PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 According to numerous reports and online comments, Aquapalooza will still take place Saturday off Prudence Island despite COVID-19 warnings from police.\n\nThe loosely organized Aquapalooza - an annual gathering of boating enthusiasts - will take place on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. in Potter's Cove off Prudence Island.\n\n\n\nThe only way to attend the event is via boat. The Prudence Island Ferry does not arrive at Potter's Cove.\n\nThe annual gathering draws a large crowd each year of various boaters, who join vessels and tie together inflatable rafts. However, this year, police warned boaters to stay away due to COVID-19 concerns.\n\n"Due to COVID-19 restrictions and Governor Gina Raimondo\u2019s Executive Order on social distancing, this year, both the Portsmouth Police and DEM police wish to remind the boating community of potential hazards and health risks in attending the event," according to a press release from Portsmouth police.\n\n"The departments also wish to remind boaters that enforcement will be of the highest priority."\n\nThe public group, Aquapalooza Rhode Island, has grown recently to 5,700 members (as of Thursday).\n\nNumerous comments on the public Facebook group called for making the page private, or falsely telling others the event was canceled or had a "rain date." As of Thursday, the Facebook group was still publicly viewable.\n\nMany group members also advocated for calling the party a "protest" and referenced the national movement of "BLM," but instead changing the name to "Boat Lives Matter."\n\nMany Prudence Island residents raised concerned on another online group, Heard Around The Dock on Prudence Island.\n\n\n\nA heavy police presence is expected at this year's gathering.\n\n"The Portsmouth Police and DEM police, along with several other law enforcement agencies, will be vigorously enforcing boating safety and rules and regulations in order to maintain the safety of the boating community and to protect public health throughout Rhode Island," according to the press release.