The 12th Biennial IACFS conference was held in Ft. Lauderdale October 27-30. Florida betrayed its rep as the Sunshine State for the duration. Hurricane season had passed yet mid-coast Florida seemed to be throwing a tantrum anyway. An unbroken gale from the Atlantic threatened to knock over anyone who failed to lean into it. For at least five days a deluge seemed imminent even if not a drop of rain fell.
Separated from the ocean by a coastal road, the Westin hotel had its own micro-climate, less tempestuous than the wind-pummeled beaches, but a pressurized environment nonetheless in which for some, at least, a tormented history hovered over an uncertain present.