Best Of 2006

Best Local (and Laughable) Anti-Immigrant Group: The Tampa Bay Minutemen

Some people call them vigilantes; others call them heroes. We call them confused. The Tampa Bay Minutemen, a local off-shoot of the national organization’s posse of border patrol wannabes, seems a little out of place in sunny Florida. For one, our borders don’t touch a foreign country (unless you count Alabama). And two, we already have our fair share of vigilantes. Perhaps this point is not lost on the group’s members themselves; for the moment, the 45 members of the Tampa Minutemen are content meeting at Tampa’s Durango steakhouse and discussing U.S. immigration policy over lunch. Let’s hope it stays that way. www.minutemenflorida.com.