Occupy Palm Beach Expecting Showdown With Police After Park Closure (Updated, Photos)

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An earlier protest on the island of Palm Beach.
Update 10/23: Police allowed the protesters to stay the night on Saturday. Occupiers say that when the police department's night shift arrived at the park, they said they couldn't enforce a curfew if there was no posted notice of park hours -- which there wasn't. The occupation tents remained in the park overnight. We've also added a few pictures, taken by participants, at the end of this post.

Update: Protesters have now gotten word that they're allowed to stay in the park until 11 tonight; the mayor has reportedly extended an invitation to discuss a permit to stay in the parks at a later date.​

Original post, 10/22:
An organizer and Facebook admin for the Occupy Palm Beach group, meeting all day today on the green at Flagler and Clematis in West Palm, has contacted the Pulp with word that Occupiers are expecting a confrontation with police when the park officially closes at sundown tonight.


The root of the expected conflict is a number of people, which the organizer (who prefers to remain anonymous to protect his job) estimates to be around 15. They showed up as today's general assembly began to dissolve, claiming solidarity with the Occupy movement, and pitched their tents on the green.

Police arrived soon after.

The police officers reportedly told the Occupiers that they'd make an exception for the tents in the park but that there's a standing curfew and the city parks close between dusk and dawn. 

"You either have to disperse at dusk or you will be arrested," the source recalls the officers saying.

So will the group budge when the time comes? "My sense is that this core group that set up the tents will be arrested," he continues. "They feel aligned with the Occupy movement. I don't detect any bad feeling about that; I don't think the main group of Occupy feels they're being usurped or anything."

This morning's general assembly began on the green around 10 a.m.; facilitators reportedly had a tough time maintaining order, and people started splintering off or speaking out of turn. While the outcome of the camp-in is yet to be seen, perhaps it will provide a rallying point for the protesters to once again find common ground.

More updates as we have them. Check the Occupy Palm Beach Facebook page. If you're at Occupy Palm Beach, you can provide links to photos or videos in the comments below.

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Stefan Kamph is a New Times staff writer.
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FQS9000
FQS9000

Sounds like a job for Nozzle Nolan.  The only questions is are they cockroaches, lice, ticks, or filthy rats?  This is an important questions, as the methods of removal differ. 

Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry

Occupation of West Palm Beach is underway. City police relented on threat to clear Flagler Park at 11 PM. The future is unwritten.

curiously watching?
curiously watching?

Occupying the WPB side of the bridge opens another stage of the coming shift that will occur as Wall St insiders come back to thier homes on Palm Beach Island.  With out being overly critical, the WPB side, is akin to preaching to the choir.  The Wall St protest chose a symbolic location.  It is the PB Island itself that is the winter equivelant, since PB is where many of the wealthiest Wall St gurus call home. If the protesters want to make a real move they will need to muster up the courage to cross the bridge, while obeying the laws that ensure freedom of speech.  Such action will sperate the men and women from the boys and girls.  It will be intersting to see how this palys out in the coming season.  Remember Hank Paulson was born on the Island.  Ka sera sera....

BBD
BBD

The only important method for removal is the one that would rid this country and world of vermin like you.

John Tracey
John Tracey

They're human beings and American citizens, FQS. Why do you have such a problem with peaceful protesters? Sounds like you're the one who would enjoy communist China. No free speech there to bother you.

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