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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Florida -- A petition that recently hit Change.org aims to turn a one mile stretch of Jacksonville Beach into a place free of tan lines.

In the online petition aimed at Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham, Jacksonville resident Angela Anderson asks that a section of Jax Beach be "clothing optional".

In the petition, Anderson writes:

"Just as we have given way to respect other's cultures and our environment, we must allow others to practice their beliefs."

Anderson asserts that the practice of nudism is "nonsexual" and being nude serves as a personal comfort and a stronger sense of freedom.

"It's not happening on my watch," Mayor Latham told our news partner The Florida Times-Union.

Anderson continued by saying the impact of the change would be minor:

"Jacksonville Beach stretches out over 22 sq miles, with around 4.1 miles of sandy beach land (jacksonvillebeach.org). With only one mile designated as clothing optional, more than 3.1 miles of the beach would still be left as "clothing-required" (--or however you want to term it--). In this we give way for everyone to go to the beach however they choose."

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the petition had just over 200 digital signatures.

"I am asking that the city of Jacksonville allow all people to practice our personal freedom and designate one mile of Jacksonville Beach as clothing optional. If you agree, please sign your name and spread the word," Anderson writes.

Latham to the Times Union he wants the beach to be as family friendly as possible.

!0 News wants to know what Bay area residents think about this petition:

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