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Police, portalets used most of RNC grant

TAMPA — The city of Tampa spent just more than half its $50 million federal security grant housing and feeding out-of-town law enforcement officers, renting portable toilets and leasing a protest area near the Forum during last year’s Republican National Convention, according to a city report issued Friday.

The weeklong gathering also cost the city nearly $677,000 in costs not covered by the federal grant — including $171,000 in lost revenue from closed parking garages, more than $63,000 spent maintaining streets and welding manholes shut, and $28,000 picking up trash downtown.

The security grant covered $26 million spent on outside resources, from out-of-town officers to leased barricades to reimbursing the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority for closing the Selmon Expressway through downtown.

The spending on security, equipment and overtime was part of the $214 million the University of Tampa determined to be directly spent by the groups that put on the convention, including the city, the Tampa Bay Host Committee, the convention’s Committee on Arrangements and corporate sponsors.

That spending helped created $88.3 million in indirect spending — business-to-business spending spurred by the direct investment — and $103.6 million in induced spending — purchases made by the people paid through direct and indirect investment, according to the analysis released in August.

All that spending created $363.5 million in taxable sales across the region and filled 92 percent of the region’s hotel beds.

The RNC was held Aug. 27-30, 2012, at the Forum.

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