The security rules for the waters near the upcoming Republican National Convention in downtown Tampa just came out.
The Department of Homeland Security says they are being put in place to prevent delegates from "terrorist acts, sabotage, or other subversive acts."
Essentially, they come down to this. Recreational boats will have to be docked, and could be security checked anytime for any reason. If someone wants to board their boat, they will be checked over completely as well.
"Most people knew that was going to come," said Adrian Martinez, who had his boat docked at the Marriott Waterside on Tuesday.
Forcing them to be landlubbers will be little more than an inconvenience for most people.
But for "Capt. Larry," who runs Tampa Water Taxi, it is going to mean money out of his pocket.
"Well, hopefully, I am going to make up for it the days before and the days after because many people are going to be coming here early and a lot are going to be staying after," he told FOX 13.
Commercial vessels such as freighters will be allowed to enter and leave the Port of Tampa with the proper paperwork and after an extensive security check.
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