The Suncoast Naturists (SCN) organization was founded in 2000 to serve the Sarasota/Venice geographic areas and has continued to grow since that date.
The organization was originally formed with three distinct purposes in mind: 1. To provide, a clothing-optional venue in which local nudists and naturists can socialize with like-minded people. 2. To provide advice and counsel to local elected and appointed officials to help them deal with simple nudity issues as they arise on private and public lands. 3. To campaign for legally designated areas within local county owned spaces for clothing-optional recreation.
The Suncoast Naturists has in the past been an active member of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce and continues to participate occasionally in the functions of that organization. SCN is also an affiliated member of both The Naturist Society (TNS) and the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR). The Suncoast Naturist sponsors a diverse array of social activities for it's members, including pool parties at member’s homes, boating trips to local barrier islands, weekend trips to nudist resorts, croquet parties, and monthly dinners held at area wide restaurants.