Boxing promoter Don King bowed his head in prayer for the invocation and placed his hand over his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance.
He sat through a five-minute community improvements video and then applauded when the mayor commended a local jeweler for organizing a charity road race.
Seems even a donation of $326,000 for a new fire engine won't win you a spot at the top of the Deerfield Beach City Commission agenda.
Still, agenda item D-4 _ the honoring of King and his wife, Henrietta _ was clearly the highlight of the meeting.
"This is what America is all about," said King, who opened a $2.1-million office for his company headquarters in Deerfield Beach in March.
King offered to replace the city's newest truck, which was destroyed Oct. 11 when it was struck by a Corvette. The truck had been parked on an interstate median so firefighters could assist a motorist.
"I have a fondness for firetrucks because they save people's lives," King told the commission.
The lime-green truck, which contains advanced life-support equipment, should be delivered within 120 days, fire Chief Gary Lother said.
"I'm still a little bit numb about this," Lother said.
Business went on at the commission meeting, in spite of the hoopla.
Jim Dunn was recognized for organizing a road race that raised $111,000 for a new Boys and Girls Club. But he said he had ulterior motives for showing up at the meeting.
"I came here hopefully so I could be Don King's jeweler," Dunn said, "but I couldn't even sneak him a card yet."