Republican National Convention brings talk of lockdowns in Tampa, beautiful light displays
Times staff writer Richard Danielson has two stories today about how the Republican National Convention will affect the city of Tampa:
DISRUPTION: Protesters and jurors don't mix. So don't expect to see judges gaveling trials to order at the Hillsborough County courthouse the week of Aug. 27-30, when the Republican National Convention comes to town. The courthouse will be open, officials say, but some other downtown government offices won't be. At the same time, fences might go up around the courthouse and County Center, or selected streets could be closed to keep rock-throwing vandals away. Taken together, such measures, now under consideration by local officials, provide a glimpse of the impact that the convention promises to have on civic life in downtown Tampa. Story here.
LIGHTS: Just in time for the Republican National Convention, Tampa will light up four downtown bridges spanning the Hillsborough River. And when the convention leaves, the art will stay. The bridges and the river below will remain lit at night, every night, permanently. "This will be a signature project for the city," Mayor Bob Buckhorn said at a news conference Tuesday on the Riverwalk at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. "This waterfront that we're standing on today is probably the best natural asset that we have." Story here.