Organizer: Aquapalooza not like Folly 'fiasco'
DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- In its sixth year of existence, Aquaplane offered a supply of fun expected from an event that has grown to more than a dozen celebrations around the country and internationally.
Locally, Sea Ray of Charleston's Aquapalooza event began in 2008 as a floating party at the city marina. Over the years, it's grown, location bouncing from Lowcountry island to Lowcountry island - before finding its way to the Daniel Island Pier on the Wando River. This year marked the second year the growing event has been held at the pier.
In 2011 DNR counted about 400 boats that were a part of the floating party. This year, according to Sea Ray of Charleston general manager Jim McClellan, the event saw an increase in participation by 20-30 percent.
Perhaps the most impressive part about the event - McClellan said there have been very few "issues." That's a good thing as similar local events are under the microscope following what law enforcement officials in the Lowcountry describe as a "riot" during a Fourth of July party on Folly Beach.
"We have not had any of that," McClellan said. "Last year we were on Morris Island. We made an effort to make sure everything was cleaned up, because it was right after that Fourth of July fiasco there. We cleaned up the beach. I personally walked the beach myself after it was over with. We strongly encourage people to pick up whatever they have here. We had no incidents whatsoever last year. People have been great about this. They're just out here having fun."
Sea Ray holds the event each year, usually the last weekend in July. Charleston's 2012 Aquapalooza event featured three bands, prizes from Sea Ray and was open to anyone wanting to participate.
"We do this to promote boating in the Lowcountry," McClellan said. "It's for everybody that has a boat to just come out and enjoy the day."