Delilah requests security for Saturday appearance

Delilah Rene, shown here speaking at a McCormick Woods gathering in February, will appear at a Port Orchard restaurant she owns today. - File Photo
Delilah Rene, shown here speaking at a McCormick Woods gathering in February, will appear at a Port Orchard restaurant she owns today.
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Port Orchard resident and nationally known radio personality Delilah Rene will make a rare hometown appearance today, when she will greet fans and sign autographs at her downtown restaurant.

“She truly is in love with the community, and is proud to call Port Orchard home,” said her spokesman, Matt Blair. “She always speaks about how awesome and welcoming they are, so she wanted to give back.”

While Delilah isn’t as universally popular as, say, Oprah Winfrey, she has a passionate fan base that follows her nightly radio show.

A combination of romance-based advice and accompanying easy-listening music, it boasts a nightly audience of 13 million listeners and is sometimes characterized as “the Oprah of radio.”

And like any celebrity, Delilah draws her share of overzealous fans. As a result, she has made specific security requests of the Port Orchard Police Department to protect her against attendees who may act inappropriately.

Blair said Delilah “has had her fair share of annoyances over the years, but she faces no immediate threats.”

Her “main stalker” is currently incarcerated, Blair said, and there are restraining orders against several others, according to the request sent to the city.

Even so, the officers will be supplied with pictures of several “problem fans” to watch for should they appear at the event.

Delilah has also requested a “chaser car” after the event, to prevent fans from trying to follow her back to her home.

According to the request, this desire to keep her residence a secret is “in order to avoid potentially dangerous situations in the future.”

Delilah is familiar with the Port Orchard Police Department, and requested several officers by name.

Delilah will hold court at her restaurant, Delilah’s Cozy Kitchin, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The restaurant, located at 150 Harrison Ave., first opened in February. Blair said Delilah plans to open another restaurant in Port Orchard in the future, but did not provide details about the new venture.

The Port Orchard Police routinely provides security for private events as long as they are not held in liquor establishments, then billing the event sponsors $40 an hour for each officer involved.

In this case, Delilah will reimburse about $1,000 to the city.

Blair said he offered to pay in advance for the security detail, but the city chose to present an invoice at the end of the event.

Townsend said the four officers would be able to handle the expected crowds, and he was not calling in any extra traffic patrols. He said parking enforcement, usually less stringent on Saturdays, would be handled on a complaint basis.

“This will be good for the community,” he said of the event. “It will benefit the city, because it will bring people in who might end up shopping at some of the stores downtown.”

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