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Mitt Romney to hold rally in St. Petersburg on Friday

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is headed to St. Petersburg on Friday for a rally.

Romney's visit to the bay area comes roughly two weeks after he went to Sarasota for a rally that drew about 4,000 people.

Friday's event will be at Pier Park, 550 Second Ave. NE and also is likely to encompass nearby Spa Beach Park. Gates open at 3:45 p.m. and the rally is expected to start at 6:15 p.m.

Romney's announcement preserves Florida's streak of having someone from one of the presidential tickets — or their wives — visit each week since the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Next week is set, too, because President Barack Obama plans a campaign stop in Miami on Oct. 11.

St. Petersburg police said they could not answer questions about the rally or downtown traffic plans since Romney is protected by the Secret Service.

The campaign has applied for a permit to use the park.

The event coincides with First Friday, a monthly happening that draws a few thousand people to a block party on Central Avenue between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Downtown typically hops with music, food and a lively crowd.

Police expect no disruptions to either event.

Rally tickets are available at local Romney campaign offices through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or at mittromney.com/FL.

The ticket office locations are: 2101 Tyrone Blvd. N, St Petersburg; 3150 Tampa Road, Suite 16, Oldsmar; 4707 140th Ave. N, Suite 210, Clearwater; 1602 Oakfield Drive, Suite 207, Brandon; 4465 Gandy Blvd., Suite 820, Tampa; 234 Bullard Parkway, Temple Terrace.

Mitt Romney to hold rally in St. Petersburg on Friday 10/03/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 9:17pm]
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