Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum makes a surprise appearance in WPB

Posted at 10:43 AM, Sep 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-22 17:34:11-04

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m.
Democratic Florida gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum made a surprise appearance at the protest for Puerto Rico.  The appearance wasn't listed on Gillum's itinerary for today or on the rally's program.

"I want to remind this country to do right by the people of this country," Gillum speaking on the devastation that is still plaguing Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Watch Gillum's Speech 



UPDATE: 3:23 p.m.
Watch Protest for Puerto Rico start their rally

UPDATE: 2:18 p.m.

Protesters passed Mar-a-Lago in their cars and trucks honking their horns and waving Puerto Rican flags.  Now they are on their way to the Meyer Amphitheater to start their rally.

WATCH: Puerto Rico protesters have last minute change.

UPDATE: 12:24 p.m.

According to WPTV Reporter Jillian Idle, plans for the protest for Puerto Rico have changed.  Organizers say the buses they planned to use to protest outside of Mar-a-Lago are having an issue navigating the bridges crossing the Intracoastal.  

This last-minute challenge has the caravan dropping off passengers at the Meyer Amphitheater, then getting into cars and driving to Palm Beach.  The protesters do not plan to get out of their cars, but they will wave signs as they circle around and drive past Mar-a-Lago. Palm Beach Police says this will happen around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and they expect minimal traffic delays. 

Then the protesters will head back to the Myer Amphitheater to start their rally.

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Later today, protesters will be caravaning to Mar-A-Lago from Miami.  Their chief mission is to persuade lawmakers to send more aid to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.  President Trump is not there, but over nine groups are assembling together in hopes their message will be heard.

The protesters say the island needs more attention from Congress and the Administration.  They want leaders to adopt an agenda that will put Puerto Rico's economy on the road to future growth and prosperity.

Afterward, they are expected to rally at the Meyer Amphitheater on Evernia Street along the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach.

Meyer Event Schedule
2 p.m. - Buses arrive at Meyer Amphitheatre 
3 p.m. - "Rally" and cultural presentations
6 p.m. - Vigil and program closes
7 p.m. - Buses depart back home

Hurricane Maria made landfall just over a year ago.

WPTV Reporter, Jillian Idle, will be covering this story today.