by Nate Hipple
Let it be known: The first Floatopia of 2010 occurred yesterday on Mission Bay!
Apparently, nobody got the memo that Spring has only barely sprung and hence it’s still a bit nippy to be rafting with an ice chest of beer. But never ever underestimate the indomitable spirit of the people’s will to party, even when all signs tell them to behave.
When the city banned alcohol on the beach, Floatopia was the natural reaction. (It’s sort of a cross between ‘Jersey Shore’ and the movie ‘Waterworld‘).
The end result of the ban is pushing public drinking into the bay or over to neighboring balconies at waterfront apartments. This creates a “no-man’s” land at the beach, where police and lifeguards monitor the floating fiesta in a fleet of trucks, ATV’s, and one of those mobile police box-like towers that lifts into the sky on a crane. Some may argue this is another drain of city money, but don’t knock it ’til you try it.
The event was all in good fun and everybody seemed to be having a pretty good time, but I can’t help thinking about who was left out of the action. Floatopias are hardly wheelchair accessible, and if you’re the kind of person who isn’t a strong swimmer (like when you’re blowing .08 on the breath-o-meter) then you’re gonna be sipping Pepsi on the sand with the rest of America’s Finest.
But if you do enjoy a doggypaddle in a blackout, well then… Floatopia is just another neat legal loophole.
Editor: Here is the SignOnSanDiego‘s take on the Floatopia.
Jim Grant has sent us some from the Floatopia: