Despite all the banter for and against Amigos existence, several hundred people found their way the the fundraiser for Amigos Boquete Panama. As was said at the event, despite any flaws Amigos has a function in Boquete. Amigos has historically been one of very few places that is open late and caters to the entire market, locals, expats and tourists.
We arrived about at about six and left before nine and in that time many people came, drank, ate and many made donations for the legal defense fund. The only uninvited guests were a truck full of police who arrived at seven thirty. I never had the opportunity to ask if was a normal patrol or a noise complaint. I can say that only live music was from people singing happy birthday to Stone and two other people who happen to be celebrating their birthdays yesterday and it was short and not amplified.
Many people voted with their presence and donations that they would like to see Amigos reach a workable solution with it’s neighbors and stay open. In my often voiced opinion Boquete needs Amigos and more places like it if it wants to build a tourist economy.