TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn will host three town hall meetings in mid-August to discuss the impact of the Republican National Convention on residents and businesses.
Officials from the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa Fire Rescue, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority and other city departments will take questions. The meetings will take place about two weeks before the Aug. 27-30 convention.
"We want to make sure that all of the surrounding neighborhoods know exactly what's going on and what to expect," Buckhorn said Wednesday. "We'll be candid. We'll lay out what the challenges will be and what the inconveniences will be. But we'll also remind them of how high the stakes are for us as a city and how proud they should be of us being able to do this."
Each meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on:
• Aug. 14 in the Taylor Great Room of the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive.
• Aug. 15, in the Smith Court Room of the Stetson University College of Law, 1700 N Tampa St.
• Aug. 16 at the Kate Jackson Community Center, 821 S Rome Ave.
All meetings will be free and open to the public. For information about the city's plans for the convention, including road closures and possible detours, visit tampagov.net/RNC.