UPDATE:  January 28, 2010 8:20PM

A message from Ivan the General Manager from Palace:"I would like to thank the community for their thoughts, good wishes and comments. You are not alone! Yesterday, I had the honor of meeting Mayor Matti Bower, and some Miami Beach City Officials, to discuss the issue at hand. As always, her heart goes out to the gay community and we have her full support in this matter. The City of Miami Beach is aware of the situation, and together, we are working on a resolution.

I am happy to report that first and foremost, The City has been wonderful to work with and they value the importance of the gay community in Miami Beach and our out-of town families. I will be consulted in how to move forward in the next 24-48hr. But as of now, the shows are on hold until further notice. I will be working very hard to ensure that our traditional shows flow this weekend. Please take a moment to reflex on how lucky we are in Miami Beach to have the loving support of Mayor Matti and her long time fight for our causes. Remember, if it wasn't for Mayor Matti, we would not have our annual MIami Beach Pride. In the next couple of days, weeks, we might be asking for your help and I hope we can count on your support and the support of the people. In the meantime, we can show the city and the general public how serious we are in keeping our traditions alive. Please email the mayor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.v
"Long live the Queens, Long live Mayor Matti, God Save the Palace Drag Queens!"

Ivan Cano
General Manager of the Palace

... Show your support this Sunday at Palace.


Original Post:  January 27, 2010 2:06PM
"In case you are unaware, the Tides Miami Beach has forced the City of Miami Beach's hand, and as of now, the Palace can no longer have drag performances on Sundays during Drag Brunch. The Tides’ general manager is claiming that the increased noise levels during drag performances has become a nuisance to the Tide's guests and has negatively impacted their business."


"I find it highly unlikely that several 10 minute shows at a small community gay bar have anything to do with the Tides’ revenue stream. Their problems are more accurately a direct reflection of tough economic times and the hotel's mismanagement. The Palace's management has repeatedly tried to negotiate with the Tides' G.M., and she is unwilling to accept any mutually beneficial, fair medium. At this point, the only recourse available is to write the mayor of Miami Beach, write The Tides' corporate offices, or stop by Palace to sign the petition (and grab a drink!). Please take a moment of your time to keep this great South Beach Sunday tradition going." - Pat Feeney, FSU Student via Facebook.

Miami Beach's Mayor:
Matti Herrera Bower
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