I read the article regarding beaches in Isla Vista being closed off for two consecutive weekends and upset students arguing the illegality of prohibiting public access, but did anything come from the protests? As a born and bred IV native (1988, 6892 Trigo Rd), I remember floatopia as a fun, local event. But as the Facebook event became established, populations jumped and so did stupidity. Though I’m merely 22, it seems strikingly obvious to me that if the students were to

a) clean up their trash (cigarette butts, bottles, cans, food),

b) prevent human waste on the beaches,

c) refrain from juvenile activities such as throwing bottles off cliffs into groups of people, and

d) look out for and respect one another (avoiding fights, assisting people who have drunk too much, and general other common human courtesies),

then the city wouldn’t be so adamant about stopping this event from happening. My peers, if we act like overgrown children, that’s how we’ll be treated. How about you stop protesting and demonstrate that you can do something like this without destroying the environment and harming one another? Or is that impossible, and do we need Big Brother to regulate our lives like the children who destroyed this event with their imbecilic, irreverent behavior? Choice=yours.


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