As Deltopia has, in the past, attracted many people from out-of-town (out-of-towners) who disrespect the local community, the traditional approach has been to increase law enforcement during that weekend. However, since the increased law enforcement presence increases the stress of a “traditional holiday,” this leads to rising tensions that has previously unfolded in student riots in 2014. Thus, to de-escalate tensions between law enforcement and students while also increasing the safety of the event, the Isla Vista Community Service District (IVCSD) came up with the idea to host a music festival during the day of Deltopia (the first Saturday of April) to increase the safety of the day. The music festival is in partnership with Lucidity LLC, a well-known event planning organization that has hosted world-renowned festivals in Santa Barbara. Together, the two organizations hope to create an alternative space for party-goers to enjoy safer festivities, as well as access more food and water to increase the safety of students.
In response to this festival, the IVCSD and Lucidity advertised a survey known as the Reimaging Deltopia Survey to gather the thoughts of those living and working in Isla Vista (IV). Through these results, the pulse of the community was taken.
- Deltopia is seen as a positive community-building event which cannot be removed from Isla Vista.
- The main improvements to Deltopia should be to better the cooperation between law enforcement students, along with increasing the organization of the event.
- A free community festival that provided musical entertainment and fun competitions was seen as a very positive addition to the event.
- The most common belief is that the festival is going to regulate or otherwise shut down Deltopia as a tradition. This is highly opposed and requires a strong marketing campaign to inform students about the festival’s true intentions.