Thousands attend Floatopia in PB

March 21, 2010 No Comments

For the second year in a row, partiers found a way to float around San Diego’s beach booze ban. Revelers took advantage of a loophole that allows alcohol consumption in the water. The ban was approved in 2008.

Over 5000 people showed up for Floatopia 2010 on Saturday carrying floats of every shape and size. Grown men could be seen wearing children’s arm floaties while others used aero beds as a float.

“It’s been good,” said Prince Ghuman standing in the water with a beer. “When I first moved to San Diego, alcohol wasn’t allowed on the beach and stuff so I like that there’s kind of a loophole.”

There were some tense moments as San Diego Lifeguards searched for a missing man. Lifeguards got a report the man may have gotten so drunk he could have slipped under the water unnoticed.

“We started to clear the area so that we could begin a search,” said Lt. Andy Lerum. “During that time the person was found unharmed on the beach.”

San Diego Lifeguards said they were surprised so many people showed up considering the cold water and the fact that it is early on in the season. San Diego Police made a number of arrests for underage drinking.

“Certainly we’ve made arrests for public drunkenness,” said San Diego Police Department Capt. Christopher Ball. “There’ve been a couple of people who have gone to the hospital for alcohol poisoning, but for the most part it’s been a very well behaved crowd.”

Estee Gubbay said she didn’t realize today was the day to celebrate Floatopia in Pacific Beach. She came to the shore with her family.

“We just came out here for a nice family afternoon at Fanuel Park so my kids can go on the swings and we started seeing the floaties about 10 blocks back,” she said. “We knew something fun was going on here today.” The Gubbay family left shortly thereafter.

“We’re going back to Del Mar where it’s more our style,” she laughed.

Source: KSWB-TV

By Erica Fox FOX 5 San Diego Staff

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