Occupy Palm Beach Moves Into "Permanent" Location, With City's Blessing (Plus OFL Video)

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The Occupy Palm Beach movement, currently consisting of around a dozen people camping out full-time, has moved into what it's calling a "permanent" occupation site at Banyan Boulevard and Flagler Drive in West Palm, just across from the Palm Harbor Marina.


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The spot is a triangular plot of land that's currently vacant, with space enough to hold hundreds of people if it should come to that. "It was offered to us by the city; apparently they have a strong commitment to First Amendment rights," says one organizer.

Early this week, city spokesman Chase Scott says, "We met with the people from Occupy Palm Beach and told them we wanted to protect their rights to have their voices heard."

Across the country, cities' opposition to their local Occupy movements has been growing. On Tuesday, police in Oakland, California, raided the local camp, evicting 400 people and firing tear gas into the crowd. After a heavy public backlash, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan backpedaled and said that peaceful protesters would be allowed to stay.

The feeling is different in West Palm Beach, at least for now. "I think most of us appreciate the sentiment that's being expressed," says Scott of his City Hall colleagues.

The plot of land occupied by the protesters is city-owned, and its location across the street from the yacht club puts occupiers close to the privileged wealth they often protest. Perhaps more important, they'll be visible in the high-traffic, central area.

Just down Clematis Street on Saturday, the city will hold its annual Moonfest Halloween party. An organizer says the group has reserved a table at the event for recruiting and spreading information.

"I wouldn't say it's permanent," says Scott of the new camp, but there's no end date on the legal occupation. Now that occupiers won't risk arrest for trespassing, they hope to recruit more people into their ranks.

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Meanwhile, the Occupy Fort Lauderdale movement continues to be without a place to camp after evictions from Bubier Park and Equality Park, but the group is planning a large march on Saturday from Bubier Park to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, where conspicuous wealth is sure to be on display. Here's some video from a previous rally in Fort Lauderdale:



Stefan Kamph is a New Times staff writer.
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barkway
barkway

Fort Lauderdale is no where near as established & organized as you folks, and at this point, risk doing more harm than good to the national movement's public image. They could sure use your help...or maybe they should just disband and join you folks.

Oren Monroe
Oren Monroe

For the last decade, a new philosophy has been applied to the business world which places more value on assets than the means in which those assets are accumulated . . . i.e.  more companies cut jobs and workforce to effectively make more money for the hire ups, thus increasing the gap between those with wealth and those trying to earn wealth.  This is the fundamental flaw which must be addressed in order to ensure equality and salvage the American Dream

Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry

About 60 of us "cockroaches" there tonight. Twice the number of tents. It's growing...

FQS9000
FQS9000

 Just like a fungus in a sink drain and the cure is the same, Draino and Roto-Rooter.  But never ever does any intelligent form of higher life either listen to it or ask its opinion.

EZMZ
EZMZ

It's interesting to see the insults, it's their only line of defense.  Some people just do not understand dialogue, so instead their only recourse is to insult others.   Just have to feel sorry for those people who choose not to self educate.  It's true when they say "if you want to hide a secret hide it in a library because people just don't like to read"  :)

FQS9000
FQS9000

It is difficult to discover anything about the 'Occupy' fungii that does not inspire an insult.  They have no jobs, because they chose not to work.  They have no objectives other than to hate people who have more than they do (even though they aren't working).  They want their betters to give them something they haven't earned.  They disrupt public spaces and violate the laws designed to control public assembly.

Terming them fungus covered cockroaches is an accurate representation.  They should take pride in what they are or aspire to be something other than parasites.  

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

EZMZ
EZMZ

Chaz, you said it perfectly - Thank you for your eloquence.

It's interesting to see the insults, it's their only line of defense.  Some people just do not understand dialogue, so instead their only recourse is to insult others.   Just have to feel sorry for those people who choose not to self educate.  It's true when they say "if you want to hide a secret hide it in a library because people just don't like to read"  :)

Barbara S. Devlin Catron
Barbara S. Devlin Catron

Absolutely-right on-couldn't have said it better! I am so sick of stupid comments made under the guise of being "anonymous".

FQS9000
FQS9000

There is plenty of room for these cockroaches under the bridge and there is a difference between 'free speech' and mindless sniveling.

EZMZ
EZMZ

It's interesting to see the insults, it's their only line of defense.  Some people just do not understand dialogue, so instead their only recourse is to insult others.   Just have to feel sorry for those people who choose not to self educate.  It's true when they say "if you want to hide a secret hide it in a library because people just don't like to read"  :)

jeb_at_saveusnow
jeb_at_saveusnow

Problem is, most everybody up there is wealthy or employed in the yacht building industry so the place won't be very crowded will it...

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