"Republican National Convention" and "hurricane"
What do you find when you search those two terms in the Tampa Bay Times archives?
"We will not accept the fact there is a hurricane problem," Catoe said.
Tampa City Council member Mary Alvarez said it was a poor excuse for not picking her hometown.
"We certainly would have made an effort to try and prevent hurricanes from coming," she said.
Worry about hurricane season helped tip the selection to Minnesota four years ago, but Austin dismissed that. Convention dates are not set for 2012, but it will be in late August or early September.
"No one can control what the weather's going to be, but you look at the Tampa Bay area and it hasn't been hit by a hurricane in a long, long time," he said.
Asked a question about concerns for hurricanes threatening during the planned August convention, Steele said the weather can cause problems wherever a convention is held. Looking out through the windows of the Times Forum, he added, "I'm looking at blue skies, warm weather and shorts."