Summer 2012 Bumper Bash canceled, organizers say
Legal disputes have plagued boat gathering off Dobbins Island
Tommy Pope (left) Brian Bridar, Mick Dinarn, and Ryan Knapp travel by air mattress at Bumper bash. (Joe Soriero, Baltimore Sun / July 23, 2011)
"Due to pending legislation and heavy political pressures, we feel it best to drop back and get things on the square and level," a statement Thursday night on the event's Facebook page said. Organizers did not respond to an email request for comment Thursday night.
A bill supported by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is being considered in the General Assembly that would require organizers of events like the Bumper Bash to get permits far in advance and may demand groups to provide their own security.
More than 1,000 boats have taken part in the Bash over the past two years, according to the Natural Resources Police, and the bill is intended to prevent big gatherings from overwhelming the department's workforce.
Last month, Maryland's highest court ruled that the Dobbins Island beach is not a public playground, and that boaters cannot go on shore beyond the high water line.
Within an hour of the cancellation announcement, 41 comments had been posted on Bumper Bash's Facebook page, including the following message from organizers: "There is NOTHING WRONG with a bunch of boats showing up July 28th (id be surprised if they dont!) but we BumperBash, will not be hosting it."
The Associated Press contributed to this article.