City of Tampa Joint Information Center - 2012 Republican National Convention UPDATE # 2

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City of Tampa Joint Information Center - 2012 Republican National Convention UPDATE # 2

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City of Tampa Joint Information Center
(813) 274-NEWS (6397)


The City of Tampa offices and facilities will be open for business Monday, August 27, 2012.


The local lanes and on-ramps of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway between Willow Avenue and 50th Street are scheduled to begin closing at the following times.

9:00 p.m.
The westbound local lanes at Kennedy Boulevard (Exit 8).
11:00 p.m.
The eastbound local lanes at Willow Avenue (Exit 4).The eastbound on-ramp at Willow Avenue.The eastbound on-ramp at Plant Avenue.The eastbound on-ramp at Nebraska Avenue.
12:00 a.m.
The westbound local lanes at 50th Street (Exit 11).The westbound on-ramp at 21st Street.

Notice to Customers Regarding the Operational Use of the
Fort Brooke, Whiting Street Garage and private surface lots East of Florida Avenue during the Republican National Convention

*****REVISED 8/26/2012*****
Pursuant to the recent information released by the United States Secret Service and in working with Tampa Police, the City of Tampa Parking Division offers the following guidelines for customers in need of access to the Fort Brooke garage, the Whiting Street garage and available private surface lots East of Florida Avenue during the Republican National Convention. Please understand that this plan is based on current information and can be SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANYTIME. The City of Tampa will certainly do our best to communicate any changes if/when they occur.

These procedures will be in effect from 8/25/12 at 12 pm until 8/31/12 at 6 am.
Please be prepared to expect small-to-significant delays entering and exiting the parking facilities. Vehicles authorized to access these parking designations will be subject to search/inspection.

You will need to access the Fort Brooke Garage and Whiting St. Garages from Tampa St. (heading South), turning east on Whiting Street. Due to announced road closures and traffic plans, all other access points are not available.

Fort Brooke Garage:
Visitor/Daily Parking is available in the North Module on a first-come, first served basis, as normally operated, with the entrance to the facility being on Whiting Street. Hourly fees will be post-collected each day until mid-afternoon, at which time a pre-collection method may be instituted. During pre-collection, entrance to the facility will not be permitted without payment being collected. Visa/MasterCard/American Express will be accepted.

Reserved Parking customers will continue to access the facility as normal (Whiting Street entrance and Washington Street entrance).

Monthly Parking customers will be able to access the facility by turning South on Franklin Street, at which point they will approach a security checkpoint and show their parking access card. After their vehicle has been inspected/searched, the Fort Brooke customers may turn left and enter the back of the Fort Brooke garage utilizing their access card to enter the facility. Exit the facility as normal; however, be aware that the Franklin Street exit will be closed. The customers exiting on Whiting Street will head East only and then proceed North on Florida Avenue

Whiting St. Garage and available private surface lots East of Florida Avenue:
Monthly Parking customers will be able to access these locations by turning South on Franklin Street at which point they will approach a security checkpoint and show their parking access credential. After their vehicle has been inspected/searched, customers will proceed South on Franklin Street to Brorein Street. Turn left on Brorein Street to Florida Avenue. Turn left on Florida Avenue to East Bell Street. Turn right on East Bell Street. Take East Bell Street to East Cumberland and Morgan Streets for access to private parking lots. Whiting Street garage customers will turn left on Morgan from East Bell/Cumberland and proceed North on Morgan Street where you will access the Morgan Street entrance to the Whiting Street garage.

To exit the Whiting Street garage, reverse your entry route from Morgan Street to Cumberland/East Bell Street to North Florida Avenue.

Additional questions/concerns regarding parking at these facilities can be directed to the City of Tampa Parking Division at (813) 274-8179.

Tampa Port Information:

The Tampa Port Authority announced that the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a ‘Condition X-ray,’ meaning that no vessels are allowed to move into or out of the Port of Tampa. There will be no exceptions, including cruise vessels, unless there is a significant change in storm path or intensity. The USCG decision to close vessel traffic will affect certain cargo movements and cruise operations.
Law Enforcement:

Fences/Cones/Barriers – The Tampa Police Department is monitoring the weather and assessing any items which need to be removed because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Protest Groups:

200 protesters arrived at Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa just after 12 p.m. After protesting in the park for a short time, the group split up, with approximately 100 protesters marching to the Bank of America building. They entered the bank's front plaza. They put stickers and were writing with chalk on the private property. Crowd management officers asked the demonstrators to leave the private property and they complied without incident.

The 2nd group of approximately 100 protesters, marched through city streets towards the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention will take place. Bike officers rolled alongside the unplanned march closing cross streets to keep the protesters safe from traffic. They marched to the public viewing area where they chanted and held a brief rally before loading onto busses to head to St. Petersburg for the opening event of the RNC. During the event, the Salvation Army mobile response truck offered water to the demonstrators. The demonstration was peaceful and there were no arrests or incidents.


Due to the forecasted weather conditions tomorrow (Monday, Aug. 27), the administrative offices and non-essential functions under Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill will be closed. In addition, the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center is on 24-hour activation as of noon today (Sunday, Aug. 26).

Hillsborough County Offices Closed - Hillsborough County Administrative offices and services that are non-essential to immediate public health and safety will be closed on Monday, Aug. 27. This applies to County functions under the Board of County Commissioners at the direction of County Administrator Mike Merrill.

Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center – is on 24-hour activation as of noon today (Sunday, Aug. 26).

Other Hillsborough County Offices – The offices of the Supervisor of Elections and the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County will be closed on Monday.

Hillsborough County Public Schools Closed - all schools and offices will be closed Monday, Aug. 27.

Storm-Related Questions - Hillsborough County residents can call 813-272-6900 to report storm-related problems or request additional information.

Hillsborough County Health Department / Health:
Due to Tropical Storm Isaac, the Hillsborough County Health Department, on Monday, August 27, 2012 will maintain essential services only. Four general population shelters will be opened and we anticipate limited evacuations due to local flooding. No special needs shelters will be opened.

BEAT THE HEAT - Although excessive heat is not an issue today, Hillsborough County health officials remind residents and visitors that heat exhaustion and dehydration can quickly develop. Heat exhaustion is a more mild form of heat-related illness that can develop after exposure to high temperatures and inadequate replacement of fluids. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are the elderly, people with high blood pressure and people working in a hot environment.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting and fainting. In addition, skin may be cool and moist, pulse rate fast and weak, and breathing fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. If symptoms become more severe or last longer than one hour, seek medical attention immediately.

If you suspect you may have heat exhaustion, take the following cooling measures:

· Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages
· Rest in an air-conditioned environment
· Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath
· Wear lightweight clothing
· Prevent sunburn by wearing sunscreen of 30 SPF.

THIRSTY? AVOID DEHYDRATION - To avoid becoming dehydrated, drink plenty of fluids, especially water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Persons who have medical conditions such as kidney and heart disease, who require a fluid restricted diet, or who have problems with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Children should also keep hydrated by increasing amounts of drinking fluids. Young children and babies may need more water than normal daily intake to stay hydrated.

Signs of dehydration include thirst, weakness, nausea, muscle cramps, feeling dizzy and light headed, decreased urine levels and/or urine that has a strong odor or is darker in color than normal, tiredness, sluggishness, irritability and headaches. Prevent dehydration by drinking fluids throughout the day. To avoid becoming dehydrated stay out of the direct sun, wear light colored loose fitting clothing, limit physical activity, and use fans when available.

MOSQUITO PREVENTION - To prevent mosquitoes from living and multiplying around your home or business:

DRAIN standing water:
Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.Discarded old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER your skin with:
CLOTHING - If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves.REPELLENT - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

COVER doors and windows with screens:
Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

It is important for everyone to be diligent and take the above preventive steps and tips to keep themselves and their family healthy and safe.

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Please contact Steve Huard at the Hillsborough County Health Department at 813-298-2024 with any questions

Additional information sources for the City of Tampa include:

Call Center – The RNC Call Center can provide up-to-date information on any additional temporary street closures, downtown parking options, basic directional assistance, and hospitality information for visitors. The RNC Call Center number is (866) 762-8687, and it is toll-free. It is operational 24 hours a day until noon on Friday, August 31, 2012.

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