Jobbie Nooner: 'Mardi Gras Of The Midwest'
Authorities Brace For Crowds On Gull Island
Thousands of boaters are expected to gather today at Gull Island for the annual party known as "Jobbie Nooner."
This is the 26th year for the party in Lake Saint Clair, which started at 8 a.m. and runs late into the night.
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The party has developed a reputation in recent years as a free-for-all featuring nudity, and excessive drinking, but some police and elected officials said the rowdiness is overblown. "Actually, it's been fairly smoothly in the past few years," said Lt. Paul Reid of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Marine Patrol. "Our biggest concerns are people exposing themselves and the biggest hazard is drunken people operating boats."
Each year, there are also several fights "fueled by alcohol and disagreements, so our top priority is to keep the peace," Reid said.
The island was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while dredging canals for ship traffic, and it is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The party has taken place since the mid-1980s.
It was started by a group of auto workers who took a skip day at noon and headed to the lake to party.