If the Blue Water area was given a say in what would happen with next year’s Float Down, they might suggest that the city support it if this year’s estimated 2000 participants are any indication.
The Port Huron Float Down unofficially happened on Aug. 15, 2010 at 1 p.m. There were no serious injuries reported by The Coast Guard and law enforcement came prepared for the unsanctioned event.
The unofficial Float Down gathered much of its support from a fan page on the networking site, Facebook, where the date and time were announced “for anyone that happened to show up and float down.” despite the City of Port Huron’s debate over the events fate. There is no official number but it is speculated that over 2000 people participated, according to the non-events Facebook page. Many supporters of the event argued against the concerns of the Police Department and the Coast Guard.
To address concerns from local citizens about floaters that exited the route onto private property, the Moose Lodge provided participants with a safe and legal place to exit the water. “Our group of floaters even stopped and ‘docked’ our floats on a dock by a home alongside the river, and joined their party. They had built a giant slip-and-slide, had food and drinks, and were inviting everybody up to hang out and have a good time.” said Kirbylynn Wright-Alexander, 21 of Marysville.
The lack of incident during the Float Down has left some people in the community wondering; what about next year? According to the Facebook page, next year may have even more participants. Among suggestions for next year are: more places to exit along the beach and a more organization.
“If you’re going to have the Coast Guard out there anyway, why not just recognize it as an event and organize it?” questioned Tabitha Johnsen, 20 of Port Huron. Johnsen is among the floaters challenging city officials to sanction the Port Huron Float Down.
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