The following photos and text outline the 'hard work, determination, and dedication by the Sunnier Palms Members and Volunteers who have over the last 25 years made Sunnier Palms a true cooperative and providing a pristine environment that enriches the spirit and freedom of nudity.
A Thank You To All!
SunnY Palms was established in Florida City in 1948 by Reed Supplee, an American Nudist pioneer. By 1984, Reed was in ill health and in his second marriage to a non-nudist, when she unbeknownst to members got a contract to sell the beautiful prisine 40 acre pine forest (Members Lodge) to du Pont. The sale was contingent on a zoning change. When members and neighboring property owners finally learned of the potential sale, all rallied to keep du Pont out with many of the nearby farmers fearing that duPont would use the property for testing explosives. Despite a valient effort against it, Dade County allowed the zoning change and members who were for the most part absent over the mosquito ridden Florida City summers were contacted to remove everything in a matter of days.
Sunnier Palms Not-For Profit-Corporation formed.
Having organized members and neighbors to fight the zoning change, a trio of members organized a re-location search committee, which soon grew to incorporate SunnIER Palms as a not-for-profit corporation. Sunnier Palms adapted a fundamental non-profit co-op concept of the successful White Thorn Co-Operative Nudist Park on the Pennsylvania Ohio border.
The Search Contiunes. A Plan.
After much frustration with Dade County the search committee broaden the land search to at one point, to include Australia. Ulimately, Sunnier's consulting biologist, David Southall advised the search be limited to Vero on the East Coast and Fort Myers on the West Coast, as Sunnier's was to include projects on the land. That diagonal line Southall drew across the state represented the most friendly area for agriculture projects including rare fruit.
During the search, Sunnier considered buying undeveloped land with a beautiful plan that married the agriculture project with residential. Then in 1991 , the search committee turned to existing RV parks for sale and found Timberland Park in rural St. Lucie County. On our first visit to see the park, we discovered adjacent road side general store, swampy field, and pine forest. Treasurer Barry made the sale of the already developed RV park contingent on that the owner get adjacent property owners to sell as well. Timberland developer Cambell successfully bought the adjacent property owners into the package and agreed to carry the mortage. On August 2, 1992 Timberland Park became Sunnier Palms Members' Lodge, Inc.
The properties were secured by on-interest bearing loans from 8 founding families, which funded many improvements and business start up costs. Fortunately, Sunnier had paying visitors before we had a gate. Those and many 1000's of other visitors in the past 20 years, have paid the mortage on time, funded a major city water project, repaired Sunnier's hurricane damage and continue to fund improvements. A true co-operative, Sunnier owes todays beauty and freedom to enjoy a natural community to all the members tolunteers who have labored long and hard over the 20 years since 1992 to all who visit and call Sunnier Palms thier home. A home where "It Is Always Sunnier At Sunnier Palms" .
Historical contribution provided by T.A. Thank You!
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