Floatopia event raises concerns about beach safety and debris

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Photo from keepitsurreal via Flickr

Photo from keepitsurreal via Flickr

There is much debate over the alcohol ban at local beaches. Proponents of both sides have valid points, but no matter what side of the aisle you are on we can all agree: San Diego beaches are beautiful and we have the right to enjoy them in a clean and safe environment.

The Entertainer previously reported that the Spring Break 2010 version of Floatopia will be held this Saturday, March 20th. Floatopia, a huge gathering of local residents who take advantage of a loop hole in San Diego’s liquor laws, sees crowds of over 8,000 people.

Saturday is officially the first day of spring, and many people will be out along Mission Bay to celebrate the return of warmer weather. Local law enforcement, lifeguards, and safety personnel will be on scene to make sure those in the water and on the beach are safe.

In addition to public safety, the safety and cleanliness of Mission Bay is a concern. has launched a “Float Responsibly” campaign to help keep San Diego bays clean for residents.

Similar Floatopia events in the past have left the bay unusable for days, if not weeks, due to water pollution and trash left behind by event guests.

San Diego Parks and Recreation do not condone or support the event in any way, however in an effort to keep the bay clean, they will be placing extra trash cans around the bay as well large floating trashcans in the bay to help deal with the increased trash produced by such a large crowd.

Photo from mikebaird via Flickr

Photo from mikebaird via Flickr

Throughout the day will be handing out garbage bags to attendees and providing them with an area to drop their trash at the end of the event. The initiative to “Float Responsibly” not only helps in the short term, but also helps maintain a healthy environment. will have the trash sorted and recycled.  Proceeds of recycling will be donated back to San Diego Parks and Recreation.

“What it comes down to is partying responsibly and keeping the bay safe for residents. We’re all locals and we take pride in our city. We want to keep it clean,” said co-founder of Griffin Thall.

So whether or not you want to participate, please remember to keep the bay clean. San Diego beaches and bays are here for us all to enjoy no matter if alcohol is involved or not.

San Diego resident for over 10 years, I now call this beautiful city home. Originally from the Bay Area, I'm a California girl at heart. I love the outdoors, fitness, food, and a good craft beer (from San Diego of course).


  1. Steve

    March 19, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Thats awesome. Floatopia last time was sick. But I live on the bay and it was pretty messed up after the last event. Good to see someone trying to keep the place clean.

  2. alex

    March 19, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Good for the environment… good for your wallet. Ive been using for the longest time. Best happy hours from all over SD. Keep up the good work.

  3. EEP339

    March 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Give us back our drinking on beaches and we wont have to have these events…. too many conservatives that don’t even use the beach voted the drinkers out….

  4. SW

    March 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I am a Home owner In PB. I originally voted to ban on the beach..Since then Home values have dropped significantly,(Young People Do not want to rent here anymore) Many businesses have folded shop. and my neighbors have parties every friggen weekend.
    If I would have known this outcome I would have definately changed my vote!!
    Sometimes you just have to go with the lesser of two evils!

  5. NT

    March 20, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Screw this event, the water was freaking muddy and just nasty. I ended up cutting my foot open on a broken glass bottle that someone sunk to the bottom of the water. REALLY! Who the hell sinks a broken bottle, at least if it were on the beach I could have avoided it.

  6. M. Y.

    March 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I used to own a lovely condo with a great view of Sail Bay (North Mission Bay). Noisy drunken parties on the beach ruined my enjoyment of my condo and I eventually sold it at a loss. Would you like living on a quiet suburban street and having thousands of people descend on your front lawn with loud amplified music, fights, lots of peeing and pooping, and all of them drunk or drugged? Well, that’s what’s happening in PB. And that’s why the properties values are down. All you can do there is party. You can’t work at home any more and often you can’t sleep at night. If you’re older than 18, that’s not acceptable. People who look at property down in that area should, by law, be shown videos of these events, of the Thunderboats and unlimited drag boats, and similar disruptions and disturbance of the peace.

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