"We were born naked. None of us came here with clothes on to begin with. And it's so peaceful and relaxing," explained Joe Wagner of Orlando, Fla., sipping a beverage with his wife, Cindy, and three fellow nudists at a poolside table.
The Wagners first sampled the clothing-free lifestyle about a dozen years ago at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort & Spa in Kissimmee, Fla. Now, the couple lists Cocoa Beach's sole naturist establishment as a favorite destination.
"Look around," Cindy Wagner said, waving her arm at bare-skinned sunbathers around the pool. "You can be 100 pounds. You can be 500 pounds. No one cares."
After nearly going under as a struggling motel, Fawlty Towers reopened May 1 as a re-branded, clothing-optional resort. Now, manager David Broad says weekend business is brisk, and the no-clothes strategy has saved the 32-room facility from fiscal oblivion. It has also made it one of a growing number of resorts establishing nudist-friendly facilities as a way to weather the lingering economic downturn.