I just don't understand why so many clubs can't make a go of it when there seems to be so much demand for a nice nudist resort in NY and elsewhere.
Economics plays a major role. We are in a recession, despite the BS from Washington. People are hurting. The last thing on their minds is wasting the gas for the car and the money for the grounds fees to get a day naked in the sun.
From the club's perspective as a business, there are overhead expenses that must be paid no matter how much or little income they have. Energy costs, taxes, insurance, wages, maintenance, perhaps loans, and on and on.
Clubs that overreach by expanding and adding new facilities when it is economically unjustifiable, on the faulty premise expounded in Field of Dreams
-- "If you build it, he (they) will come!" -- will be even harder hit, because they will NOT come. People are not going to adopt nudism just because a club is made bigger and better.
When it reaches the point where hoping that the very small percentage of the populace who are nudists will support the club is no longer viable, a decision must be made, with only two realistic options.
1. Convert to textile only to draw from a far larger base of potential customers.
2. Close the gates.
Bonita, like any northern US club, has the added burden of being unable to run year round. With luck, they might have six months of acceptable weather. However, a lot of the bills are monthly, requiring that the club make enough money when open to pay them when it is closed.
I have the deepest admiration for the clubs in the top half of the country that can make a go of it, but I envision that more of them will be switching or closing.