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Apr 2, 2011 9:44 PM by Liza Sullivan (BH)

Weather, officers deflate Floatopia in Isla Vista

Floatopia turned to "No-topia" this weekend in Isla Vista.
The annual beach bash celebrates the start of Spring quarter for college students.

Not a lot of action on Del Playa Drive on Saturday. Not even a planned march protesting the closure of Isla Vista beaches for this year's Floatopia.

"Floatopia is madness, that's what it is," said Maggie Kellett, a UCSB student. "Everyone goes down to the beach and they bring their floaties and a bunch of beer and hang out."

Tyler Matteson added: "And the floats are extra fun, you tie them up, bring the kegs out, and it's just the beginning of Spring quarter before finals kick in."

Santa Barbara County law enforcement officers stood guard, and patrolled the streets, in an attempt to shut down the wild beach party-- that in 2009-- led to several arrest, dozens of hospitalizations, and left the shoreline trashed.

"I get why they do it, but it's a bummer," said Kellett. "I love going to the beach and it's been really nice weather."

So this weekend, the beaches remained calm, and the parties stayed on Del Playa Drive.

"I hope everyone is partying responsibly, and we're trying to create a safe environment and do the best we can," said Lt. Ray Vuillemainroy, of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

UC Police and CHP officers are also on patrol.

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