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County Closes Isla Vista Beaches to Sink ‘Floatopia’

With shoreline party quashed, students plan alternate event on Del Playa Drive

The ‘Floatopia’ event in 2009, above, drew thousands of revelers to the beaches of Isla Vista. Santa Barbara County officials announced Thursday they were closing the beaches this weekend to prevent a repeat of the event, which led to sanitation and trash problems, as well as numerous injuries and arrests.

The ‘Floatopia’ event in 2009, above, drew thousands of revelers to the beaches of Isla Vista. Santa Barbara County officials announced Thursday they were closing the beaches this weekend to prevent a repeat of the event, which led to sanitation and trash problems, as well as numerous injuries and arrests.  (Scott Bull photo)

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper |

Santa Barbara County officials announced Thursday that they’ll be shutting down the beaches in Isla Vista this weekend to prevent a giant party planned on the shoreline.

In 2009, “Floatopia” brought thousands of partygoers to the community’s beaches—all without permits or permission—leaving the area strewn with trash and debris, and resulting in numerous injuries and arrests.

In order to prevent the group from forming again, the beaches will be shut down on Saturday and Sunday, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Community Services Department.

“This large scale event with thousands of participants had no provision for the health and well being of the public, including no facilities for human sanitation or refuse collection,” the county’s statement said.

The county has closed the beaches every April since 2010 to prevent the event from happening again.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department will enforce this weekend’s closure.

While the county works to keep people off the beach, others are already planning festivities this weekend on Del Playa Drive, coining the event “Deltopia,” just yards from the beach.

According to the group’s Facebook page, over 7,300 people are attending the event over the weekend, with more than 1,000 responding that they’ll maybe attend.

The post calls the street “the new place to party and destroy.”

“If you live on Del Playa, it’s expected of you to host some sort of party to contribute to Deltopia,” the post said, adding that locals will be on hand to “keep things weird on the decks.”

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» on 04.05.13 @ 08:13 PM

Makes me sick to think of how the students will get away with murder (Figuratively Speaking) Perhaps if the parents are faced with the charges things may change. Who knows?

» on 04.06.13 @ 07:59 PM

No matter how many Nobel laureates UCSB musters, or how hard their chancellor works on image-buffing, every time the “student body” goes national as the major sponsor of another public orgy of planned inebriation, UCSB’s image gets set backa couple of miles.

And who wants to bet that, besides the Police blotter list of dozens of passed-out drunken students, swept up to County Jail at 2AM, there won’t be the usual one or two who walk off the edge of the IV cliffs, into the rocks below, this weekend, withthe usual assortment of broken bones and broken bodies?

Gratitude to the County, and the Sheriff, for not allowing these sotted clowns
to destroy the public beaches again this year.

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