Central Iowa county to weigh anti-nudity proposal


June 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) – Tubing or sunbathing along central Iowa’s Raccoon River in the nude could soon be against county law.

The Dallas County Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday (today) to consider a new ordinance that would ban nudity in county areas accessible to the public. Board chairman Kim Chapman told The Des Moines Register that county officials have gotten complaints about nudity on the river. Sheriff Chad Leonard asked for the item to be placed on the board agenda.

Harold Wells operates the Raccoon River Retreat Center near Van Meter. He says his guests occasionally sunbathe nude on a nearby sandbar. Wells says people who live along rivers have always stripped occasionally, adding, “I don’t know why there should be an ordinance now.”