PALESTINE, TX-While Dallas city officials have said no to the Exxxotica Convention, City of Palestine officials voted in a late night, often tense, meeting and said yes to the convention being held in the city.
“This is a great opportunity for the city to generate some revenue and promote our struggling tourism program,” District 6 Councilmember Steve Presley said. “Some won’t like it, and to those that don’t, just don’t go, but boy you don’t know what you’ll be missing.”
It was billionaire Ray Hunt of Dallas that ran the sex expo from the Big D, and it was a candidate for District 1 city council who pressured Palestine’s council into allowing the event.
Will Brule said that, after years of attending the event, he finds the event healthy for sexually active adults and doesn’t understand what the controversy about the event is all about.
“I’ve attended the event for years and it’s good family fun and if you don’t have a family, you’ll head back to the hotel room and make one after seeing everything at this shindig,” Brule said.
Brule and a male companion spent over two hours in closed session with council members making their case to bring the event to Palestine before emerging, exhausted and out of breath, just after 11 PM smelling of Astroglide and cigarettes. Both displayed optimism that council would vote in their favor. That optimism eventually turned to celebration when council unanimously voted to allow the Exxxotica Sex Convention to be held at the Palestine Civic Center.
City of Palestine Event Coordinator Heather Hrebec was fast at work as she made preparations including notifying local hotels, clearing the civic center schedule and ordering and scheduling the installation of condom dispensing machines in the public restrooms at the civic center.
“Across the street from the civic center, right behind the DPS office, is a huge gay cruising area and this event will be strategically located to cater to not only visitors to our city, but those that frequent that little park,” Hrebec said.
Not everyone seemed pleased; however, as Interim City Manager Mike Alexander was visibly angry.
“That’s it. I’m out of here,” Alexander said. “I mean, really?”
As of press time, the city continues to confirm that Alexander remains the interim city manager.