Mid July to early August: Secret Service expected to announce road closures around the Tampa Bay Times Forum. From this, it should be possible to deduce the footprint of the so-called security perimeter.
Aug. 26: Welcome party for delegates and media at Tropicana Field.
Aug. 27-30: Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa.
Sept. 3-6: Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. 15: Tampa Bay Host Committee files fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission.
Nov. 6: General election.
By the numbers
Expected visitors, including 10,000 VIPs, such as members of Congress and assorted dignitaries
Delegates and alternates to the convention
Current number of delegates for Florida, cut in half for violating party primary scheduling rules
Estimated number of protesters expected; only a small percentage are expected to be the anarchists that police fear will try to disrupt the event
License fee that the Tampa Bay Host Committee is paying Tampa for the use of the Tampa Convention Center as the official media center for the convention
Fundraising goal of the Tampa Bay Host Committee
Federal grant to the city of Tampa to pay for convention-related security
Number of police officers (both local and out-of-town) expected to be required each day of the convention
Approximate number of law enforcement officers expected to be hired from outside the Tampa Bay area to help police the convention
Estimated number of hotel rooms those out-of-town officers will need
Cost of hotel accommodations for out-of-town officers
City of Tampa budget for feeding police during the convention
City spending on about 60 surveillance cameras to be installed around the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the convention
Florida National Guard troops expected to be deployed in support roles during the convention
Number of charter buses that will carry delegates and other conventioneers around Tampa Bay
Venues on hold for delegations, associations, media organizations, others to book for parties, etc.
Volunteers needed to help during the convention
Last time a national political convention was held in Florida (Both conventions that year took place in Miami Beach)
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The delegate count
|Needed to nominate||1,144|
|Total delegate votes||2,286|
|Chosen thus far||1,512|
|Yet to be chosen||774|