Please note: Floatopia did not take place in “Chicks Beach”. It was in Ocean Park.
“Lots of floats, lots of wood, lots of things to party with. Beer cans and different types of food. Sock were everywhere,” Marino said.
Appalled and disgusted by the trash, long time Virginia Beach resident Melissa Noel posted a video to Facebook to help spread the word of keeping the beaches clean.
“All kinds of garbage, trash, bottles, towels, pieces of clothing, mats, cans,” said Drew Lankford, with the City of Virginia Beach Public Works Department.
Video of the trash quickly went viral on social media causing a lot of anger among the community.
“You know, it’s not a whole lot of effort to clean up after yourself,” Lankford said.
“It was really bad, it was a disaster,” he said. “I think the city management needs to really take a look at Floatopia and what it does to the community, around here.”
City council member Michael Berlucchi criticized the mess left behind.
“We can do better than this! Let’s work together to keep our City beautiful,” he wrote.
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#FLOATOPIA #floatopia2019 LIT 🔥 AF //not// Seriously, this is bullshit. I’m all for having a good time, but this is down right disrespectful to our neighbors and our environment. I’m sure meeting up to clean up is gonna be way more enjoyable than floating in piss/natty light water while trashing our beaches! #mindblown #respectourplanet #respectourbeaches #thisismykindofpolitics 😤serious disclaimer🔊I’m quit aware not everyone that was there didn’t contribute 100% to this so no need to blow up my comment🔊 #rantover #butitsstillamess #cashmeonthebay