San Luis Obispo County parks officials want to turn a nude beach into a family-friendly destination.

They plan to ask the Board of Supervisors to consider purchasing 32 acres of Pirates Cove, a stretch of sand south of Avila Beach. Although the beach is on private property, county general services director Janette Pell said many people go there to sunbathe in the buff.

If supervisors agrees to buy the land for $1.25 million, Pell said they would have to consider an ordinance restricting the current clothing-optional behavior of some visitors.

Officials say the purchase would allow rangers to patrol the nearby parking lot and trail, where there have been numerous arrests for drug use and lewd activities.