BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — You've heard of nude beaches, but how about a nude dude ranch?
A multi-million-dollar lottery winner in Florida is riling some by opening up his own. Tim Clements hit a $3.3 million jackpot in 2004, and wanted to return to the farm life he grew up in.
Clements, 50, became fed up with strangers asking him for money in Ormond Beach, Florida, so he bought a secluded ranch on the other side of the state.
He and David Jennings, co-owner of the ranch, say the farm is secluded enough to be in the buff. They named it the "CJ Dude Ranch", taking the first letter of each man's surname.
"I just named it for us two dudes," he said to the St. Petersburg Times.
But they have two big problems — local zoning laws and a nudity ban in Hernando County. Clements and Jennings opened up a bed-and-breakfast on the ranch and made it "clothing optional".
When their neighbors learned of the set-up, they complained to local authorities, citing a legislation enacted in 2002 that bans nudity in public.
The business is now under investigation and could be shut down.
"God blessed me with a gift," Clements said. "All I wanted to do was have a place to play and I was so far hidden, I didn't even think about it."
"I just thought I was creating a cute little 10-acre dude ranch."
Clements says they'll try to get the necessary paperwork, but if they can't get approval he'll close the CJ Ranch again to all but friends.
Though their Web site says clothing is optional, there is a caveat: Everyone "must wear pants and boots to ride the horses."
Thanks to jackpotismine for the tip.