Long time since Miami Beach '72
A dominant figure at both conventions was Rocky Pomerance, the pipe-chewing 275-pound Miami Beach police chief, who oversaw security and made small talk with everybody from Bobby Seale to Barbara Walters.
Mindful of the violence at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, Pomerance discouraged confrontation and accommodated protesters, even giving radicals free bullhorns.
"He really understood young people," said Talbot (Sandy) D'Alemberte, the former Florida State University president who ran McGovern's Florida campaign. "He didn't believe in the 'lock everybody up' approach that was so popular around that time. Rocky was a great guy."
Now. Sue Carlton in her column in this morning's Tampa Bay Times: It is disconcerting how my downtown has been transformed by tall, black, heavy metal fences, things out of a prison movie, there to protect Important Buildings that have windows whited-out to reinforce them should someone aim a brick. The Times' Ben Montgomery today in Tampa: They've turned Tampa into a giant zoo. Can't help but feel like this is a bad idea. The Times' Leonora LaPeter Anton: Clusters of cops in khaki uniforms all over downtown Tampa. First arrests already in St. Pete.