Palm Beach Rebs Threaten Secession
|Rebellion, Palm Beach-style|
The last straw came with the county threatening to raise property taxes another 15 percent. You could practically smell the astroturf rebellions fomenting in those Mizneresque salons and private beach-side cabanas. Or, er, this being August, the revolutionaries were more likely gathering in the Hamptons and Bar Harbor.
But it's not like Palm Beach has ever really been a team player. This is a fairyland that made national news (and Doonesbury cartoons) a couple of decades ago for another singularly bright idea: the council required any non-resident crossing the bridges, to work in the island's luxuriously equipped kitchens and manicured gardens, to carry a special police-issued I.D. card. This was many years after the housing for those same servants had reputedly been burned to the ground, of course.
It's too bad, but in order to secede, the town still needs the approval of the Florida Legislature. And for all the money and clout Palm Beach may have, it's doubtful Tallahassee is going to let that little $15 million nest egg slip away.