Boater's Rendezvous Canceled

The annual Ship Island Boater's Rendezvous has been canceled.

Organizers say the event, that's been going on for 7 years, has now died. Rusty David told WLOX on Saturday that because of costs, bad publicity, and other reasons, the Rendezvous has been canceled.  He says the event is not planned to come back next year, either.

Thousands of coast residents make the trek out to the island each year for a large and sometimes rowdy party. The Rendezvous features bands, swimsuit contests, and a blessing of pleasure boats. The event also raises money to buy things to improve Ship Island for visitors and park rangers.

David says he'll send out letters to sponsors later this week to explain the decision.