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The Return Of Floatopia


In a continuing game of beach-drinking chess, organizers of the infamous Floatopia events believe they've found a way around a San Diego law that prohibits drinking at the beach or while floating on a raft.

— Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, the Floatopia drunk-fest is making a comeback. But this time it has a new twist.

Drinking on San Diego's beaches has been banned. Drinking while floating on a raft in the water has been banned. But organizers of the Floatopia events that drew thousands of college students to Mission Bay are not giving up. Their latest idea is Rowtopia, or drinking in rowboats. Organizers believe it's a way around San Diego's ordinance because drinking is allowed on boats.

But Lifeguard Lt. John Everhart said this just means more laws come into play, including DUI.

"The person that is operating a vessel, whether it's a sailboat under sail, or boat manually propelled, like a row boat or kayak, or certainly a motor boat, cannot be intoxicated," he said.

Everhart said the bottom line is that mixing alcohol and water, no matter what you're floating on, is extremely dangerous. Rowtopia organizers are planning the event on Facebook. They said it will take place in late March.

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