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Another glowing RNC report from Tampa's mayor, police chief

TAMPA — Another day, another sunny report from Tampa's mayor and police chief.

"When everyone leaves tomorrow, this will be the benchmark that any city strives for," said Bob Buckhorn at a media briefing on Thursday morning, the last day of the Republican National Convention.

"It has gone, by all our calculations, very, very well," said Jane Castor.

What does that look like?

Quiet streets. Manageable traffic.

And not even enough arrests to count on one hand — even after a scuttle between protesters and police Wednesday night, where demonstrators tried to incite officers by dangling doughnuts in front of officers faces.

"Our police officers, being who they are, said, 'Mayor, that's no doughnut,' " Buckhorn joked. "'That's a bagel painted to look like a doughnut.' Needless to say, they didn't take the bait."

"We couldn't be prouder," Castor added.

Kim Wilmath can be reached at or 813-226-3337.

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