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People gather at West Palm Beach restaurant to await news out of Puerto Rico

Posted at 9:27 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 21:28:44-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla— — As pressure mounts for Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello to resign, there’s a sense of excitement for some people in South Florida. People at La Cosinita Latina, a restaurant in West Palm Beach, have been stopping by for nearly the last 2 weeks to get the latest update.

“We are all waiting for any minute for the great news that Ricky Rossello has resigned,” said restaurant owner Max Lucena.

Lucena has loved ones who live in Puerto Rico. He like many others with ties to the island have been in constant communication with those taking to the streets of San Juan to protest.

“I wish I could be there. It’s the first time I’ve seen Puerto Rico talk and go to the streets,” said Rolando Cordero.

The universal message from Puerto Ricans living all around the world is “Ricky Renuncia,” which means Ricky resign.

“You degraded the people who supported you, you made fun of the people who died,” said Roberto Alonso Jr.

On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron Desantis weighed in.

“I don’t know if the reports are true, but what I would say is I’ve worked with the Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez, I heard she may run. She is a very, very strong voice for Puerto Rico and Washington and I think she’d be a really good governor,” said Desantis.

For now, employees of La Cosinita Latina, as well as restaurant patrons, say they are keeping busy until they hear more.

“I would hope for a safe transition that is the most important thing something that comes out that everyone is happy with,” said Lucena.

Lucena went on to say, if and when Rossello resigns you can expect a celebration to happen.