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At least 10 downtown banks close during Republican National Convention

7:17 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- At least 10 downtown Tampa banks will close during the Republican National Convention.

Financial institutions that have announced their downtown branches will be closed during the week of Aug. 27 include: Regions Bank, Florida Capital Bank, Sun Trust, BB&T, Florida Bank, C1 Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Wells Fargo, Florida West Coast Credit Union and US AmeriBank.

On Friday, Bank of America says it will announce whether its downtown bank will stay open during the convention.

Officials with M&I say they may close, but as of now will take it day-by-day.

Northern Trust, located at 425 N. Florida Avenue, says it will stay open during the convention.

Financial institutions are frequently targeted by anarchists and officials expect 15,000 protesters to be in town for the GOP Convention.

But while most of Tampa's downtown financial institutions will be closed during the historic event, a survey by the Downtown Tampa Partnership finds about 140 downtown businesses will stay open with some even extending hours of operation.

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