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Isaac is out there, shifting west, it looks like, which would mean good news, at least for Tampa -- but it's out there. Debby's wind and water did real damage back in June. Doesn't need to hit head-on to be bad. Doesn't even need to be a hurricane. Big, confident talk, though:

Rick Scott: "... it looks like we'll have some rain and some wind."

Reince Priebus: "... we're going to have a convention."

Bob Buckhorn: "I think this convention's going to go off just fine."

Non-Isaac-related concern: "Current analysis indicates that some activist groups are planning maritime activities to make their political views known," the Coast Guard said in the rule, which was published Thursday in the Federal Register. "The geography of the Tampa Bay region makes these 15 bridges a vital component of the regional transportation network."

Traffic changes and roads closed. Both sides of the bay.

Donald Trump? In Sarasota? STATESMAN OF THE YEAR?

The unofficial start of the protests surrounding the convention happened Thursday at the Raytheon plant in Largo. The Times' Leonora LaPeter Anton was there. "Raytheon, shame on you," they chanted. "Children die because of you."

Nobody will be evicted next week in Hillsborough. The county's super busy with other stuff. In Pinellas: business as usual.

Tampa's homeless: "What we want to know is where are we supposed to go?"

Just so you know: Military aircraft will take to the skies today to practice their response should any planes stray into — or invade — restricted airspace during the Republican National Convention.

Finally, about 60 agencies will convene at this secret location during the Republican National Convention, working side-by-side to improve communication. Storm or no storm.

And we'll cover all of it.

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