Before San Diego Police Captain Chris Ball had the chance to sit down at Wednesday's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee meeting, the issue of "floatillas" surfaced.
"These floatillas...I imagine we're going to have our hands full dragging people out of the water," committee chair Marti Emerald said as she introduced agenda item six, which details the beach operational plan for this coming summer.
The legality of floatillas has drifted in and out of council chambers since partiers discovered a loophole in the city's beach-booze ban that allows them to crack open beers and other adult beverages while they float in rafts just offshore.
"I had not anticipated you would bring up the issue of floatillas quite this early, but we will certainly address that," said Captain Ball moments after taking his seat.
Ball did address the “raft ragers” but not until after he presented the 2010 Summer Beach Operational Plan and not until committee members asked.
"These floatillas...do you suspect they are going to be an issue for you?" asked Emerald.
"There are certainly people looking at the issue of legality and how we can more effectively manage the floatillas," responded Ball.
Committee member Tony Young waded in and asked what Ball thought about a future amendment that would also prohibit people from bringing unopened containers onto the beach.
"What I think about it? The floatillas create a challenge for us," responded Ball. In terms of a public safety issue...people [are] getting out in floats in 10 or 12 feet of water and they are completely intoxicated.... There is a significant public safety issue."
Young then reminded the audience that this type of behavior was the reason why he did not support the ban. "People are going to find a way."