West Boca Trump Rally: Observations & Photos

This article was written by Michelle Cirino Yarris, a friend of West Boca News who volunteered to go the rally for us since we could not attend. This was at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in South County Regional Park.
I went to a Donald Trump Rally. This shocked a lot of people. I have been pretty vocal about the fact I am not a Trump supporter. However, the event was a 15-minute bike ride from our house at the local county park. I probably would have gone to see most any candidate at that point.
The real reason I went is due to all comments I have seen on social media on the Trump supporters. The racist, hateful, uneducated Trump supporter. What I found was a very diverse crowd of people. First time 18-year-old voters to 80-year-old people with walkers and everything in between. I saw people I knew who were businessmen, a doctor, a teacher. Educated people. I saw people of every color. Not just a handful either. There were many legal immigrants. One young man had a sign that he made that said “Immigrants for Trump”, another had one that said “Hispanics love Trump.”
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Talking to a group of young men (barely at 18), I asked why they supported Trump. Their responses were two fold. First, one told me that they are tired of all the handouts to every group. Nothing is free. Someone has to pay for it. I kid you not – an 18-year-old boy said this to me. His friends all agreed. The second most concerning issue to this group was ISIS. They are concerned for the future of our country, our world. They don’t understand why we have such an open border policy in a time when we know people are streaming in with the intent to harm our country.
The conversation that shocked me and surprised me the most was from a young man from Virginia, who knew all about the voting patterns in his state. He was 18. I would guess most adults have no idea about voting patterns and counties.
All in all, I was very surprised at the crowd. Maybe it is Boca, or maybe we are only seeing a small piece of what really is going on.
This isn’t an endorsement of Trump in any way, but a closer look at his supporters. There is a very large silent group who is afraid to come out and vocally support their candidate for fear of repercussions. Which is not the American way. Those we do hear from, who are very loud, are not representative of what I saw at the Trump rally.
Whatever your view, whoever your candidate, let your voice be heard and vote!
Voting in Palm Beach County is on Tuesday March 15, 2016 in Florida from 7am to 7pm.
Local photographer Johnnie Butters also volunteered to take photos for us. He had a media pass which may have helped him get in early but severely constrained his movement and ability to get photos. Here are some of our favorite photos from his collection.

An early shot showing off the Sunset Cove amphitheater with the crowd just starting to grow
An early shot showing off the Sunset Cove amphitheater with the crowd just starting to grow

Photo showing off a Trump supporter but mainly we like this one because of the "bokeh" (a photographer thing) and the background hinting at the gorgeous view westbound from Sunset Cove.
Photo showing off a Trump supporter but mainly we like this one because of the “bokeh” (a photographer thing) and the background hinting at the gorgeous view westbound from Sunset Cove.

We just like this one.
We just like this one.

You can see all of the photos he shared with us on his Facebook post to our page or on his website.
Also we saw this photo from a regular reader known as “Boca Rat” in our comments and he said we could use it in this article. We love both how it captures the size of the crowd and also that view to the west.
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Trump Ruins Black Man's Sunset in West Boca

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Michael Rance loves living in West Boca and is an avid reader of West Boca News – and commenter. We learned from Mr. Rance that the upcoming Donald Trump event in South County Regional Park has a darker side. It’s ruining the sunset.
Rance takes photographs of the gorgeous sunsets in the park as part of his regular routine.
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And now his daily sunset ritual is being disrupted by thousands of Trump supporters filling the park in and around Sunset Cove Amphitheater, obviously named for its great views. Rance is concerned not only with the supporters, but with Trump’s “hate and bigotry.”

I watch sunset at sunset cove almost every day now my Sunday is f##### up because of this piece of trash

Rance really does take a lot of photos and he shares them on his BlackXeres Instagram account. He has over 1000 followers and a typical sunset photo will get dozens of likes from them, often over 100. Here’s an example:
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And this is what Rance’s sunset will look like this evening:
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On the bright side, Mr. Rance’s routine should return to normal on Monday.
This message was not paid for by Marco Rubio nor any PACs affiliated with any candidates or party officials. If you’re angry at this article you are in serious need of a sense of humor. Thanks to Mr. Rance for playing along.

Testing an animated moon GIF

We shot these photos last night using a Nikon D5300 with a Sigma 18-250 lens, mostly at F/7.1 and ISO 200. And we tried to make it into an animated GIF. Did it work?
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Here are the stills. The last two, after the moon had turned orange, did not come out as well. We think this was because clouds had moved in, but we’re not sure. Our neighbor was using a telescope and was having similar problems once the color changed. All photos taken from Boca Falls.
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Rollover Accident at Yamato & 441: Photos

Update: We checked the court files and we do not see a case that fits this incident yet. PBSO’s Media Relations does not see it in their system yet either.
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Several readers sent us photos from last night of a rollover accident at Yamato and 441. We don’t know what caused the car to rollover – and we may never know. But it’s certainly grabbed attention from many people.
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The Sheriff reported a DUI incident at that location last night:
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The accident happened right at the intersection in full view of The Lakes at Boca Raton and the CVS.
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Other readers reported a heavy police presence including “under cover,” though we think that refers to detectives in plain clothes. There was also police activity from an incident in The Oaks to the north, which we will cover in our next story.
One of the readers also sent us a video of the scene:

Here are a few more reader photos of this accident:
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Accident Scene on Palmetto Park: Photos and Video

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A reader tipped us off to an accident earlier today on Palmetto Park Road at Lyons. This was on the westbound side and was blocking two lanes when we passed by a few minutes later.
We also have some video. First here’s how it looked approaching the scene coming from the east:

And this is how the vehicles looked up closer:

And here are a couple more pictures from the reader:
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Traffic backed up a little on Palmetto Park but it wasn’t that bad.

West Boca Wildlife Photos

Reader and photographer Johnnie Butters sent us several wildlife photos from various locations in West Boca, generally on the canal along 441. He inspired us to take some on a lake in Boca Falls. But his are better so we’ll put his first in this article.

Anhinga in front of Petco
Anhinga in front of Petco

Woodstork near Chipotle
Woodstork near Chipotle

Savannah Cat near Arbor Oaks
Savannah Cat near Arbor Oaks

Female Iguana on Palma Vista Bridge
Female Iguana on Palma Vista Bridge

Another iguana on the same bridge
Another iguana on the same bridge

A Great Blue Heron at Petco
A Great Blue Heron at Petco

Florida Cooter Turtle near Arbor Oaks
Florida Cooter Turtle near Arbor Oaks

Next up, our shots of birds on a lake in Boca Falls, including a Great Blue Heron, a Woodstork, a smaller bird that might be a baby Great Blue Heron, some ducks, and other birds.
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Sunrise, Moon, Clouds and Palm Trees

This morning we saw both the moon and the sunrise at the same time and it made for some nice photos. First up is our unusual panorama shot, going not from left to right but from west to east, going over the top. The moon is visible, though only a small dot, on the left side of the image (west).
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Next up a few moon photos framed with palm trees, other trees and clouds:
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And some sunrise shots:
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And we should remember to include this sunset shot from frequent contributor John O’Keefe:
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Reader Photos (and our own)

Readers send us photos and from time to time we publish them. But first, we took a few shots of a gorgeous sky tonight over the Sandalfoot Square parking lot (after dinner at Thick and Thin).
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Update: New reader photos added. Three here, with the first from Island Lakes, and several more at the bottom.

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Sunrise from Boca Winds:
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Rainbow shots from a reader in Boca Falls:
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Here’s one from a friend of West Boca News, Art Graham:
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And here are a couple of reader shots from earlier in the week:
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