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Historic Customs House in Key West, Fla., stands behind remains of Hilton pier torn apart by Hurricane Wilma (photo: Key West Citizen)
Despite the attempt to dodge the impact of Hurricane Wilma by changing the dates for the annual Fantasy Fest, the storm has deluged any hopes for the homosexual debauchery party this week, and could force a complete cancellation.
“We know Fantasy Fest is on everyone’s mind,” City Commissioner Bill Verge said at a news conference this afternoon. “We have a problem with the infrastructure. We will have to work together. There is still tons and tons of debris.”
According to the Key West Citizen, Commissioner Mark Rossi estimated 70 percent of the island was under water during the peak flooding, with thousands of homes suffering flood damage.
He estimated damage to Key West to be in the millions of dollars.
“I have been here a longtime and this was the big daddy of them all,” Rossi told the paper.
The event, which was originally slated to begin last week, was delayed until this week to try to escape Wilma’s fury.
For now, Fantasy Fest officials are holding out hope the celebration which draws upward of 60,000 visitors to the Florida Keys will still take place.
“We are closely assessing the damage to the infrastructure,” says a message on the festival’s website. “The new date will be announced as soon as we are certain our city will be able to appropriately and safely service our residents and guests. We are working hard to bring you a better-than-ever freaky festival this year, so please remain patient as we hurdle this road block!”
For those not familiar with the perennial party in the week leading up to Halloween, the Associated Press describes it this way:
Fantasy Fest, which began in 1979 as a small food fair and parade, is a huge event in the nation’s gay community (not that there aren’t plenty of straights who also come for the debauchery). There are AIDS fundraisers, drag queen beauty contests, costume parties, lots of drinking and women wearing nothing but paint from the waist up.
As WorldNetDaily previously reported, another homosexual festival, Southern Decadence, was postponed in August as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans.
The catastrophic damage left by Katrina did not stop homosexuals from partying, as less than a week after the disaster, as thousands of people were suffering from homelessness and hunger in their flooded city, a group of “gays” marched down Bourbon Street in the Big Easy. A few days later, other homosexuals gathered in Lafayette, La., to hold what they called the Southern Decadence Parade in Exile.
At least one state senator has attributed this year’s hurricane devastation to the hand of God punishing the U.S. for its national breaking of biblical laws.
“America has been moving away from God,” said Alabama Sen. Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo. “The Lord is sending appeals to us. As harsh as it may sound, those hurricanes do say that God is real, and we have to realize sin has consequences.”
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