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Tampa convention planners ponder the what-ifs of a hurricane

25

June

As he looks ahead to hosting next year's Republican National Convention, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is upbeat, but blunt.

"The only thing that could make our life miserable is a hurricane," he said last week.

That's possible, but not likely.

The chance of a hurricane hitting Tampa Bay the week of the convention are probably less than 1 percent, a National Hurricane Center scientist estimates.

Still, it's not zero. So Buckhorn vows Tampa will not be caught off-guard. There will be, he said, no Katrina-style chaos.

"I want to make sure we practice and practice and practice until we're ready," he said. "This is not New Orleans, and I am not Ray Nagin."

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http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/along-with-the-crowds-tampa-2012-gop-convention-planners-prepare-for-the/1177194

 

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