Beer-drenched debauchery unfolds at Allen West event

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Protesters rented a hotel room to crash an outdoor Allen Westevent at Pirates Cove Resort & Marina from their balcony above, prompting beer, ice cube and even salt shaker tossing before sheriff’s deputies escorted the protesters off the property Wednesday night.

The congressman was six minutes into his campaign speech on Pirates Cove’s outside pool deck when four protesters emerged from a hotel room onto their balcony overlooking the event. Stand Up Florida protesters shouted out garbled messages and unfurled a banner that read “Allen West is out of touch, Allen West is out of office.”

Before the crowd started booing loudly, Andrew Mina, Martin County field director for Mitt Romney’s campaign, tugged the banner down.

That started about a four-minute exchange with more protesters shouting over a microphone. West supporters kept booing and tossed water, ice cubes, beer and a couple of middle fingers at the balcony inhabitants.

Water and beer also showered down from the balcony. The protesters said it was splash-back from projectiles thrown from the crowd on the ground. However; a few West supporters said they saw protesters toss them down. At one point, an elderly West supporter cocked back his arm to hurl a glass salt shaker upward, but could only throw it a few feet before it shattered on the ground.

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