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RNC Could Make Life Busy For Downtown Guides
Posted May 31, 2012 by Josh Poltilove
Updated May 31, 2012 at 08:55 AM
It’s not clear what’s going to happen when the Republican National Convention comes to Tampa in August, but things could get incredibly busy for the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s guides.
Guide Ray Bertrand looks forward to it. He says the guides could serve an additional function: serving as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement.
The paid downtown guides have been around since 1994. They are spread across 220 city blocks, are trained in CPR and gladly will jump-start cars or change tires when needed.
“I think it’s an incredible service for the downtown area,” says Tampa police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor, who has had two tires changed by guides. “They quickly changed my tires and made sure I got back on the road safely.”
Bertrand ambles about 6 miles a day. On a quiet shift he might help 10 to 20 people. With the convention is in town, guides like him could be extremely busy — helping hundreds of people.