By Jason Cohen
DELRAY BEACH – Crews worked over the weekend to prepare the Tennis Center for President Barack Obama’s visit to the All-America City on Tuesday.
At least five workers from Green Earth, an eco-friendly power washing company, were busy cleaning the bricks and walkway where thousands of people are expected to use hear the president speak.
Obama is scheduled to speak to thousands at a grassroots event at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., at approximately 10:15 a.m. Doors open at 7 a.m., the Obama campaign announced.
As crews worked, several visitors to the enclosed center found themselves shouting to compete with the noise from the generators. Most paid little attention to the workers. Others stopped momentarily to watch.
“I think it’s really cool that he can come to Delray Beach to share his views,” said Evelyn Henry, 86, of suburban Delray Beach. The Kings Point resident was among hundreds who picked up admission tickets at the Center.
Henry said seniors are excited about Obama’s visit.
“It’s a very exciting experience no matter what your views are,” she said.
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entrance. Tickets will be distributed until 10 p.m. on Saturday, and begin again at 9 a.m. on Sunday for as long as tickets are available.
Sylvia Reyes, a native of Peru, who will vote in her second presidential election this fall, said the preparation for Tuesday’s visit wasn’t too much of a distraction.
“I don’t think it’s interfering,” she said. “It’s not like it happens every day. It’s only for a few days. Besides, it’s for a good cause and I am just thrilled to experience this.”