PEANUT ISLAND - On any given weekend, all you have to do is take a right after stepping off the pier on this schizophrenic little island and you are suddenly in the biggest party this side of Cancun.
It is the music that hits you first - a collage of blaring dance music emitting from dozens of boats anchored just off a sandbar or in waist-deep water near the beach, many of them laced together in a flotilla to rival the Mariel boatlift.
The Black Eyed Peas provides the soundtrack as women in white bikinis, orange bikinis and bikinis without tops dance and grind and shake hips - as well as other things not fit for mention in a family newspaper.
Beers are held aloft as a pontoon boat with four DJ speakers zigzags between other boats, cranking out the song Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.
And your mind instantly flashes to a sign on the island - situated next to swaying saw grasses and verdant cabbage palms - that asks visitors to "not disturb others with loud noises, loud radios, or loud stereos (65 db max)."
Sixty-five decibels is about the sound of adult laughter.
Which is why Peanut Island is weekend madness may be about to end.
Thanks to an ordinance that goes into effect Friday, May 18, anyone caught with alcohol in hand on the island will be treated as if he or she is carrying an open container, subject to a misdemeanor arrest and a court date.
And there is a reason for that.
"It got a little rowdy yesterday," said a woman who would identify herself only as Debbie, who was camping on the island during the weekend of Cinco de Mayo.
She said the drinking and carousing on the boats anchoring off the sandbar on the island is north side - the party side - was in rare form the day before.
Now, it will only be permitted campers like Debbie, who has come here with her family each of the last four springs, who will be allowed to drink on the island - and then just in the camping area.