Clothing optional condo community making a splash in Tampa

clothing optional swimmingJust when I thought marketing schemes couldn’t get much wackier, I hear about The Arbors at Branch Creek in Tampa, Florida.  Sales in this condo conversion community have been sluggish, so developers thought making one of the two pools in the community “clothing optional”. 

The AP article about the community shares that  “The complex Web site shows a barebacked woman meditating next to a steaming hot tub, and promises: “You’re going to be very comfortable with our dress code. Our residents are welcome to shed more than their inhibitions as they enter the gates of Eden. Because when our residents come home after a busy day in the working world, they want to completely unburden themselves, shed the trappings of the outside world … and be totally free.” 

Uhhh… no, not really.  I can’t think of anything that would make me less comfortable than sitting around my community pool surrounding by naked people.  The model in the video aside, I’ll venture to guess that most of the “unburdened bods” who have freed themselves from the burden of a bathing suit are probably not anything I would want to see.  I know they’re calling it the “Gates of Eden”, but I’m pretty sure Adam & Eve never ate a Big Mac, Fries & a Shake.

I wonder if this idea will catch on?  There are plenty of condo communities in the valley where sluggish sales are pretty common.  If it does…maybe buying stock in sun block would be a smart move. 


  1. If every developer here that is desperate to sell took the same approach , the whole state of Florida would be walking around naked. 🙂

  2. News reports on the “widening” of Americans..I’m thinking naked is not a good sales tactic! 🙂

  3. Terry says:

    Obviously you have never tried it. 5 min without clothes in a comfortable atmosphere and you will see why clothing-optional recreation is the fastest growing activity in recent history. It is the most freeing feeling in the world because it takes off all the masks we wear and makes us all equal.

  4. Hi Terry,
    You’re right. I’ve never tried it and I can honestly say it’s really not for me. Kinda like eating liver. I’ve never tried that either. Different strokes for different folks as they say. I have no desire to let it all hang out and have even less desire to see anyone else’s “all” hanging out. 🙂 Put power to you!