I am by nature a fairly easy going person, except when you challenge what I think is right, at which point I can become very obstinate. This is the case with an article I just submitted to our local paper, The Times Herald. St. Clair County has an “unofficial” yearly event called Float Down, which will take place this Sunday.
This is an event where people disembark from Lakeside Beach in Port Huron using rafts, floats, etc. and take with them beverages, snacks, and more for the 7 mile float down the St. Clair River to Chrysler Beach in Marysville. This is an all-day event, the river is rapid, and even though the event is “unofficial” shipping traffic is generally slowed and/or stopped for several hours that day for safety reasons and the Coast Guard is on hand to carry out any necessary rescues.
There are over 5,000+ participants in the float down, and it grows larger and larger every year. In my opinion the participation increases because of the publicity it gets…not so much the positive publicity, but the negative. The U.S. Coast Guard encourages people not to participate because it is a safety risk. The officials of Marysville where the float ends keep trying to make it difficult for people to exit at their city by closing down roads and making it difficult for people got get picked up and exit the area quickly after floating. Last year because they closed the road where people exit some floaters were stranded near a local restaurant until 10:00 pm.
This is where my good-natured, always balanced Libra personality takes a turn and I become obstinate. I am an opinion columnist for our local paper so I just submitted a column about the negative attitude of the City of Marysville’s mayor. I said I hope all 5,000+ float all the way to Chrysler Beach just because of the mayor’s attitude. I think the City’s negative attitude is why the float down has grown so large in the past few years. Who doesn’t want to participate in an event that has a bit of controversy and provides a unique chance at one day of fun per year? I know I do. I may be babysitting my granddaughter this year so my daughter can float, but in a future year I will participate in a float down. The Mayor of Marysville’s attitude has guaranteed that!