Posted: Jun 30, 2012
|This is not his first time trying to end the clothing-optional sections at the Canaveral National Seashore, which includes Apollo and Playalinda Beaches. Each decade (the 90's, the 00's and apparently now) he threatens to do something about the nudity at Playalinda, but it always ends up going nowhere. From what I know of him, he doesn't seem to have the "power" or "pull" like Senators Bill Nelson or Marco Rubio. Even within Florida, unless one lives in Brevard County, most have probably never heard of him. |
Here's an article from the late-90's involving Weldon.
Congress Joins Beach-nudity Fight
The House Of Representatives Voted To Outlaw Clothing-optional Signs On The Canaveral National Seashore.
By Tamara Lytle, Washington Bureau
July 17, 1997
Brevard County's congressman has brought his colleagues from the U.S. House of Representatives into the fight to strip nudists of the right to shed clothes at Canaveral National Seashore.
Members voted 396-25 late Tuesday in Washington for an amendment that would bar the National Park Service from posting signs for a clothing-optional area at the federal beach east of Titusville.
''This is about whether moms can go to the beach with their kids and enjoy themselves,'' said Rep Dave Weldon, the Palm Bay Republican who offered the proposal. He said people have complained about nudists masturbating in front of children and otherwise bothering non-nudists.
Frank Cervasio of Orlando, president of Central Florida Naturists, said the complaints are an orchestrated campaign by a small number of Baptists. Most people favor separate nude and non-nude areas of the beach, he said.
According to Cervasio, nudists can be found only on about four miles of the 24-mile-long seashore. The National Park Service once had signs warning that nudity might be encountered in the northern portion of Playalinda Beach. A Brevard County ordinance forbids nude sunbathing. But, as Weldon said, the Park Service doesn't answer to the County Commission.
When local sheriffs tried to enforce the law, courts threw out the cases because the Park Service signs could lead people to believe nudity was approved.
Although the signs have been taken down, Weldon said he wants to make sure the Park Service won't put them back up. Wendell Simpson, superintendent of the beach, said the decision about whether to put the signs back would be made above his level.
''The beach has accommodated nude recreation for the last 50 years,'' said Cervasio, who picketed the seashore office on July 4 to protest the sign takedown. ''America was built on diversity. This is a bullying situation.''
Cervasio said laws already are in place to deal with lewd behavior.
But because of the complaints, Weldon said he went to the beach to see for himself.
''I certainly didn't think it was the kind of beach I would want my wife and (10-year-old) daughter to go to.''
To become law, the amendment would have to be accepted by the Senate. Weldon said the overwhelming House vote will help make the case that the Senate version of the bill, which funds the Interior Department, should include the Canaveral nudity ban.
Cervasio, who said he plans to file suit over the issue, said nude sunbathing is just as valid a recreational activity as golf.
''Regardless of the amendment, nude recreation is going to continue at the Canaveral seashore. I'm going to be there,'' he said.
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Posted: Aug 14, 2012
|Just a little follow up info. |
U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV won the right Tuesday night to take on two-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in a race that's already attracted millions of dollars from outside groups and could be critical in deciding partisan control of the U.S. Senate.
Mack, a four-term Republican congressman from Fort Myers, easily beat former U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon of Indialantic and two dark horses, Mike McCalister of Plant City and writer Marielena Stuart of Ave Marie. Early results showed Mack winning with 59 percent, with 20 percent for Weldon, 14 percent for McCalister and 7 percent for Stuart.
Source: Orlando Sentinel 8/14/12
Posted: Sep 9, 2012
|But is she a nudist or at least a friend of us nudists?|
Posted: Sep 9, 2012
|Connie Mack is a male. Playalinda Beach is not an issue with both Mr. Nelson and Mr. Mack, and never will be. The state of Florida has a lot of other major and serious issues it needs addressed on the federal level besides some harmless nudists in the middle of nowhere. Mr. Nelson is based in Tallahassee, and Mr. Mack is based in Fort Myers. Both cities are located on opposite sides of the state from Playalinda. Only Mr. Weldon tries/tried to make a Congressional issue with Playalinda because it's located in the same county where he resides, which is Brevard. Mr. Weldon isn't representing the state of Florida in Congress at the moment.|
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