Mar 29, 2011 12:54 PM by Bethany Tucker, KSBY News

Isla Vista beaches closed this weekend for 'Floatopia'

Santa Barbara County officials are taking precautions ahead of an annual beach party that's known for drawing rowdy crowds to Isla Vista.

The Santa Barbara County Parks Department says it is closing all beaches at Isla Vista this Saturday and Sunday, April 2nd and 3rd due to the potential for a "Floatopia" event.

Back in 2009, county officials say the beaches at Isla Vista were left trashed with debris, including human waste. Because of that, the County Parks Department chose to close down the beaches at Isla Vista for the 2010 "Floatopia." Last year, sheriff's deputies say about 8,000 people still turned out for the party, but they say everyone complied with the beach closures.

Last year, 31 people were arrested and about 140 citations were handed out at "Floatopia." Deputies say those citations were mostly alcohol-related offenses. Twelve people had to be taken to the hospital for last year's event.

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