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St Pete Beach float party peaceful as promised


ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – St. Pete Beach rapper Forgiato Blow promised a violence-free Blue Wave Float Event, and he delivered.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri estimates more than a thousand fans showed up for the beach party.

“We were prepared for it and we let them know that we were,” Gualtieri said at the sheriff’s office command post at the St. Pete Beach City Hall. “And we told them what the rules were, he knew what the rules were and they followed the rules and that’s the way it should work.”

Blow went back and forth with the city prior to the event: Mayor Maria Lowe urging that he get a permit for the event, Blow telling the city he didn’t need one. Blow advertised the get together on social media. More than 180,000 fans clicked on the link. The turnout was smaller than expected, but Lowe believes the crowd would have had fewer frustrations had Blow paid for a permit.

“I think that he could’ve had a far more successful experience if he had been permitted and his fans would not be suffering from their vehicles being towed and from having no place to park,” Lowe said.

Across the street from the event, dozens of partiers parked in the Dolphin Village Shopping Center. There are signs all over the parking lot warning drivers their cars would be towed if they weren’t shopping. Several who attended the party learned the hard way those signs aren’t just for show.

Many residents are business owners breathing a sigh of relief. The party is over. There were no issues and their beach is not trashed. That being said, residents like Kimberly Melendi Mlack aren’t asking for a repeat performance.

“Never. So much anxiety about this and nothing really happened here,”  Mlack said, from the home her family has owned since the 1930s. “I don’t know what’s going on up there but nothing happened here.”

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