Cocoa Beach Braces For Floatopia On May 15, 2016

COCOA BEACH, Florida - A Floatopia event scheduled for May 15, 2016 has some Cocoa Beach, Florida residents worried about litter on the beach after a similar Floatopia event left trash piles for miles along Miami Beach, Florida on April 16.

Floatopia events are created through postings on social media that invite beachgoers to bring inflatable flotation devices to party out in the ocean en masse

Floatopias have been held on beaches across the United States for the last several years, but the enormous amount of trash left behind at the Miami Beach event has many beachside communities on alert.

Prior to the Cocoa Beach Floatopia, a Floatopia event in Bradenton Beach is scheduled for April 30. Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale told CBS affiliate WTSP that if too many floats obstruct the view of lifeguards, he could be able to close the beach for health and safety reasons.

The Cocoa Beach Floatopia is scheduled to occur from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the beach in front of Coconuts on the Beach at the end of Minuteman Causeway. 

Cocoa Beach Mayor Tim Tumulty said that law enforcement will already be beefed up that day for the Thunder On Cocoa Beach superboat races that will take place further to the north between Lori Wilson Park and The Cocoa Beach Pier.

"Floaties and having fun aren't against the law," said Tumulty. "But littering is and it will be enforced."

UPDATE: The City of Cocoa Beach has issued the following statement:

Social Media has been spreading information about an event at the beach at the end of Minutemen Causeway called Floatopia or a similar name. This event does not have a Special Event permit and the promoter has been informed by email, telephone,  and certified letter that the event cannot and will not take place. Coconuts on the Beach is NOT a sponsor of this event and has been working with the City to shut down this event. Coconuts on the Beach have shared on their Facebook page that the event is not happening and Coconuts on the Beach is not sponsoring nor condoning this event.

The City has been working this situation from the very beginning (starting Saturday when the post first appeared). The safety of our residents is paramount and the City will staff up just in case the word doesn’t reach all of the promoters followers.

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