Isla Vista Beaches Closed for Deltopia Weekend

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The UCSB campus and Isla Vista beaches will close this Saturday and Sunday in preparation for the highly anticipated street party Deltopia. Five years ago, authorities decided to close the beaches the first weekend in April after the infamous “Floatopia”— in which thousands flocked to the beaches with rafts and booze on the first Saturday of spring quarter — became too rowdy and unsanitary. In response, social media advocates created a street version of the beach bash. Some parking lots — labeled by Transportation and Parking Services Signs — will also be closed from Friday to Sunday evening.

“The ‘Floatopia’ event in 2009 failed to provide for the appropriate health, safety, or well-being provisions necessary for a large scale public event, to include sanitation or refuse collections,” said Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Marc Fisher in an email to the campus community. “Because of safety and health concerns, the University of California, Santa Barbara Police Department will be enforcing the campus beach closure and TPS will be enforcing the parking restrictions.”


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closing the beach really helped, didn't it....

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 9:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Police State...

This is why most young people hate the police. Hypocrisy and oppression.

Sam_Tababa (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 10:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The more you clamp down, the greater the thirst becomes for freedom.

Watch out.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 10:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah, who are the police to tell these people that they can't pollute the beaches with impunity!

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 10:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

They can tell them all they want, after or during which a crime is committed. They cannot and are not allowed to assume that a crime may or may not be committed and implement martial law.

How would this be received if they were closing the city parks to the Hispanics and their pinata waste that is littered on the lawn every single Monday?

Botany, you're one confused MoFo...

Sam_Tababa (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 1:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I am wondering if it is even in compliance with The Coastal Act to shut down access to the beach? Does the County have permission from the Coastal Commission to restrict access to the beach? If someone parks at Goleta Beach and walks up to Campus Point, can the University Police or the Sheriff arrest that person standing below the mean high tide line? This is all so silly. The County is just making it worse and the Sheriff, University Police, and Fire Fighters are all going to make a bunch of money on overtime. As I opined in another string, bringing in portapotties and dumpsters and setting up a first aid tent staffed with EMTs would be cheaper and less confrontational. The current approach is simply a huge waste of money. Big Brother cameras? Really?

Eckermann (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 1:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sure Eckerman, all that stuff can be brought in, but who's going to pay for it? The partiers? Maybe the county should supply the booz and the rafts too.

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 1:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That statement doesn't make any sense, Botany. There was virtually no pollution at the beaches in 2009 even though they got a much bigger crowd than expected and were not prepared to deal with it, it still got dealt with. Despite the BS propaganda that says there was pollution, there wasn't really any. Additionally, there were groups in 2010 willing to prepare to volunteer to help clean up after the event which was eventually cancelled.

The first year of Floatopia was much bigger than expected, yet volunteer crews picked up the trash and loaded it up to the entrance at which point the media took pictures of the trash and insinuated that it was trash that hadn't been picked up.

Also please consider that I don't care if people piss in the ocean and neither should you.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 1:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

With freedom comes responsibility.

If you act like a child, you will be treated like one.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 2:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Or, if you portend to act like a child, you will be treated like one. What happens if you act like an adult...are you still under the assumptive regulation?

brimo7272 (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 3:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Botany, ok I will spell it out for you. Instead of giving the Sheriff and the County Fire Department extra money to manage this event, you turn that money over to the County Solid Waste Department who would manage the dumpsters and portapotties and, ultimately, the final clean up. UCSB should provide the first aid tent and EMTs and do so out of their University Police budget. Believe me, this approach would be cheaper than the one they are taking. This is not rocket science or even an original idea. This approach is taken in many places (as far away as New Zealand) and everyone survives and the mess is managed. And Bill Clausen, they are not acting like children. Rather, they are acting as 20 year old college students have acted since at least the early 1800s. Some time in the 1800s (I forget the exact date) the inn keepers in Frankfurt actually locked out the students once, which resulted in the students' parents refusing to pay rent and food bills, which then caused the inn keepers to relent. This has been going on a long time and righteous indignation is not going to make it stop. So let's all get real and come up with a plan to manage the mess at the least expense possible.

Eckermann (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 5:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Eckerman, what money are you talking about? You still haven't where the money is coming from. Are the students paying for it, the taxpayers, you?

That's the issue. The taxpayers shouldn't be subsidizing drunkenness.

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 6:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Botany, the taxpayers are subsidizing this in any case. Either we pay massive amounts of overtime for police and fire fighters to play cat and mouse with the partying students or we pay a lesser amount to install some trash receptacles and a provide a tent with a couple of cots and 4 or 5 EMTs. We taxpayers have already paid a huge amount of money on this just because some student posted a party invitation on Facebook and the party has not even started yet. This is insane. The expenditure of our tax dollars are at the whim of Facebook posts? The Isla Vista students could call for a street day party every weekend from now until the end of the quarter. Is the County going to respond with the full court press every time? Can you imagine the costs. I learned a lot when I read the history of the student revolt against the Frankfurt inn keepers in the 1800s. The inn keepers were sick and tired of the debauchery and destruction of their furnishings and the random dueling bloodshed and locked the students out. Turned out that the inn keepers were relying on the income from the students' parents and when that got shut off, the inn keepers caved. UCSB and SBCC are major parts of the South Coast economy. Like it or not, that comes with 20 year olds and their debauchery. We need to get over our moral objections and figure out how to manage the mess as cheaply as possible.

Eckermann (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 8:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Assuming you're right about the expenditures, I'm sure Giselle Ayala and her family would have prevented the partying rather than funding it.

The students may be part of our economy, but it doesn't mean we need to fund their debauchery.

Not to mention the lawsuits we would incur by making the county an accessory to the hazards associated with the partying.

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 8:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Eckermann makes a lot of sense in this discussion. The way I heard it, the young woman who fell off the cliff was looking for a place to pee, which wouldn't have happened if the overseers (U + Co.) had put out some portapotties like Eckermann suggests. And who pays for any government service? Isla Vista residents pay taxes through their rents and at retail establishments. It would be interesting to know the balance of taxes paid vs. cost of services provided in Isla Vista and how much money could be saved by taking more cost-effective approaches to policing major events. I don't believe the law-enforcement approach prevented the girl from falling off the cliff nor will the new cameras.

Carmelo (anonymous profile)
April 5, 2014 at 11:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I wonder if Santa Barbara's gangbangers will be attending?

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
April 5, 2014 at 5:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"The taxpayers shouldn't be subsidizing drunkenness."

You mean, unless they call it Fiesta, right?

DarkMarcsun (anonymous profile)
April 5, 2014 at 9:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm watching the news right now and there's rioting there.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 6, 2014 at 12:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I can always count on a drunken melee in IV to prove my point for me. Enough said.

We can all hope that no one else got killed there last night.

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 6, 2014 at 6:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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