Q&A on the News

Q: Whatever happened to having the volume on commercials and shows on TV channels in sync?

— Connie Howard Propes, Gainesville

A: The Federal Communications Commission will require commercials to have the same average volume as the programs they accompany by Dec. 13, according to the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act. The FCC encourages viewers to report commercials that seem louder than the programming before the new rule takes effect. Reporting commercials to the FCC will help it identify possible problem areas and evaluate the efficiency of the rule. To file a complaint, call the FCC’s Consumer Call Center at 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322), fax it to 1-866-418-0232 or mail it to: Federal Communications Commission, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Inquiries & Complaints Division, 445 12th St. SW, Washington, DC 20554.

Q: Are there any nudist camps or beaches in Georgia or Florida?

— Rick Brewer, Smyrna

A: There are at least five in Georgia that belong to the American Association for Nude Recreation. They include Bell Acres Resort in Maysville, Hidden River Resort in St. George, Native Woods Naturists Park in Darien, Paradise Valley Resort & Club in Dawsonville and Serendipity Park in Cleveland. There are about 30 resorts or camps in Florida associated with the AANR, and Haulover Beach near Miami is considered one of the top clothing-optional beaches in the world, according to the Travel Channel. Go to www.aanr.com or to www.aanr-florida.org for more information.

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Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).