Delegates may soon become a distant memory, but the Republican National Convention has left Florida with plenty of souvenirs.
State-wide law enforcement, Bay Area residents, and visitors to Tampa Bay Times Forum will all reap the benefits of the planning and hard work that go into an event like the RNC.
Bicycles, radios, and crowd management gear were provided to law enforcement in Florida by the federal government and will remain with the officers.
"The bicycles were a great tool and were invaluable for the RNC," Chief Jane Castor of the Tampa Police Department said. "Those [bicycles] will go throughout the state. Any officer who used them during the RNC will take them back to their jurisdiction."
Florida law enforcement will now have radios, which allow for easy communication during a crisis. Before the RNC, this was not possible.
"And the same with crowd management gear," Castor continued. "All of those officers will take it back to their jurisdictions, so there's a lot of equipment that will be spread throughout the state."
The money that was spent to prepare the inside of the Forum will not go waste—the wireless and digital media upgrades will make it easier to land big events in the future. Future visitors to the Forum will be able to talk on a cell phone while inside the elevator thanks to the cables that were run around the building.
Finally, something that everyone will be happy about, despite any political views—a half-million-dollar acoustic upgrade at the Forum. Bay Area residents who may not have loved the talking points at the RNC will certainly enjoy the acoustic upgrades when the next big concert comes to town.
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