Ex-Flagler Avenue kingpin Robert Lott serves as bouncer with new shoes
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Robert Lott was still wearing the same ratty clothes, though he made sure to show off his new plastic shoes when the internet newspaper showed up to take photos of the recent "Cheeseburger in Paradise" fundraiser at the Brannon Center held by the Rotary clubs of New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater.
Lott was there to make sure everyone who passed through paid their $75 before entering the premesis, though when questioned, Lott himself could not show that he paid, too.
And what better representation for Rotarians than Bob Lott, former kingpin of Flagler Avenue and ex-owner of the Observer weekly newspaper until he and his wife, Michele, sought bankruptcy protection two years ago when they lost the newspaper, their Edgewater home to foerceclusure and their used cars.
And for the cost of the ticket, the couple hundred attendees made sure they got money's worth of the booze.
Headline Surfer® was there for the Aug. 28 event to take photos and even promoted it with an advance story as acommunity service, but Rotary officials were too thin-skinned to stand up to Lott's bullying at the door.
The internet newspaper had no intention of drinking, but Lott needed something to feel in-charge over and asserted his manhood demanding $75 or no passage. Of course, when asked to show that he, too, paid, Lott was suddenly speechless.
At one point, Lott even lifted the same light gray ratty pants he's worn over and over to make sure the internet newspaper saw his new Kmart shoes. Headline Surfer® didn't take his bait and left.
At one point, Robert Lott even lifted the same light gray ratty pants he's worn over and over to make sure the internet newspaper saw his new Kmart shoes. Headline Surfer® didn't take his bait and left.
The fundraiser goes for programs that benefit chidren in the community, according to Rotary organizers.