Planned Palm Valley party on Intracoastal prompts excitement, concern
By Amanda Williamson Fri, Jul 3, 2015 @ 10:18 pm | updated Sat, Jul 4, 2015 @ 9:19 am
Palm Valley residents want to throw a floating neighborhood party — complete with makeshift rafts, inflatable tubes and floating coolers — on a skinny stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway the day after the Fourth of July.
Palm Valley residents want to throw a floating neighborhood party — complete with makeshift rafts, inflatable tubes and floating coolers — on a skinny stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway the day after the Fourth of July, one of the busiest boating weekends of the year.
What could go wrong?
The Coast Guard seems to think a lot.
The law enforcement agency dubbed Valley Palooza, which encourages friends and families to celebrate the holiday weekend floating lazily down the waterway, the equivalent of a “flash mob.”
With more than 2,000 people invited to attend, the Palooza’s social media page generated a lot of excitement in the month since its inception. It has, however, also raised concerns with community members and law enforcement.
Already, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville plans, alongside local and state law enforcement agencies, to ensure boats are on scene to mitigate any potential risks, said Commander Alisa Praskovich, chief of the prevention department.
“If, given the sheer number of people, the waterway becomes clogged or it threatens the safety, then the Coast Guard would have the full jurisdiction to respond,” she said. “Truthfully, the greatest risk, presuming alcohol, would be a possible search and rescue. When you have that many people in the water, it can impede travel.”
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