Tampa, Florida -- The city of Tampa will cover more than 900 downtown parking meters during the Republican National Convention as a result of street closures. But to cover the lost revenue, the city is asking to be reimbursed $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice since the move is security related.
The city is not alone. The Expressway Authority will be closing the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway between Willow Avenue and 50th Street during the convention, which will result in thousands of dollars in lost revenue. So the Expressway Authority is asking the Department of Justice for $218,544 because again, the move is security related.
On Tuesday, 24 hours after road closures for the historic event were announced, residents around the Tampa Bay area started realizing just him much of an impact the convention might have on the area.
Due to security parts of more than 20 roads and three bridges in the downtown area will be closed during the GOP convention.
"It's going to be a pain for me," said Harbour Island resident Dylan Southward after looking at the closings. As a pizza delivery driver, Southward said the closures will be especially hard on him.
"I also go to Hillsborough Community College so it's going to be tough," he added.
Some businesses on Harbour Island, which will only be accessible by the Beneficial Bridge, said they are not sure what to expect come the week of August 27.
"Hopefully organized chaos," said Shannon Greene, co-owner of Signature, A Boutique Salon and Spa.
"A lot of our clients are opting to not make appointments that week unless they live here on the island."
Greene says for now she plans on staying open during the convention unless someone like a television station wants to rent her space.
"It's going to be a challenge, either way it's going to be a challenge," Greene said.