Spanish court backs town's right to ban beach nudism

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Posted: Apr 22, 2015 10:55 AM

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court has ruled that nudism is not a fundamental right by backing a town's decision to prohibit it and impose fines.

In the first decision of its kind, the court announced Tuesday that Castell-Platja D'Aro town hall on Spain's popular northeastern Costa Brava has the right to ban nudism.

Castell-Platja D'Aro wanted to ban nudism on its beaches in 2009, saying they were used by families. The ban was challenged by nudist groups who said nudism was a constitutional right, but the Supreme Court rejected that argument.

The town said Wednesday its regulations allow it to issue fines of up to 300 euros ($322) to nudists on certain beaches. Topless sunbathing is still allowed and nudism remains legal elsewhere in Spain, which has some 450 nudist beaches.