By NICOLE ZEMA
Public comments and commissioner dialogue at the county commission meeting on Oct. 5 centered around a photo posted to Facebook by Commission Chairman Ralph Thomas. He photographed a scene at Mashes Sands Beach the evening of Oct. 3, that appears to show nine Muslims bowing in prayer.
Online comments tied to the photo demonstrate a spectrum of reactions from fear and disgust to acceptance and respect. Thomas himself did not remark on Islam or the people praying.