JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "The Nudement" is gaining momentum. Nearly 1400 people have signed an online petition on Change.org to designate a one mile stretch of Jax Beach as clothing optional. Soon dozens of people from the Jacksonville area plan to strike a pose in the nude as part of a promotional shoot.
Angela Anderson says since "The Nudement" has gained media attention she's heard it all.
"People have downright called me a baboon for what I'm doing," said Anderson.
The Jacksonville native proclaims she's in this fight for the long haul. With a promotional shoot set in a couple of weeks at a private location, Anderson plans to tastefully share nude images of Jacksonville residents on social media sites within reason to help build momentum.
"Simple nudity is family friendly and it is non-sexual," said Anderson. "Once people can get the sexual part of it out of their minds they won't be afraid of it as much."
Despite the support Anderson says she has gained Jacksonville Beach Mayor, Charlie Latham says he's hearing otherwise.
"I can assure you that I've gotten a lot of feedback from Jacksonville Beach residents and 100 percent have been anti nudist beach," said Mayor Latham.
Anderson plans to hit the streets of Jax Beach with her petition and pen in hand attempting to gain signatures from residents there in support of "The Nudement." She'll also begin training sessions with a group that helps to regulate Haulover Beach, in Miami which is a popular clothing optional beach.
"One thing we have to keep in mind too is we're not a secluded beach so you're either going to be in front of businesses or homes." said Mayor Latham. "And is that really the right environment for a nude beach? Probably not."
Retired National Park Service Law Enforcement Ranger, John Wilkins says he has worked at some of Florida's clothing optional beaches at Canaveral National Seashore and in Miami. Wilkins says he's seen firsthand the sexual misconduct that comes along with nude beaches. Anderson says the clothing optional section of the beach would be regulated. Jax Beach Police declined to be interviewed for this story.