Gull Island is drawing Friday its annual migration of thousands of party animals for Jobbie Nooner and police said the annual event was progressing with only minor incidents Friday afternoon.
St. Clair County is the host community for the boating event Sheriff Tim Donnellon says is attended by about 10,000 annually. This year is no exception, he said.
“It’s a large crowd this year, the weather has cooperated,” said Donnellon, who spent part of the day patrolling the island. “It’s business as usual here.”
Donnellon said police dealt with a few minor medical calls Friday, but overall the event has gone smoothly and is expected to wrap up later in the evening. The sheriff said he cautions partygoers to ensure they have a safe way home and to enjoy themselves responsibly.
“People are receptive to that,” he added.
Lt. John Michalke, public information officer for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department, said, “We have not heard of any problems out there.
He said his office has boats dedicated to patrolling the waters around the small man-made island near the U.S.-Canada border.
The drinking party, often described as the Mardi Gras of the Midwest, that launches the summertime boating season is celebrated by revelers in board shorts or bikinis who motor and sail their way to Gull Island.
The party began without a hitch Friday morning as boaters and landlubbers had beautiful weather. Social media exploded with pictures of friends showing off their beach bodies and swimsuits along with some party-friendly beverages.
Jobbie Nooner-goers should see partly cloudy skies, temperatures climbing to the low 80s and cool winds of 5-10 mph, according to the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.
Meteorologist Dan Thompson said the waters of Lake St. Clair will be just as nice.
“We’re not expecting much,” Thompson said. “Waves will be about 2 feet or less, so it will be pretty calm.”
Clay Township’s police chief and his officers also headed out on their police boat to patrol the waters.