Daily Mail – Miami’s pristine beaches have been left strewn with trash after a free beach festival descended into chaos last weekend.
Thousands from all over Florida descended on Miami Beach on Saturday to relax, float and party at the biannual event.
But Miami officials and environmental groups were enraged after festival goers left behind a trashed beach covered in hundreds of discarded inflatables, bottles and plastic.
While attendees complained about widespread drug use, drug dealing and ‘idiots’ bringing knives and smashing bottles. …
Mayor Philip Levine and Commissioner Michael Grieco has now vowed to ban future Floatopias to protect the local environment.
In a furious Facebook rant, Levine warned that “the disruption to our beaches, residents and visitors caused by Floatopia will NOT be tolerated.” …
He went on to say that Floatopia Miami had rapidly grown since it was founded in 2012 and was now “simply too large and disruptive” and “has a very adverse impact on our quality of life, public safety and natural resources.”
Mayor Levine and Commissioner Grieco can spare us the “This is why we can’t have nice things” act. They knew exactly what they were getting into when they signed off on Floatopia in the first place.
Chaos and rioting has a tradition at Floatopia since the very beginning, way back in 2012. It comes with the territory. You can’t put thousands of Miami Beach bods together, put them in bathing suits and let them casually bob on inflatables and not expect them to run wild. It’s human nature. Simple biochemistry. All that testosterone, estrogen, pheromones, salt water mixed with drugs and booze? You might as well just get everyone high on amyl nitrate and declare The Purge has begun. It’s a recipe for destruction, mayhem and litterbugging. So they brought this on themselves.
I guess my only question is, where does a guy in a bathing suit even carry a knife? But regardless, Green Harbor Beach in Marshfield never sounded so good.
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