Tea Parties are returning to the First Coast just in time for the July 4th weekend. Fresh off the success of the first party, which organizers say drew nearly 2,000 people to a lunch-time event at the Jacksonville Landing, the Duval County Republican Party is planning a repeat performance on Thursday, July 2nd from 5:30 to 7:00. Anxious, perhaps, to avoid any criticism of local government spending or the recently-proposed property tax increases, Republican organizers have asked that participants make signs focused on “Washington” and “big government spending.” The participants have been asked to declare their “independence from tyranny.”
St. Augustine will hold a tea party of its own on July 5 at Castillo de San Marcos.
The Duval County Republican Party’s flyer is below… UPDATE: The Duval County Republican Party has said that although they “promoted” this event, they did not sponsor or plan it. The flyer below has been updated to reflect the flyer that was originally e-mailed. The sentence “Paid by Republican Party of Duval County” is at the bottom, referring to the party’s covering the cost to promote the event via e-mail.