There was an interesting article in the Sunday edition of the UK's Independent here.
Apparently, the Brits are aghast about reports of a "growing number of gay orgies taking place on its famed sand dunes" in the National Seashore preserve around Provincetown and nearby Truro. The article, written by the paper’s Los Angeles-based reporter, claims that 132 men have been prosecuted for lewd behavior on Cape Cod last summer.
Talk about a news flash.
The piece called "Cape Cod no place for Puritans," which describes in detail some of the alleged "hanky-panky," gives anecdotes about innocent families stumbling on these group scenes that reportedly involve up to 30.
From my perspective, the way the writer describes the sex acts rattles off less like an actual news feature and more like soft-core porn.
Jeff Jaran, Provincetown’s new police chief, tells the reporter he’s putting his foot down on the supposed new trend of outdoor public sex acts.
"It's not acceptable, decent, moral behavior," Jaran tells the British paper. "There are places to go and do those types of things."
According to the piece here, Jaran has employed 13 officers to fine offenders and is handing out awareness leaflets to local bar and hotel owners.
Mary Ann Bragg at The Cape Cod Times initially broke the news here in a more objective, less sensational way.
I'm heading to Ptown next weekend to, um, investigate.