WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — A barbecue for peace had to have a last-minute location change after its permit was revoked by the City of West Palm Beach.
The event organizer, Rodney Mayo, says he had everything all set for the BBQ to take place on Clematis Street In Downtown West Palm Beach, but Friday evening the permit for the event was revoked.
Kathleen Walter, the director of communications for West Palm Beach, tells CBS12 News the city isn't issuing any even permits due to COVID-19 concerns, even canceling the July 4th event. Walter says the original permit for the event was "issued in error as it did not take into consideration the [mayor's] Executive Order."
Because of the revocation of the permit, everything was moved at the last minute to a church in Lake Worth.
"We want to have a safe, comfortable venue for everybody to come, talk to your community," said Daniel Wander, one of the event organizers.
"Just to come show peace with everyone else at the barbecue. You know, just coming together," said Bobby Turner, who attended the barbecue.
The BBQ event is scheduled for Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
"We should have more things like this, more people stepping up, more people wanting change," said Earl Buchanan, who attended the event.
There will be food, musicians, and magicians. All of the money donated at the BBQ will go to the Corey Lamar Jones Foundation and the Inner City Youth Foundation.