|Photos by Eric Barton|
|Tina has ocean views as she feeds her pigeons.|
Tina has been feeding the pigeons on Fort Lauderdale beach long enough to know them by sight. There's the silver one with a white crown who's the alpha male, mating with all the females and getting the best crumbs. There's also the diva, a khaki-colored bird who stays to herself.
"I'll go down the beach and find her later," says Tina, who lives nearby and didn't want her last name used. "She's a picky one."
Cops sometimes give Tina a hard time if she feeds the birds, as she does daily along A1A. Tourists don't like to be crapped on, Tina knows, so she came up with a fine spot to feed her flock. Every morning, she heads to the Trump International Hotel & Tower. The unfinished skyscraper sits on the beach like an obelisk to the great recession.
Developers defaulted on a $139 million loan that they acquired in December 2006, just as