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Occupy Fort Lauderdale on Monday Afternoon: Five People Short of a Ghost Town

After reading a tweet this morning from Occupy Fort Lauderdale about "desperately" needing people at their occupation site (City Hall), we decided to check out exactly how many people were hanging around.

Shortly before 3 p.m., there were five people at the occupation site, although we were assured it was no indication that the movement was dying down.

Sure, we'd assume that most people would be at work at 3 p.m. on a weekday, but it's a far cry from the hundreds of people who showed up for Occupy Fort Lauderdale's inaugural meeting.

On the other hand, the .003 percent of Fort Lauderdale's population occupying City Hall around an hour ago is slightly higher than the proportion of New Yorkers who sleep in Zuccotti Park on a given day -- which, in higher estimates, is around 200 people.

Still, two of the men at City Hall agreed that 40 to 50 people occupying there for various lengths of time on any given day, as many people come and go with work and other responsibilities.

Not one person there saw any end in sight for the occupation, though, as a few of them offered hypothetical situations or goals that would end their occupation -- none of which seem likely to be attained in the immediate future.

One of the occupiers, a native of Estonia, offered his endgame -- there isn't one.

He says he wants Occupy gatherings to have a direct democratic representation in government, which hasn't been a central component of any modern government.

We've seen events between the beginning of Occupy Fort Lauderdale and the present day -- like their general assemblies and marches -- that have brought out any number of occupiers, but the camp at City Hall on a weekday isn't exactly a hit.

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