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Tampa strip clubs preparing for GOP convention bonanza

21

April

TAMPA — Two competing businessmen have been on the phone recently, taking the unusual step of sharing their business plans and renovation projects.

Both are remodeling for the Republican National Convention, adding touches to make the politically powerful feel at ease and preparing to stock up on more high-end products.

Rob Rice, manager of one of the establishments, says he has no problems bouncing ideas off a competitor, not when "there's going to be plenty to go around."

The businesses: two of Tampa's better known strip clubs — Tampa Gold Club and Scores Gentlemen's Club & Steakhouse.

Across the Tampa Bay region, many of the estimated 50 strip establishments are upgrading lighting, hiring dancers and creating private nooks to cash in on some of the 50,000 visitors expected for the GOP convention. Long one of Tampa's signature industries, strip clubs are preparing for the RNC as earnestly as the city has been repairing bridges, repaving streets and planting park benches downtown.

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[Last modified: Saturday, April 21, 2012 5:59pm]

    

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