Imagine this. After spending more than two months shuttered due to COVID-19, most Fort Lauderdale businesses were finally allowed to open on Monday. Local store owners and restaurants desperately need customers to come through their doors to jump start the local economy. So what does Mayor Dean Trantalis (D-Backbencher) do?
Like a true backbencher, Mayor Dean Trantalis takes to social media to urge residents to #shoplocal. Trantalis even shows off the face mask he purchased at Julian’s Fountain of Treasures.
Just one problem.
Julian’s Fountain of Treasures is not located in the City of Fort Lauderdale.
Julian Cavazos’ high-end thrift store is located at 2378 Wilton Drive in the City of Wilton Manors.
After two months in lockdown, Dean Trantalis’ first post in support of “local” business is a Wilton Manors thrift store?!?
Can you imagine the Mayor of Miami urging residents to “shop local” by visiting The Galleria Mall?
Or the Mayor of Hollywood asking residents to visit the Elbo Room in support of “shop local.”
Does Dean Trantalis even know the boundaries of his City? Does he realize the city limits extend past I-95? Maybe his advisers, Eric Johnson of Wilton Manors and Blake MacDiarmid of Miami Beach, gave Trantalis bad directions?