Germain Arena: 'Trump protestors not allowed, Secret Service will remove them'

Posted at 10:13 PM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 10:56:53-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla.  - Big disappointment for Donald Trump fans in Southwest Florida.  If you want tickets to go to his Lee County rally on Monday you're out of luck.   Fox 4 finding out his critics won't be allowed in either.

fficials at Germain Arena say they won't allow protesters on their property in Estero.  More than 8,000 people will be jammed into the arena for a chance to see Donald Trump on Monday.

But if any of them plan to protest the event they may want to think again.  Officials at Germain Arena tell  Fox 4 that "protestors will not be allowed on the property" to insure Trump's visit will not be interrupted.

Yoseph Tedros is chairman of Lee County Democrats and says, “He's the candidate. I totally disagree with what he says, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have the right to come here and say it. I've heard people might protest, they have a right to protest. I don't see any issues with it."

Anthony Thomas chairs the non-partisan group "Citizens for a Better Fort Myers".  When asked how he feels about Trump, Thomas replied, “I don't like the man and I'm not voting for him."

Neither one is a fan of Trump’s, but they're advising their committee members not to protest and instead spend that time getting Democrats registered to vote.

Tedros says, "Go knock on doors, tell your neighbors tell your friends. You know this election, personally I think, is going to be close very close."

Germain Arena officials admit the place will be packed, since the Trump campaign likely gave out more tickets than seats.

And tight security may also slow down the process, the Secret Service is even bringing their own magnotometers -- or metal detectors.

But there's some confusion over who is handling potential protestors.  According to management at Germain Arena, it's up to the Secret Service to keep protestors out.  But the Secret Service tells us Germain Arena is a private facility and managing protestors is up to them.

Tedros tells us, "I think people have a right to protest and sometimes the protest can happen in a lot of ways, it can be outside the fence when people come in and out. People can still see it, it doesn't have to be inside."