Organizers with the group South Florida Activism originally planned for the march to end across the street from the resort, but the plan was rejected by local police and Secret Service, who were concerned about large crowds blocking the roadway in and out of the resort.
“We really want to ensure structure and keep things safe for people and participants. The mission has not changed,’’ said Alex Newell Taylor of Women’s March Florida, which is now co-hosting the march with South Florida Activism.
Around 2,000 protesters are expected to march in the new route, which runs from downtown West Palm Beach to just north of Southern Boulevard across the causeway — a 2.4 mile long march that puts the crowd roughly 2 blocks away from Mar-a-Lago.
“I want to be absolutely clear right now. The original event was NOT cancelled due to safety concerns,’’ said a South Florida Activism post on Facebook. “It was cancelled because an amateur got in over his head. We have spoken with the police and they understand our intentions (peaceful march and assembly).’’
Other potential protesters are less inclined to join the march due to the fact that the march won’t get close to Trump’s resort.
“It doesn’t look like we’re going to get close enough,” said Henle, who lives in a condo on the island’s south end. “The purpose of a protest is to get close to people to shake them up. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re going to be able to do that. From all the way across the bridge, I’m doubtful that it will make enough impact.”
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