First, an update on the whole "permit" debacle/miscommunication - if the Occupy folks are able to verify independently what I reported in my previous post, then they say there is no issue between them and the city. And they asked me to stress in my writing that the Occupy people are very grateful for the city's cooperation, including the police, fire, and parks and recreation departments.
Portland's chief spokeswoman says there is no need for concern about attempted city restrictions on the OccupyMaine group's activities, despite a strongly worded press release the OccupyMaine group issued earlier today suggesting otherwise. "I think there's some confusion," says Nicole Clegg, the city's communications director.
Conflict with city authorities is in the wings in Portland, on the sixth day of the occupation of Monument Square.
After a cold night in their tents at Lincoln Park, the OccupyMaine folk are back drumming and holding signs in Monument Square (there is a light overnight presence in the square too, so the occupation doesn't end there, and rather has a second location at the tent colony).