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St. Pete establishing its own RNC ‘Event Zone’
Posted Jul 19, 2012 by Dennis Joyce
Updated Jul 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM
The city of St. Petersburg is creating its own Event Zone for the Republican National Convention, a move that earlier brought Tampa nationwide attention.
The City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance this afternoon that establishes the zone from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.
The zone extends generally from 5th Avenue North to 7th Avenue South and from 22nd Street to Tampa Bay. It centers on Tropicana Field, site of a kickoff party Sunday, Aug. 26, that is expected to draw 10,000 to 20,000 convention delegates and media types.
Certain items such as squirt guns are prohibited within the Tampa zone, which brought the city ridicule because a state prohibition against restrictions on carrying firearms still holds sway. Guns are OK, the comics noted, but not squirt guns.
The St. Petersburg ordinance also prohibits using certain items in a threatening way citywide, not just in the Event Zone. And it establishes a public viewing area and parade route.