ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – An unexpected float party scheduled for Sunday on St. Pete Beach has city officials cramming to get ready.
The Blue Wave Float event is hosted by a local rap artist, and officials are expecting a large turnout. Forgiato Blow said he just wants to have a good time, but neighbors feel it could bring a wave of headaches.
In just days, the beach could be packed with hundreds of partygoers at the Don Cesar Hotel, where the event is advertised to take place. “We’re not coming out there to be detrimental to the beach,” Blow said.
The St. Petersburg native announced the party on Facebook, but city officials say they were’t informed about the event. A city employee noticed the posting and brought it to the mayor’s attention. A permit is required for events with 200 people or more.
“If I would have went to the mayor to try to get a permit, they wouldn’t have gave me one, first of all,” Blow said.
The buzz about the party has traveled to nearby neighborhoods. Residents say traffic will be an issue.
“Traffic out on the boulevard will be bumper to bumper,” Betty Hammond said.
“You can’t get here. There’s one bridge in and one bridge out,” Laura Manning, another neighbor, said.
Neighbors are also worried about the unexpected number of attendees that show up. A similar event last month in Miami left the beach trashed.
Mayor Maria Lowe is hustling to get extra emergency crews scheduled. “Even though this seems to be occurring in spite of not having a permit, it really puts everyone in a position to have to respond and it then becomes the responsibility of the taxpayer for someone else’s gathering,” Lowe said.
She just hopes partygoers are respectful. “Be responsible and be respectful to the community if you’re going to gather here,” the mayor said.
Blow said he’s promoting a clean party without drugs, drinking or drama.
Lowe and Blow plan to meet Thursday to discuss a possible cleanup effort and proper planning for future events.