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Retirement living: “Back to Nature”.
Some retirement meccas aren't age-restricted, but attract a lot of seniors looking for a particular lifestyle. That's what has happened in Pasco County, Florida, where, in 2008, Realtor Paul Brenot founded the Pasco Area Naturist Development Association, or PANDA, a coalition of area naturist communities created to promote Pasco County in particular and the naturist lifestyle in general.
Since Lake Como Family Nudist Resort and Community opened in 1941, Brenot says, Pasco County has been home to "a smorgasbord of naturism, with the most diverse amenities and housing types for naturists anywhere in the world."
Under PANDA's umbrella are gated communities, co-ops, homeshares, mobile homes and RV parks. Brenot estimates about 5,000 naturists live in the area, many of them seniors who were weekend naturists before retirement.
"As people age, this is a wonderful area," Brenot says. "There are great hospitals all around us, including a good VA hospital and a university medical center, and lots of entertainment and shopping."
Local resorts offer such clothing-optional activities as water skiing, tennis, volleyball, golf, hiking trails through a nature preserve and more. "We went through a management change at some resorts," Brenot says, "and the residents were concerned they would convert to textile-only (the naturist term for the clothing-dependent), but naturism is in the deed."