Just about every boat Saturday afternoon had an American flag or one in support of President Donald Trump — and most had both. It all was a part of a three-hour-long flotilla in support of the 45th U.S. president along Pinellas County in the Intracoastal Waterway.
Naples Daily News reports from canoes to yachts, over 500 boats decorated with U.S. and Trump 2020 flags navigated Collier County waters Saturday in support of President Donald Trump’s reelection.
Boats departed after 10 a.m. from Naples City Dock to a recording of the song “God Bless USA” and the national anthem. They then navigated down the intracoastal waterway to the Jolley Bridge on Marco Island.
Around 530 boats participated in the parade, said Jamie Mosbach, a spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
“We didn’t have any incidents,” she said.
From a boat filled with her family members, Marco Island resident Doreen Oliverio said that she wants to see Trump win the 2020 general election.
“He is the greatest and can turn our country around,” she said.
Carl Oliverio, Doreen Oliverio’s nephew, said he came from Calabasas, California to get away from the state’s stay-at-home restrictions, which he called a “lockdown.”
He said the media is unfair to Trump.
“He was duly elected, and he should be given a fair chance,” Carl Oliverio said.
Steve Loyd, co-organizer of the event, said the parade shows that a majority of Americans back Trump.
“I’m overwhelmed with the support,” he said.
Marco resident Angie McGrath was in one of the boats with her wife, Caryn, as they pumped gas at the dock. She said members of the LGBT community back the president.
“Everybody says lesbians aren’t for Trump,” she said. “We are here to prove them wrong.”
Florida: Hundreds of boats 'make waves' for Trump from Naples to Marco Island
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