Final Floatopia?

The floating party could be deflated next month.

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Britt Peterson
The beach booze ban rebels floated again.
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But it might be the last time.
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Floatopia set sail Saturday at Fanuel Park and Sail Bay in Pacific Beach.
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More than 3900 people tentatively RSVP'd to the event, but by 2 p.m. there were only about 200.
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One resident says he doesn't mind the Floatopia.
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"I don't mind it too much as long as it stays under control," said Mike Matthes, owner of Computer Help La Jolla.
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Matthes, who works out of his home next to Fanuel Park, says there are plenty of resources on stand-by if the party gets out of control.
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"Last time they were here it was fine," Matthes said.
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During the event last year, Matthes said after a fight broke out police broke up the party.
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All 3000 party-goers were told to leave the area, he said the beach was cleared out in 30 to 45 minutes.
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Matthes, a Pacific Beach resident for 20 years, said the Floatopia event is actually tame compared to previous summers when alcohol was legal on the beach.
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"The beaches are much calmer now," he said.
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Since the ban, partiers have gone to great lengths to ensure they are still able to party, including holding events like Floatopia and other festivities.
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Police and Lifeguards are calling for the booze ban to be extended through Mission Bay and out 3 miles from San Diego's oceanfront.
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A measure approved by City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee could close a loophole in Proposition D, which city voters passed by a wide margin in November 2008 and banned alcohol consumption on San Diego's beaches.
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The measure now moves to the full council, but even if the crackdown is fast-tracked and passed, it would not go into effect until late August at the earliest.
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Personal watercraft such as sailboats motorboats, rowboats and paddleboats would be exempted from the proposed ban.
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