When the Republican National Convention comes to town, there's the excitement, the exposure, and for many, there's the exit.
"It's going to be gridlock," said Greg Trim, who lives right in the middle of it all, but like many of his neighbors, he doesn't plan to stick around.
"Some of them are just leaving. They're basically acting like it's a hurricane," he said. "They're getting all the supplies that they need or they're just going out of town."
He and about 200 others showed up for the first of three town hall meetings this week. It's a chance for folks to ask questions and find out what they should expect.
There's another planned for Wednesday at Stetson College of Law in the Smith Court Room. It starts at 6 p.m.
"I think there's going to be spontaneous road closures, and you're going to just have to find another route," said Leah Garcia, who lives on Harbor Island. "So I just think it's patience and planning and tell your boss I'm going to be late."
She worries about getting her baby boy to daycare. Her neighbors are worried, too, mainly about the traffic and road closures.
"Because our access will be limited on and off the island we were just wondering how quickly ambulances or police vehicles will be able to get onto the island," said Rochella Jackson, who also lives on Harbor Island
The mayor, police chief and other city officials tried to answer as many questions as possible. Despite the frustrations, they say it's worth it.
"The long-term positive impact for this city far surpasses anything else we've ever done or anything else we could ever do," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
On Thursday, they'll hold the last town hall at the Kate Jackson Communtiy Center in Hyde Park at 6 p.m.
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