Tampa proposes creating secure 'Clean Zone' and official parade route for RNC protests
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is proposing a new, temporary ordinance that will establish a "Clean Zone" aimed at securing downtown and surrounding neighborhoods while accommodating protests during the Republican National Convention.
The city also plans to designate an official parade route for demonstrations and a "public viewing area" where protesters can demonstrate around the clock near the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
But the proposed ordinance does not say where the public viewing area or the official parade route would be. Designating the route in advance is meant to minimize traffic disruption in and around downtown, officials say.
In announcing plans for the ordinance Wednesday, Buckhorn issued a statement saying that city officials want "everyone to be able to make their voices heard" during the convention.
"This ordinance lays the ground work so that they can do so legally," he said. Creating the clean zone and public viewing area, he said, "will give residents and commuters working in downtown a sense of security."
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