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Florida Topless Fishing Company Under Fire; 'Bikini Girl' Charters Drawing 'A Lot Of Calls'

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FORT MYERS, Florida -- Gil and Kathi Coombes have run charter boats for years, but it wasn't until January that their business really to took off.

That's when they added "bikini girl" charters.

"They will serve drinks and food and sandwiches and run out the baits and lines and do everything a regular mate would do," says Kathi Coombes, "But they're just in a bikini."

Their Ft. Pierce, Florida company, Smokin 'em Charters, features bikini-clad deck mates who, for an extra fee, will drop their tops entirely once they get a few miles off shore.

"But there's a strict no-touch policy," says Kathi.

Gil and Kathi say adding the bikinis has opened them up to bachelor parties and other group outings, keeping them booked solid 4 or 5 days a week.

"Oh it's been great. We've got a lot of phone calls, a lot of phone calls," she says.

The Smokin 'em Charter boat moved in to the Ft. Pierce city marina at the beginning of March, but it didn't last long. Not once its brochures advertising topless charters started showing up at the city's Tiki Bar restaurant.

In less than a month, marina manager Dean Kubitschek kicked the business out of the city docks.

"There's a lot of family events here. We can't have brochures with nudity or anything else having to do with it. We can't have it on city property," says Kubitschek.

But the Coombes claim discrimination.

"I don't know, I don't think it's very fair. It's not like we had full shot images or girls walking around nude on the dock. We didn't even have girls walking around in bikinis on the dock. So nothing was ever seen," says Kathi.

Since the Coombes were told to leave the city marina, they've moved to a private dock, the Harbortown Marina, where they say they don't get the same steady stream of business.

They promise a fight to bring their bikni charter back to the city marina.

Kathi Coombes says she's consulted an attorney. She's also circulating a petition to drum up support for her business.

She claims to have collected 200 signatures, which she plans to submit to the Ft. Pierce mayor and city commission.

source: http://www.11alive.com

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Reader Comments

5 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

I think it's no different from every beer commercial ever made, and a quite valid marketing strategy. It's the same as booth babes in tech or car shows, and with no touching, it should be perfectly legal.
   comment# 1   - Jet Clarke · Ontario, Canada · Apr 5, 2008 @ 4:09pm

Why can't the deck hands take it all off?
   comment# 2   - Pi · somewhere,usa · Apr 6, 2008 @ 6:37am

Well how can I get to their Charter Bus, hehe. I think It shouldn't be much of a problem. Girls go topless everywhere now a days.
   comment# 3   - Jay · Florida, U.S · Apr 7, 2008 @ 4:56am

Fort Pierce - on the map at last! Never thought I'd see it in my lifetime either - good on the girls - we desperately need some entrepreneurial spirit just like this! Girls, bikinis, boats! What's the problem - seems to be normal routine worldwide when it's decent weather? These are fishing charters, not running a floating brothel?? Goodness me, what a fuss about nothing!! Now it's reached the national press, perhaps we can expect more tourists looking for similar thrills in our small town?? Watch this space, I say!!(Reminiscent of a dreadful John Waters B movie I once saw, or was it Russ Meyers? My memory letting me down now, but remember the 'topless' bits very well)
   comment# 4   - Captain Fifi · Fort Pierce · Apr 7, 2008 @ 7:29pm

there`s too many goody 2 shoes out there but put them behind closed doors and they are no different than any on else they love nakedness they are just afraid to say it or do it themself. all I can say is leave them alone and let them show off those golden bodies.
   comment# 5   - paul · st pete / cazenovia ny · Apr 9, 2011 @ 5:18am
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