"the" Mrs. Astor

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Full-scale war has begun between The Tides and The Palace. The new owners of each business have unleashed every weapon against each other, to the amusement of all watching in the safety of a bunker.

This is a city where money just doesn't talk, it screams, and The Tides feels that if their guests are paying $1,000 and up (way up) a night, they shouldn't be annoyed by loud music, drag queens, and crowds clogging up the sidewalk, on which they now have set up tables. I would be the first to point out to The Tides that their neighbor was serving up burgers and drag queens when it was a crumbling crack den, but much in South Beach has "turned" to the dismay of old guard that brought life back to the near-empty town. But, money has flushed the town with new ideas and new, more conservative owners; sad, but the way of the world. In the old days, I would have mounted a massive counter-attack, but those times are long gone; the only hope is some sort of mutually agreeable relationship, but don't expect "Peace in our time" soon.

And dear Ruth Remington (the power behind the Dachsund Fest) sent me this note: "For all fans out there, even with this post and photos, Alexis is being VERY modest. People stood on line throughout the 'fest and long after it ended. I told a friend to try Guess Your Age and his response: "But we'll lose our place in line!" I don't know what Alexis tells the dogs, but everyone is mesmerized. He IS "The Weenie Whisperer". " That's sweet of her, but I don't know what really has been happening with that strange little act; perhaps it is the deep love of dogs that binds us, but I have somehow become the Walter Mercado of the canine world.


At 9:28 PM, Blogger Ed Grow said...

Wiener dogs indeed. Why am I not surprised that the dogs to whom you whisper sweet nothings to are as mocha as your pool boys?

At 9:31 PM, Blogger LARMOT said...

There is a new group on Facebook: God Save the (Drag) Queens - Protest Tides Miami Beach!

They state that "At this point, the only recourse available is to write the mayor of Miami Beach, write The Tides' corporate offices, or stop by Palace to sign the petition (and grab a drink!). Please take a moment of your time to keep this great South Beach Sunday tradition going."

Miami Beach's Mayor: Matti Herrera Bower
1700 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Viceroy Hotel Group
1212 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, California 90015

At 11:12 PM, Blogger Jeremiah Andrews said...

I guess as wars go, "What comes around goes around." Maybe the Palace is reaping what they sowed.

I would stand back and let them attempt to kill each other. Don't get involved.


At 1:21 PM, Blogger "the" Mrs. Astor said...

Ed, how viscious, but appropriate (as you always are).

Larmot, although the good mayor is as frightened about the gay voters as anyone else, she has little power to wield except as figurehead. Only the entire commission or the city manager influenced by them can help. BUT, they won't: because the basic problem is performing on the sidewalk and street; The Palace got away with it for years as long as a neighbor didn't complain. Point: you can not prevent egress or stop traffic to promote your business. Plain, and simple.

Jeriemiah, have no doubt that I won't lend a hand in this matter.


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