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Forum to be protected by 8-foot tall fences and concrete barriers during RNC

6:33 PM, Jul 13, 2012   |    comments
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
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Tampa, Florida - The Tampa Bay Times Forum will be protected by 8-foot tall steel fences and concrete barriers during the Republican National Convention. That's according to information included in a U.S. Secret Service document released this week.

The request for purchase document also says the barriers that will be put up must be strong enough to stop a 15,000-pound vehicle going 30-miles an hour.

The Secret Service has yet to announce the perimeter for the August 27th event, but the request paints a picture of what types of items will be used to secure the area.

Much of the fencing will be covered with 1/8th-inch steel mesh to disperse any liquid thrown at them. Officials are also looking for more than 10,000-linear-feet of concrete barriers, nearly 13,000-feet of pedestrian fencing, almost 79-hundred feet of privacy screening on top of 33 portable vehicle barriers and 12 anti-climbing vehicle gates.

The numbers could be adjusted next week after the Secret Service conducts a site visit.

Meantime, Mayor Bob Buckhorn says residents should be prepared for some street closures. He says while a decision has not yet been made on whether the Crosstown will remain open during the convention, he says residents should expect the Platt Street Bridge, the Franklin Street Bridge to Harbor Island and the road in front of the convention center and Forum to all be closed the week of the GOP Convention.

Buckhorn also issued this message to anyone thinking about causing problems during the convention.

"If people want to disobey the laws, if people want to cause problems we're going to be ready to deal with them," he said.

The Republican National Convention is expected to bring 50,000 people to town when it gets underway in late August.

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