ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – The mayor, business owners and residents of St. Pete Beach are gearing up for the biggest beach party they’ve ever seen. But few seem happy about it.
Local rapper Forgiato Blow organized the Blue Wave Float Event on social media — and has already seen 180,000 hits. But, there’s a couple of issues.
First, Blow didn’t get a permit. Parking is an issue – and what about traffic? What happens if more than 10,000 people show up here in cars — and emergency vehicles can’t get through? This get together is causing quite the controversy here in St. Pete Beach.
Blow took to social media to advertise the Blue Wave Float Event. It’s not a performance or an organized event – more of a meet and greet he says – a gathering of friends and fans. So why would he need to pull a permit?
“You know, what would they do right now if it was spring break and two colleges didn’t even post this and they were coming down here and getting folks, took over the beach. Next thing you know there’s five thousand people on the beach. You can’t just turn the beach off. They showed up!” Blow said.
That argument doesn’t float with St. Pete Beach Mayor Maria Lowe.
“Passionate? This is where I live. This is my home. People come here as our guests. Am I passionate? Yes,” Lowe said. “Once you are an entertainer, and you want to be in the business of entertainment, it becomes a business. And that means with great power comes great responsibility. You now have the eyes, ears the ability to reach out to people – to organize them. And it becomes a central nexus for organization. And so you knowingly have created a draw to a single point in time creating an impact.”
People who live and work in the area are also concerned. Kimberly Melendi Mlack’s family has had property out here since the 30s.
“I don’t know it’s not fair to these people. A lot of elderly people live here. This is their home and this is a safe place. Tomorrow’s going to be this huge party. And nobody is ready for it,” Mlack said.
So the real question — how many people do we expect out here tomorrow? It’s hard to say. Blow tells me if ten percent of the people who’ve viewed the commercial about the party show up, it could be in excess of 18,000.
The mayor tells me the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is beefing up patrols in the area, on the ground, in the air and on the water. She hopes guests will respect those in uniform.CLICK HERE to see what Mayor Maria Lowe posted to her Facebook page to the residents of St. Pete Beach.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW:
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