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'Float-party' concerns St. Pete residents

Posted at 5:59 PM, May 19, 2016
St. Pete Beach officials and residents are concerned about a "float-party" scheduled for Sunday near the Don Cesar. Rapper Forgiato Blow invited thousands of his Facebook friends to the free event on the public beach.  
 
Blow doesn't believe he needs a permit to hold the gathering.
 
"It was never really an event that was setup with thought maybe 50-70 people," said Blow.
 
The invitation for the event has been shared online more than 170,000 times. The Mayor of St. Pete Beach is encouraging blow to get a permit for the event.
 
"It really works better for the safety and security of the people attending," said Mayor Lowe.
 
Blow said on Thursday that he is compromising by donating a dozens portable bathrooms and trash cans for the event.  
 
A similar "float party" was held last month on Miami Beach. City leaders in that community are now considering regulating big beach parties after the beach was trashed.
 
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is aware of the event. Deputies will be patrolling the beach area near the event.
 
Blow said he is encouraging his fans to be respectful.
 
"I want everyone to come out here and do the right thing if you see trash pick it up," said Blow.