vermont town known for its live-and-let-live culture. The trees are less bare, and some local residents are more so.
Resident Theresa Toney said she was dining at a downtown restaurant when she spotted this spring’s first naked person. She looked out the window “and saw a man in his 60s walking up and down Main Street totally nude,” she told the Brattleboro Reformer newspaper. “This is indecent exposure where it doesn’t belong.”
Vermont has no state law, and Brattleboro no ordinance, against public nudity.
Last year, Toney became one of the town’s most vocal critics of allowing people to bare it all in public after a groups of young people caused a stir by stripping naked in a downtown parking lot.
This week she was back before the Select Board, demanding to know what the town was going to do “about this behavior.”
Audrey Garfield, chairwoman of the board, said she had spoken with the town manager, and that a log of complaints would be compiled.
Some are worried about the town’s image.
“How do you want to be viewed as Brattleboro?” asked the Rev. Kevin Horion. “We want to welcome families with small children.”
Nudists could pop up anywhere, he said. “I am concerned we don’t know where they are going to strike.”
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