Final Floatopia?

The floating party could be deflated next month.

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Britt Peterson
The beach booze ban rebels floated again.
But it might be the last time.
Floatopia set sail Saturday at Fanuel Park and Sail Bay in Pacific Beach.
More than 3900 people tentatively RSVP'd to the event, but by 2 p.m. there were only about 200.
One resident says he doesn't mind the Floatopia.
"I don't mind it too much as long as it stays under control," said Mike Matthes, owner of Computer Help La Jolla.
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.
"Last time they were here it was fine," Matthes said.
During the event last year, Matthes said after a fight broke out police broke up the party.
All 3000 party-goers were told to leave the area, he said the beach was cleared out in 30 to 45 minutes.
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.
"The beaches are much calmer now," he said.
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.
Police and Lifeguards are calling for the booze ban to be extended through Mission Bay and out 3 miles from San Diego's oceanfront.
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.
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.
Personal watercraft such as sailboats motorboats, rowboats and paddleboats would be exempted from the proposed ban.
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