What’s the latest on the West Tampa site? When I was in Tampa two weeks again, local press reported that Redner would boot out the protesters before the convention.
Supposedly they have been evicted and they are gone. I don’t have any reason to be anywhere near their West Tampa site so I never saw it. When they were at Curtis Hixon Park, I saw them every day because the park is maybe 400 yards from where I work. I was sure glad to see the scumbags gone.
Oddly enough, Redner did everyone a favor by giving the bums a place to go.
Tampa’s an interesting place at the moment. There are swarms of young men, mostly in their 30’s, clean cut and neatly dressed in civilian clothes all over the city. Every federal agency is involved. I see them all day long inspecting things. They walk along the railroad tracks, wander in and around every building, just checking things out. Everything on the street that was formerly bolted down has been removed. All the paper boxes and trash cans disappeared. The cast iron grates protecting the roots of the trees in the sidewalks have either been welded together or replaced by some rubberized material. I think they’re trying to remove or secure everything that can be used as a weapon. I think it’s all futile because many of the streets are brick cobblestone and they are easily removed, so there’s an endless supply of things to throw.
There are even going to be gun boats stationed at Davis Island.
It’s going to be a bumpy ride the next two weeks and I’ll have to hold on tight.