By Peter Covino
The American Association for Nude Recreation national headquarters is still kind of half-dressed.
The national headquarters, which has been located in Kissimmee since 1983, had a grand-reopening of sorts recently, in celebration of its new, enlarged and remodeled offices.
It will be new era for the association, which caters to people and families interested in the nudist lifestyle, and for both visitors and employees and visiting dignitaries, the new enlarged building will have a lot to offer, including an office for each one of the 12 association employees, said Dan Whicker, the association’s executive director.
But the building isn’t quite ready to show off its new face and other parts quite yet.
Whicker said the association, at 1703 North Main Street, knew it would not be quite ready for recent official grand opening, but an already scheduled meeting of board members from across the country had already been scheduled for the week, and they wanted the board to see all the new changes.
Most of the work has already been done, Whicker said. The biggest completion projects include the plumbing and then some cosmetic work. But just about any day now, all of the furniture will be in place and the place will look just like home.
Of course, the association headquarters is strictly a business operation. While many of the employees do belong to nearby Cypress Cove Nudist Resort & Spa, just out of Kissimmee, the association handles the day-to-day responsibilities for those into the nude recreation lifestyle.
The association, which has been around for 86 years, is the leading authority in North America when it comes to protecting the freedoms and rights of those who participate in family-style nude creation. The association supports more than 200 chartered clubs, resorts and campgrounds and serves more than 52 million individuals who enjoy clothing optional recreation in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
For those interested in learning more about nude recreation, stop by the new offices, but you might want to phone ahead to make sure all of the moving is done. You can also check out the website at www.aanr.com or call 800-TRY-NUDE for more information as well a the various AANR memberships that are available.