Tampa sets $2M ceiling for surveillance cameras at 2012 Republican National Convention
The first time Tampa priced surveillance cameras for next year's Republican National Convention, officials got sticker shock when the bids approached $5 million.
So now the city has trimmed its plans from more than 200 cameras down to about 60. It set a top price of $2 million. And it cut high-tech novelties like helmet cams and unmanned drones from its wish list.
"All that stuff is very expensive, and we're on a budget, so we're going to have to be more prudent," Tampa police Assistant Chief Marc Hamlin said. "We thought $5 million was way too much to spend, so that's why we had to scale it down and tighten it up."
The city issued its latest request for proposals earlier this month. Responses are due Jan. 18, and the cameras must be in place by July 1.
That's because police expect 10,000 to 15,000 demonstrators to converge when the convention meets Aug. 27-30 at the St. Pete Times Forum.