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What does Seattle want? How about a nude beach?

Posted by Geeky Swedes on May 27th, 2010

Mayor Mike McGinn is asking citizens what Seattle needs. In the “Ideas for Seattle” forum, people are allowed to submit ideas or vote on ideas submitted by others. Taking the top spot with more than 2,000 votes is “Expand as much light rail and subway as possible.” In second place with more than 1,500 votes is “Legalize marijuana and tax it.” Third place is “Set aside park beach areas for European-style, clothing optional recreation (sunbathe + skinny dip).”

Seven suggestions posted on the site have already been completed, including making the “Ideas for Seattle” site an official way to reach out to the city. Four other suggestions are planned.

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18 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Bark more, Wag less // May 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Who needs good schools when you can smoke pot all day.

  • 2 Bark more, Wag less // May 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    ” “Set aside park beach areas for European-style, clothing optional recreation (sunbathe + skinny dip).”

    Apparently only morons have access to this web survey. Seriously, pot and nude beaches? What about jobs and good schools?

    PS. I like European nude beaches as much as anyone, but that’s because they are not filled with fat Americans.

  • 3 zipper // May 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Love it! But really, unless we can get the mayor to change our weather, I’ll skip the nude beach. Plus I think we can all spare each other the view…I like naked, but really, unless the mayor wants to dim the light at the beach, light a candle and shake me a martini, I can live without seeing all y’all in your all-together.

  • 4 Anonymouse // May 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Pot’s already the lowest law-enforcement priority in Seattle and you’d probably have to be doing something else illegal to get busted for it. And most nudists in Seattle already know where the unofficial nude beach is. One out of three ain’t bad for Seattle.

  • 5 Mrs. Murphey // May 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    interesting ideas even beyond the nude beach and pot issues. I like the increase community policing and the increase late night transit options. There was at least one idea that I wanted a veto button instead of a vote button (permanent site for nicholsville)

  • 6 The Norwegian // May 27, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    And pigs are going to soon fly. Why do fools around here incessantly want to resemble Europe? We already are in the form of large intrusive government that is spending us into bankruptcy. Are those people free when taxed at 70% or more? This is what I’d expect though, with all the liberal elitist dreamer utopians out there in Bizerkley North, AKA: Seattle. The more a government does for you, the more it does TO you.

  • 7 boardbrown // May 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    No thanks. Seattle is too ugly for a nude beach.

  • 8 Haus Frau // May 27, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I thought Discovery Park beach was the unofficial nude beach? But hey, pasty floppy ta-tas and turtles, it’s all good.

  • 9 Bjorn Toobywild // May 28, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Get real at city hall. Fix the streets and more police.

  • 10 greenwoodmomma // May 28, 2010 at 7:36 am



    a way for cars and bicycles to peacefully co-exist (since neither side has a monopoly on good behaviour)

  • 11 The Mayor // May 28, 2010 at 7:48 am

    i like the nude beach idea! but your right people are tooo fat here compared to Europe. lets fix the roads! 85th and 15th need to be re paved!

  • 12 Gene1 // May 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Here’s an “Idea for Seattle”: An accredited personality school for the socially retarded. Seattle doesn’t lack for potential students.

  • 13 Edog // May 28, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Well if the mayor is going to court the nude constituency the way he has embraced his bike, I for one don’t need to be there to see it!

    Mike Bikes is all the Mike I need to see!

  • 14 B // May 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Tis a bit cold here to bare it all on the beach. We’re in a state where most people would take a North Face jacket to the beach.

    Sides we already have the nude bikers.

  • 15 petsfriend // May 28, 2010 at 11:23 am


    Stun gun crime, anyone?

  • 16 jose // May 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Mayor tweety bird at it again

  • 17 Chris // May 31, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Might be a tad cold for a nude beach.

  • 18 marty // May 31, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Quit giving me parking tickets if I choose to use transit, quit preying on ballard as your new cash cow. Don’t re-zone for condos based on a disney monorail fantasy and then allow builders to go forward anyway. Thanks for destroying the bowling alley, the dennys….etc. the condos are a third full BTW…..quit taking bribes from the developers.

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