Patricia Polastri has become a bit of a nuisance – and has now even attracted the role.
First she tried to spread a bug to Corpus Christi City Council about insects and rodents that flood a main road after dozens of palm trees were planted there. She made a slide show and complained.
Polastri was bugged when the council took no action. So she brought a bag of dead cockroaches to a council meeting. The dead bugs sat on a table shared by the city attorney and interim city manager while she spoke.
Then, bitten by the protest virus, she took her revolt to the next level. Polastri stood in front of council members in a brown cockroach costume, complete with antennas and legs, at the meeting on Tuesday, the Corpus Christi Caller Times reported.
“I lived there when we only had three palm trees on that section of Ocean Drive; now we have 35,” she said. “In five blocks we have 156 palm trees alone. The city won’t care.”
Polastri, assistant professor of management and technology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, said the palm trees also obstruct the view.
Palm trees line Ocean Drive in Corpus Christi. (Google Maps)
Polastri’s bag of dead cockroaches has sparked a response from the city. A councilor, Ben Molina, took her down the street but did nothing afterward. And that, she said, was what prompted her costume, which she bought online.
“He mentioned that he didn’t know where the cockroaches came from, which is why I’m dressed like a cockroach – to show him I’m a cockroach that comes off Ocean Drive,” she said. “He also forgot to mention that we met in the middle of the day and everyone knows that cockroaches and rodents are nocturnal.”
Molina said he wanted to understand Polastri’s point of view. He also said he spoke to other residents who like the palm trees.
“A lot of residents who live in and around this area and the majority of the people who have reached out to me are in favor of landscaping,” Molina said. “That is why I did not urge the city to deal with the subject of landscaping there. Most of the time, many residents were in favor of landscaping.”
Polastri, who has lived in the area since 2012, said it wasn’t just about bugs and rodents. The palm trees make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians at night. She said she was afraid someone would be killed.
And she has no plans to run away.
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