Halloween condo costume considered 'protest,' requires permit, Florida woman claims she was told

She said an officer finally agreed she could legally wear the costume to a party -- but only if she doesn’t tell anyone what it is or why she’s wearing it

Halloween condo costume considered 'protest,' requires permit, Florida woman claims she was told

According to a report, a Florida activist was warned by a officer to not wear a condo Halloween costume at a local party. It's considered a demonstration of a planned building on a taxpayer-funded shore.

Cat Uden, who is a vocal critic of this project, stated that she will wear the costume to a block celebration in Hollywood, Florida according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Uden invited people to join the Hollyweird Halloween Party on Facebook a week ago. She was dressed in anti-condo signs and wore a costume. The police replied that she would need to have a permit to organize riots.

The condo would be built in the area where a park and community center are currently located. If the project is approved, another park and community centre would be built. The commission vote will be held later in the year.

"Decorate a Box and Join Us for the Fun!" Uden posted the following on Facebook. Uden wrote on Facebook: "The more condos that are standing together as a condo canyon, then the greater our impact will be. This event is sure to be well-attended and a great way to spread the word. #HollyWeird

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She stated that a police officer called her a few days later to warn her about the illegality of wearing the costume and leading demonstrations without a permit.

She explained to Sun-Sentinel that she told him it was a costume party, and that she had the constitutional right to wear a dress. "I don’t consider it to be a demonstration, and that’s why I didn’t apply for a permit."

Cat Uden displays her Halloween costume protesting a proposed 30-story condo on Hollywood Beach, Thursday Oct. 28, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida. (Associated Press).

The officer agreed that she could legally wear it, but she must not tell anyone about it or why.

He said that if I told anyone why my condo costume was on, it would be an illegal protest. Uden stated, "I was shocked."

If she ignores the initial warning, she could be expelled from Saturday night's party.

She stated that she would leave her son at home to attend the party which is expected attract approximately 5,000 revelers.

She told the newspaper that she didn't want her to be harassed by police officers.

Bob Jarvis, a Nova Southeastern University constitutional law professor, said to the Sun-Sentinel that the police have warned her that they are "shaky" and that her right to dress in a costume and voice her opinion is protected under the First Amendment. He said that there is no reason for her to incite anyone or start a riot.

Clive Taylor Jr. also opposed the project, said that "it just keeps getting stranger and weirder." "If people want a message to be sent with their costumes, then I don't see the problem. This is freedom of speech. People care deeply about their beach, and don't want to see huge condos coming north of Hallandale.

Updated Date: 31 October 2021, 15:40

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