A small group of protesters organized by the Animal Activists Network gather every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 2 p.m. to protest at the Miami Seaquarium. While on vacation in Naples, Florida, I figured this was a great time to join them. I drove over to Miami and arrived a few minutes before noon. I walked in to the Seaquarium's mostly empty parking lot, and saw a security guard in a golf cart. I was pretty sure she noticed my "Free Lolita" t-shirt. I decided to walk up to the ticket counter to see how much they were charging to get in ($45). I noticed this security guard had followed me up near the entrance. She said, in a voice loud enough for me to hear, "The Miami-Dade Police are hear already? Okay."
I saw another protester and went to join him on the sidewalk in front of the entrance. He informed me that because the parking lot was considered private property, I could have been arrested for trespassing. Imagine being arrested at my first protest before it even started!
At this point, the Miami-Dade Police Officer on duty approached us. He told us we could be as loud as we want, but his only request is that we not impede traffic. I was surprised how nice and supportive he was. I was prepared for some hostility but there was none. I don't know if he supports our cause, but he certainly supports our right to protest.