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July 4th, 2014
San Marcos pool party makes national news


Thousands of people flooded the Texas Summer Bash  in San Marcos last weekend after event promotion went viral on the internet. Now news of the rollicking pool party is making national news.

Good Morning America aired a segment today on the power of a social media to draw huge crowds to events like Texas Summer Bash, which was shut down by police because management of The Retreat at San Marcos did not apply for an event permit.

More than 2,000 people showed up — some flying in from across the country — to attend the party, according to “Big Neechi,“ one of the Texas State University students that own an event marketing company called Endless Entertainment.


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15 thoughts on “San Marcos pool party makes national news

  1. Let’s build some more of these on top of single-family neighborhoods. Then we can all scratch our collective heads over why people don’t buy homes here, why there is so much town and gown tension, etc.

  2. No one got hurt? Maybe not while on the actual grounds of wherever this took place. But there were some pretty awful wrecks with fatalities. I also nearly hit two cars stopped at the top of a bridge, with one young man trying his best to damage the occupants of one vehicle while two young women in bikinis wandered around the lane.

  3. We live directly across the street from the Retreat. Were we ever surprised when we were directed to an article on the front page of the San Marcos Record about the pool party. This was two days after the event.

    And, no…we don’t use or need hearing aids.

    However, we were disturbed at 3:00 am on the 4th (5th actually) by the very loud noise of firecrackers from the Retreat. Perhaps we should move to another neighborhood where kids would never think of doing such a thing.

  4. Across the street where? It is a big property, and I suspect noise from the pool area doesn’t carry the same way in all directions.

    I sure heard about it from neighbors directly across the street, on and around Hughson, aka the overflow lot for the pool.

  5. We live between Hughson and Craddock. There are only five homes (the corner home is vacant) on this stretch of Old Ranch Road 12.

    We can hear music from the pool area in the evenings and weekends if we’re outside but it’s not any louder than music from residential rental properties on Chaparral.

  6. Come talk to the people on Hughson and some of the connecting streets.

    Maybe since you have no parking on the street, you don’t get to see people peeing and puking in your yard, and haven’t had them threaten to assault you.

  7. Three of the homeowners (included vacant home) wanted to rezone. There is also one vacant lot whose owner was for rezoning. One of the other three is a rental, one couple was against it and the last one was unknown to me.

    The usual suspects showed up at P & Z and nixed our requests a couple of years ago except for the vacant corner house (they got mixed zoning at the time). What is so ironic is the couple who was most vocal against rezoning doesn’t even live in their home any longer and are waiting for the area to go commercial. They too finally saw the light. All of Old Ranch Road 12 should be rezoned and will…someday. It is inevitable.

    But you are correct re the students treating our property the way they have others. We have not had any problems here.

  8. The zoning change may be inevitable, but that is all the more reason for the city to figure out these challenges once and for all. It shouldn’t be that hard to figure out what a compatible development looks like, but if we keep leaving it to the neighbors and developers to fight out, we’ll keep getting this (and the headaches that came before it).

    Under-parked. Traffic issues. Inadequate buffers (some more than others).

    Same story, different day.

    Meanwhile, I see our efforts to make the city bike/ped friendly still end at parking variances for developers. Somehow, we managed to make Aquarena Springs less bike-friendly (I think I was in the minority for riding there already), and the nice narrow streets, with the back-in parking, are about as good for bikes as they are for emergency vehicles.

  9. Ah, we agree on something. It is up to the city to figure out the challenges. Good luck with that, however.

    I remember a conversation I had with a city attorney a few years ago about “agreements” made between us and the city when they annexed our property. (Yes, we’ve been here that long.) I had to laugh as there was no “agreement”…we became aware that we had been annexed when we received a city tax bill!

    I also remember when the contour of Ranch Road 12 was changed/widened (was it for the benefit of the Retreat?) which, imo…ruined our property. Or the placement of the drainage culvert under our driveway which was ridiculous as no water ever passed that way. When I tried to tell the engineers where the drainage problems in this area were they turned a deaf ear. They knew best, of course. So, when you say it is up to the city to figure out the challenges I say again, good luck with that.

  10. Well, if the city can’t develop (and apply) some meaningful expertise, they will continue to be reactive, rather than proactive. Compromises between developers and neighbors will continue to be lose-lose propositions (what else can you call it, when the developer deviates from their preferred plan, and the neighbors still have problems in the end?), town and gown tension will continue unabated, students will continue to leave after graduation, and “the usual suspects” will continue to show up, because they can only wonder how much worse it would have been, had they not shown up every other time.

    Our “work, play, live” dream, will turn into students waiting to graduate so they can leave, and homeowners waiting for their property to be rezoned, so they can leave. Or maybe we’re already there.

  11. Has a sound engineer looked into why the buffers are not adequate?
    Has anyone done a study to see how many parking spaces they should have had?
    Has anyone looked into why the promise of peace from an “on-site manager” hasn’t panned out?
    The questions aren’t that complicated, and they aren’t new.

  12. “Our “work, play, live” dream, will turn into students waiting to graduate so they can leave, and homeowners waiting for their property to be rezoned, so they can leave. Or maybe we’re already there.”

    As far as we’re concerned we are already there. We’ve held out as long as we could… 40+ years.

  13. Sounds like (once again) a large part of the problem is that no one seems to be enforcing existing ordinances. Are there not laws on the books that regulate noisy parties? Or trespassing? Or even public intoxication?

    Let’s ENFORCE OUR LAWS… I’ve said before, sticking a beat cop or two over there every night for a couple weeks would have a significant chilling effect on the parties.

    As far as the parking situation….there has to be some way for the surrounding neighborhoods to apply for and receive permitted parking designations. But even here, if the cops would get control of the parties, parking along adjacent neighborhood streets would probably not be as bad a problem.

  14. I agree, although better planning could reduce the issues. Better buffers and adequate parking are not rocket science. I’d bet it would take a sound engineer about 30 seconds to draw a line from the pool, through the parking lot and across the street, and say “I bet this is where you are having problems.

    It would probably take another minute to tell us what we should have done.

    Next time, that should be done in the planning phase, as a condition of any zoning change.

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