Mayor hosts RNC town hall meetings, launches call center

5:50 AM, Aug 15, 2012   |    comments
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
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Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he is trying to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the Republican National Convention.

He hosted the first of three town hall meetings last night to answer questions about the impact of the RNC. He was met with a room full of concerned residents at the Florida Aquarium meeting room.

"We have no say in the matter, we're stuck with it," said Mary McColgan who is upset about not being able to drive to her home the week of the convention. The city is closing the 300 block of South Nebraska Avenue where McColgan calls home.

The area is also close the protest zone.

Read: Residents: RNC street closures make them prisoners

Mayor Buckhorn will host two more meetings. Tonight's will be held at Stetson University College of Law at 1700 North Tampa Street at 6 p.m. The third and final meeting will be held tomorrow, Aug. 16 at Kate Jackson Community Center at 821 South Rome Avenue also at 6 p.m.

Also in attendance: Representatives from the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Tampa Fire Rescue, Transportation and Parking, HART, Department of Solid Waste and the Office of Special Events.

The mayor also announced a 24-hour RNC Call Center which will open on Monday, Aug. 20 to answer questions from residents and visitors and provide up to date information. The hotline is: (866) 762-8687.

You can also sign up to receive alerts on your email, mobile device or email by calling (813) 231-6184. You can also sign up online at

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