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Tampa council delays vote on 'Clean Zone' protest rules for Republican National Convention



Swamped by complaints, the Tampa City Council put off voting Thursday on a proposed set of ground rules for protests outside the Republican National Convention.

The two-week delay is meant to give officials time to address concerns raised by civil libertarians, Occupy Tampa, protest groups — and the council itself.

"Completely unworkable," council member Mary Mulhern said of the proposed "Clean Zone" ordinance. "We need to go back to the drawing board."

Chief among the council's concerns was that the Clean Zone, where many types of potential weapons would be banned, would be too big.

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[Last modified: Friday, April 6, 2012 9:59am]


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