Next Republican National Convention security expenditure: Temporary fences
The Tampa City Council will be asked Thursday to approve spending $290,000 on temporary fencing for the Republican National Convention. The fences, made by Premier Global Production Co. of Nashville, were used at both national political conventions four years ago. A police memo says the barrier "will be critical in the protection of city and county buildings," though it doesn't say which buildings would be fenced, and also will protect officers assigned to guard those buildings. Funds for the purchase would come from Tampa's $50 million federal grant for convention security. The company's quote to the city said the amount of fencing to be supplied will be determined after a site visit. It also gives a price of $29 a foot. At that rate, $290,000 would cover up to 10,000 feet, or almost two miles of fence.