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Re: Police to limit size of raft-ups????


This taken from your website promoting the event.

In cooperation with AACOPD, MD DNR, and USCG, there will be double the patrol and enforcement presence at the event, compared to last year. There will be Police and Fire Rescue representatives on the island as well. MD DNR will establish a 40 foot wide float free channel directly to the center of the beach to allow for safe emergency response. There will be a zero tolerance policy for unsafe or illegal activity and everyone is asked to give full cooperation to ensure a safe and fun filled day.

Last year BumperBash volunteers provided trash cleanup of the entire beach including the hauling off and dumping of garbage. We encourage everyone to pitch in and take out what you bring in. This event is based in the waters surrounding the beach and everyone is reminded that the island is private pro]perty. We thank you in advance for helping us do our part to protect the Bay.
This seems reasonable. I still do not understand why you canceled and did not get the permits and continue on if this was how it went. Were there problems>


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Re: Police to limit size of raft-ups????

Must be a rowdier bunch of boaters down in the lower Magothy than up here in the frozen northern reaches of Chesapeake Bay. We have a couple, similar raft-ups every weekend of the summer, mostly powerboats, and a few sailboats. One bunch spends the day at what is known as The Sand Island, located near the southern end of the Havre de Grace channel across from Fishing Battery Island. Usually, there's about 40 to 60 boats there, lots of drinking and swimming, but no fights that I know of. Labor Day weekend usually sees about 100 boats a day there, a live band or two on the island, some bonfires, and lots of booze.

The second raft-up usually takes place at the northern end of the Susquehanna Flats near the VA Hospital. Lots of jet skis, lots of smaller boats, some sailboats to 30 feet, lots of skinny dippers late evenings, and probably enough booze to float the QE2. Once in a while you might see a floating beer can or two, but that's pretty rare. No fights here either, but lots of lovin' when the sun goes down. There have been a few bands there on party-barges, but when the sun goes down the bugs take over and the party usually ends.

The loudest music I've encountered usually comes from onshore locations. Gibson Island's beach house out on the point can get pretty loud when they have summer, weekend parties. Same holds true for the Tiki Bars along the bay. They're jamming till 2 or 3 in the morning in Fairlee Creek and the volume is usually somewhere in the vicinity of ear bleed--not a good place to anchor up on summer weekends.

As for isolated locations to hold Bumper Bash, not many on the bay's western shore until you get above Carol Island. From there north is nearly all federal property. As long as you stay out of the restricted area you can party-hearty and no one would be bothered. Of course, you may have to put up with an occasional artillery shell passing overhead and exploding along the beaches of Spesutia Island. Hmmmm! Bet that might add some excitement if you were not anticipating the shelling.

There's lots of incredible mansions along the Eastern Shore, and I would venture a guess that nobody there would be happy if there was a raft-up taking place within eyesight or earshot of them. South of the Bay Bridges, however, there's a brand-new island that was just created by DNR--Poplar Island. Nobody there but some sea gulls, lots of skeeters, gnats and a few other critters. I'd bet DNR would be more than happy if Bumper Bash were to take place there and someone was designated to remove the drunks and trash at the end of the fest.

Just another fun day in Paradise!

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Re: Police to limit size of raft-ups????

Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post

I suggest those of you who would promote this without permit and restrictions step forward. Lets have the rubber meet the road here. Let us know ehere you live so we can tell Mr Bumperbash where specifically you are located so he can survey the area and see if it meets his criteria of the next available site to have his Bumperbash event. he is obviously looking for a place to continue his donations to Special Olympics as well as have a peacefull fun gathering where people can blow off steam. Why not in your neighborhood now.

Very good points, and well taken. Certainly nobody would like this in their back yard, that goes without saying. If that is the case, then it has been ruined by a few bad apples, it sounds like. But also, those very activities, trespassing, littering, dumping, etc...are all illegal already and can be dealt with. There are lots of examples of events that require police, emt, etc that we as taxpayers foot the bill for, and am unhappy about. Its the cost of a free society. I don't want to enter into a debate without any first hand knowledge. We had rafting parties very often on Texas waterways, and always wrapped up with a hung-over, very quiet and delicate litter patrol! But we're not everybody, I realize. Hope this works out somehow.

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Re: Police to limit size of raft-ups????

2011 went well actually. The police presence was heavy but that was a choice they mandated and it kept most of the trouble makers away or at least in check. We did work with all agencies involved for months in advance and kept everyone in the loop.

It was a good run and now part of the history books.
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