Republican National Convention: Tampa Security Plan
One convention. Two cities. Virtually too many disruptions to count.
The Secret Service finally released its security plan for the Republican National Convention on Monday, July 24, detailing how two separate event perimeters will alter downtown life less than five weeks from now.
Click here for an interactive map of road closures and security zones around Tampa.
In Tampa, the footprint will close the southern end of downtown to nearly all traffic from Whiting Street to the waterfront. Closures will include the Brorein Street bridge, the Franklin Street bridge to Harbour Island and the Platt Street bridge, which carries 34,000 vehicles a day into a tunnel under the Tampa Convention Center. Not many people live in the part of downtown that will see the most traffic restrictions, but some do. (I DO!)
A Tampa perimeter closed to pedestrians will include everything south of Brorein Street from Meridian Avenue on the east to a chunk of the western bank of the Hillsborough River on the west. In downtown Tampa, more than 900 of about 1,400 on-street parking spaces will be unavailable. Access will be limited to the Whiting Street and Fort Brooke parking garages.
The Secret Service typically says little or nothing about where it puts its hardened secure perimeters, but its announcement Monday provides the best look yet at where those fences are likely to go.
For more information about Tampa’s RNC security zone and St. Petersburg’s RNC security zone click here.