Isla Vista County Beaches Closed this Weekend

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Isla Vista County Beaches Closed this Weekend
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UCSB aerial photo by John Wiley

Source: County of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara County Community Services Department has announced that the beaches at Isla Vista will be closed due to the potential for a “Floatopia” event on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 2018.  The closure is declared to prevent a re-occurrence of the conditions that resulted from the 2009 Floatopia. The Santa Barbara County Code (Section 26-11) authorizes the Community Services Department to close any County recreation area including beaches.

Following the Floatopia event in 2009, the beaches at Isla Vista were left strewn with trash and debris, including human waste. This large-scale event with thousands of participants had no provision for the health and well-being of the public, including no facilities for human sanitation or refuse collection. The County of Santa Barbara, therefore, took action to close the Isla Vista beaches for similar events since 2010.

The Floatopia event planned for April 7, 2018 is not a sanctioned event and there are no approved permits issued. As such, the County Community Services Department will declare the Isla Vista beaches closed to public entry to protect public health and safety, and to protect the beach from excessive waste and litter. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department will enforce the closure.

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a-1556264792 Apr 04, 2018 01:36 PM
Isla Vista County Beaches Closed this Weekend

HOMERS. Yes, nice photo. And nice to see someone making a positive comment. I understand why the I.V. beaches are being closed. How sad that others must suffer/stay off our beautiful beaches all because partiers can't party without littering and being destructive of beach habitat.

Laxer Apr 04, 2018 01:54 PM
Isla Vista County Beaches Closed this Weekend

It's not because they destroyed the beach. That's a false narrative. It's for the safety of the students. It's a miracle no one died that day. If everyone in the community (excluding students) went to the IV beaches this weekend, they would be forced to open it. It's illegal for them to close the beach, but the students will never question that.

Laxer Apr 04, 2018 01:54 PM
Isla Vista County Beaches Closed this Weekend

It's not because they destroyed the beach. That's a false narrative. It's for the safety of the students. It's a miracle no one died that day. If everyone in the community (excluding students) went to the IV beaches this weekend, they would be forced to open it. It's illegal for them to close the beach, but the students will never question that.

Laxer Apr 04, 2018 01:54 PM
Isla Vista County Beaches Closed this Weekend

It's not because they destroyed the beach. That's a false narrative. It's for the safety of the students. It's a miracle no one died that day. If everyone in the community (excluding students) went to the IV beaches this weekend, they would be forced to open it. It's illegal for them to close the beach, but the students will never question that.

a-1556264792 Apr 04, 2018 01:46 PM
Isla Vista County Beaches Closed this Weekend

It's not "because partiers can't party without littering and being destructive of beach habitat" now, it's because almost a DECADE ago, partiers were destructive. Don't impute the actions of the past to today's generation of college kids. You can't just assume today's students and young adults are going to do the same thing their predecessors did.

TomTomTomTom Apr 04, 2018 12:24 PM
Isla Vista County Beaches Closed this Weekend

Martial law declared on public land to offset a potential beach party? Wow, we are truly lost as a society... Next thing you know they'll make you leave your home due to a slight chance of a mudslide a mile away... What has happened to our country / society? We are truly living in bizzarro times.

a-1556264792 Apr 04, 2018 12:05 PM
Isla Vista County Beaches Closed this Weekend

Seriously? A party that happened 9 years ago is still freaking out officials so much they are closing down most of IV/Goleta for a whole weekend just to avoid the possibility of it happening again? Haha, what a joke. How about have the cops actually do their job and stop people from "floating" or whatever they did that was so terrifying 9 years ago. Time to grow up and get over it.....

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