Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
8:07 pm EST
Thursday, January 27, 2022

Lake Countians plan to float the vote

Thousands of supporters will attend President Donald Trump’s rally this afternoon in The Villages. Tomorrow, thousands of more supporters will take his message across Lake County’s waterways.

Organizers of The Trump Boat Parade hope to shore up support before the presidential election in 11 days. The parade begins at 1 p.m. in downtown Eustis. Boaters will eventually go through Dead River into Little Lake Harris and dock at Hickory Point. There, the Dallas Tyler Band will perform live from a barge.

“I like to be on the water, I like to be on a boat, and I like President Trump,” says Carolyn Maimone, who organized the event. “Why not combine three things that you really like?”

The county’s first Trump boat parade last June brought in 600 vessels. Carolyn expects that number to double tomorrow.

“I’m expecting between 1.200 to 1,500 boats,” she says. “I’m basing that off the feedback I’m getting from Facebook.

As of Friday afternoon, 2,700 people on the event’s Facebook site said they were going or interested in going.

“In addition to boaters, we’ll also have lots of people watching the event from land,” Carolyn says.

Carolyn said the event will be conducted in a “non-rioting, non-looting way.”

“We’re like-minded people getting together to support a president we all respect,” she says.