The neighbors of Mar-A-Lago become activists. Local residents fortify themselves | by Jeff Stilwell
WEST PALM BEACH – “It’s war, I’m telling you!” War!”
You’d think a little frizzy-haired librarian with cat-eye glasses from the local lender’s library, asleep and one-roomed, would be an unlikely candidate for the general-in-chief.
Nonetheless, West Palm Beach found exactly that in septuagenarian Gladys Sangre Cortez.
“Since he income, they or they followed, ”she said, emphasizing the pronouns with quick, savage strokes of her jeweled index finger.
One wonders how she berates too loud whispers in her library. Or, just what she would do to former President Trump and his supporters if she could get her hands on them.
Cortez has filed complaint after complaint with the Palm Beach City Council, the local administrative authority that presides over residents of the long, slender island that caters to the beautiful people of Miami. She has not yet received a response.
Its municipal council of Where is Palm Beach – a reputable bedroom community of maids, repairmen and gardeners from the island’s wealthy just east of them – is responding to his complaints.
“Just to say it’s not their responsibility,” she growled.
The substance of his complaints and the complaints of several West Palm Beach owners and business owners is the steady decline in the quality of life since the former president returned to Mar-A-Lago in late January, just after the Biden’s inauguration and Trump’s retirement.
Overnight, West Palm Beach became the favorite destination for Trump fans.
“They’re rolling up and down all night, running their engines, cheering, screaming, waving those stupid Trump flags, choking the air with these gas guzzling ridiculous!” Cortez said.
She claimed the Palm Beach Police Department was blocking the bridge to the island, preventing thugs from entering. “They can’t reach it. And they have nowhere to go, so they torment us! she added.
A number of local business owners agree.
“The worst part was when they found out about Congress,” said Buffy Flegler, owner of Buffy’s Bouffant. “Oh man!” she added: “That’s when it went wrong.”
Flegler’s business, a dog show, is located on Congress Avenue, a local thoroughfare, starting at Palm Beach International Airport and heading north for about 30 miles, connecting several residential neighborhoods with local businesses.
“They ransacked the street,” Flegler said. “Label all businesses, including mine, leave their… poo… on the sidewalk, drag toilet paper everywhere. “
“They think it’s funny! Because of the name, she moaned. “It’s not. This is where we live! Why don’t they just go away?”
Local authorities declined to comment on the matter.
“Trump! He’s not even supposed to live there. Did you know?” Cortez asked. “He paid them! You know he did.
She is referring to the recent ruling by the Palm Beach city attorney that, despite a legal agreement that he would never live in Mar-A-Lago, being a place of business, Trump was allowed to do so.
An association of residents, Preserve Palm Beach, protest conclusion with a final decision due in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the water in West Palm Beach, the local general refuses to take this lying position. “We gave the proper authorities a chance,” Cortez said, his voice lower, eyes shining behind his glasses.
“It’s time to take matters into your own hands,” she confessed. “Like he likes to say, “Stay tuned!” “
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