Occupy Fort Lauderdale Told to Leave Bubier Park

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Stefan Kamph
Adam Salater (left) and other organizers handle communications on Monday afternoon.
​After their demonstration on Saturday, protesters with the Occupy Fort Lauderdale movement decided to do just that: occupy. The site they chose was Bubier Park, at Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue.

A few people stayed the night on Saturday, and donations and support kept coming in through yesterday. On Sunday, organizers say, Fort Lauderdale police told them they wouldn't be allowed to stay over.

An attorney who has been working with the movement contacted the park's owner, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), according to organizer Adam Salater. They agreed to let the protesters stay with a few preconditions.

But now, he says, they've changed their mind, telling the occupiers to leave.
An emergency assembly is scheduled in the park for 7:30 this evening.

"The mayor [Jack Seiler] gave us the thumbs up for the occupation," says Salater. "So did the chief of police [Frank Adderley], who said he was really impressed with us," referencing the nonviolent, non-messy rally on Saturday.

"Today, we got a call from the attorney, saying that DDA changed their minds and wanted to close the park at night," he continues. He says the group heard that DDA wants to close the park from 2 to 6 a.m. and disallow the use of tarps and tents at any time (last night, tents were conspicuously lacking, and campers gathered under the amphitheater roof which poured rivulets of rain over the concrete steps).

On their Facebook page, Occupy Fort Lauderdale organizers are urging supporters to call the Fort Lauderdale City Commission members or DDA officials.

An emergency meeting is scheduled for 7:30 tonight at the park. We have a call out to DDA to confirm the terms of their decision, and find out some of the reasoning behind it.


Stefan Kamph is a New Times staff writer.
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Pharo
Pharo

SCREW HUIZENGA AND HIS ELITE BUDDIES..THEY'RE THE ONES THAT DID THIS..WE WILL NOT BE STOPPED..POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Plainly obvious that the powers that be have assumed ownership of "public property". The seeds of discontent and revolution begin with similar incidents.

glass slipper
glass slipper

The Arab Spring started with just ONE street vendor standing his ground and then spread throughout the region.

 Don't give up on the  OCCUPY  protests no matter how big or small, they are just a start of something much bigger and all those smug assholes making fun of this will have their shit eating grins wiped off their faces.

Marty
Marty

If they wern't asked to leave, you wouldn't even know they were here.

barkway
barkway

Why? After watching NYC occupy, & heading into tourist season, seems rather obvious.

Howard Hal
Howard Hal

DDA bending to the powers that be! good luck with the OCCUPY! broward has been recently worse then dade county. they will push as much as they think they can away with. as more of it goes public via the NET i think they will back off! recently they tried to stop photography on public streets during a private company was filming a movie, hell they even posted signs.

Tim
Tim

The DDA always charges my group a large fee to use their park, what are they charging the Occupy group?

ZGNSU
ZGNSU

HELP OUT @OCCUPYFTL CALL THE DDA 954 463-6574 ASK THEM WHY THEY CHANGED THEIR MIND ON THE USAGE OF THE OCCUPIED SPACE!

Tascha
Tascha

Ley us not 'YELL' but have a calm and positive dialogue. If not you will assume the appearance of a complete whackjob.

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

However this movement ends up, we'll have a better public understanding of the nuances of public v. private property. See Zucotti Park, whose private ownership has enabled the occupiers to stay even while the owners fuss about it.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Actually, it started with ONE street vendor lighting himself on fire and ultimately dying from his wounds.

Anyone up for that task?

Jg3media
Jg3media

Anyone who doesn't know what Occupy is about has their head in the sand and is only attempting to parrot FauxNews and conservatives.

Tim
Tim

Tim, stay classy!

disgusted
disgusted

Stupid People ask Stupid Questions....If the "stupid ones" havent watched their retirement funds and still dont know why their are so many "foreclosures" ..How do you respond to people that dont know who caused todays economic conditions...

flagrante_delicto
flagrante_delicto

Too Late. After marching on the boat show, an industry that employs THOUSANDS in South florida and brings in a half billion dollars a year in local revenue, you already look like nut jobs.

Beanowoolly
Beanowoolly

I'd like to nominate Paul Ryan as the involuntary volunteer!

glass slipper
glass slipper

It only takes one spark to light a fire.

 In your case it is one asshole to stink up the joint.

Tascha
Tascha

If you cannot answer the questioon coherently, attack the one who asked!

flagrante_delicto
flagrante_delicto

Really Gunter. you might want to check wikipedia on that..MSNBC (stylized as msnbc) is a cable news channel based in the United States...  msnbc.com, a separate company, is the news website for the NBC News family.Of course, ike most progressives, the truth matters never a damn.

flagrante_delicto
flagrante_delicto

Do you mean PMSNBC? It's doesn't get any more slanted or incoherent as on PMSNBC.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

I have Fox on 24/7...  And listen to Rush while on the can...

Your point being?

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Who cares about Deerfield Beach? This very same newspaper you spend your life obsessing over...

Why don't you ask Matt Hendley... No wait, I will ask Matt Hendley. Hey Matt Hendley, do you and/or the New Times care about Deerfield Beach?

PS About my blogs traction.  I am on tap for 500,000 visits this year.  No need to worry about you.

glass slipper
glass slipper

@ Jizz Stevens, who gives a flying fuck about your badgering in Deerfield Beach and your incessant references to it?@nanook5:disqus  And I will not go to your website as you can find someone else to boost your ratings.

flagrante_delicto
flagrante_delicto

Yeah, really. answer the farking question. How's that Obama "change" going for ya'll?

flagrante_delicto
flagrante_delicto

you might want to check wiki on that gunter. First sentence.

flagrante_delicto
flagrante_delicto

msnbc.com, a separate company, is the news website for the NBC News family, MSNBC (stylized as msnbc) is a cable news channel based in the United States.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Unlike Fox, MSNBC doesn't pretend to be news.

JoeMan
JoeMan

CHANGE.... which we refuse to define...

good article on wired about how to protest.... learn it.

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