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San Francisco Supes Approve Public Nudity Restrictions

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A woman takes a photo of a group of naked men at the 20th Annual Folsom Street Fair September 28, 2003 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

A woman takes a photo of a group of naked men at the 20th Annual Folsom Street Fair September 28, 2003 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Public nudists in San Francisco will have to cover up in certain situations under legislation given unanimous initial approval Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

The proposal, introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener, prohibits public nudity in restaurants and outlaws sitting on benches or other public seating in the city without placing clothing or other material atop the seat first.

“What’s so funny?” Wiener said jokingly when the reading of the legislation at Tuesday afternoon’s board meeting was met with laughter by much of the audience in board chambers.

The proposal made international headlines because of its “only in San Francisco” nature, and even led to a prank by Wiener’s colleague, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who left a napkin on his seat before a board meeting.

Wiener said Tuesday that despite the legislation being the butt of jokes and “the press being obsessed with it,” the public sanitation problems were a “tangible issue” primarily affecting Jane Warner Plaza and elsewhere in the Castro, a neighborhood in his district where public nudists often congregate.

The ordinance was approved by all 11 supervisors and will return to the board for final approval at next week’s meeting.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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