Taking stock so far
The optimistic and the otherwise obligated said this was going to be an economic windfall and bring to Tampa and the Tampa Bay area transformative exposure. They're still saying some of that. The pessimistic or just a little more realistic said ... come on. No way. So here we are. It's Wednesday of RNC week. The reactions of downtown merchants range from underwhelmed to kind of livid. The travel woes of Florida's own delegates have highlighted the area's inexcusable lack of acceptable public transportation. Tropical weather canceled a day and now it's just hot. At least there hasn't been a dreaded pepper spray moment. There actually hasn't been much of anything. It was true yesterday and it's true today. So much is going on and nothing is happening.