The May 26 visit by Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to the Pride Center in Wilton Manors cost the city $2,701, according to police.
As part of her visit, Pelosi, who is also the House Minority Leader, promised that Democratic lawmakers would make the “Equality Act” a top priority if voters returned them to power in 2018. The act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which includes protections against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Commander Gary Blocker said the money for additional security for Pelosi came out of the sworn/non-sworn salaries and sworn overtime accounts. Blocker said similar visits have been funded the same way.
“The city assesses these special events on a case by case basis in order to decide if it is appropriate to invoice the applicable organization or individual,” wrote Blocker in an email. “The Wilton Manors Police Department is committed to assessing the public safety needs of our community and implementing the appropriate level of security on a continuous basis and as special circumstances arise.”