Some examples of the continuing coverage of how destructive Floatopia was to Ocean Park beach & neighborhood.
Others reported seeing people who could barely walk get behind the wheel and drive home. Some were so inebriated they couldn’t find their cars.
Many of the residents said that they felt laws weren’t enforced and that the city has ignored residents’ complaints about the event for years.
“Ocean Park is the dumping ground of Virginia Beach,” said Todd Parker, a neighborhood resident. “They love to collect our taxes, but we are the stepchild to the Oceanfront.”
Virginia Beach police said Shelby Ross Oliver left her baby and 7-year-old child alone for hours at the “Floatopia” event in [Ocean Park].
Many who spoke were angry and said the city should’ve been ready for the event. Although the amount of litter left behind on the beach is what dominated headlines, people who live out here said the issue is way bigger than the trash.
“I don’t know why I didn’t call the city.” Said self proclaimed Floatopia organizer.
Possible charges for the self proclaimed Floatopia organizer are pending.