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Tampa Spending $115,000 on Water, Toilets for Convention Protesters

Thursday, 02 Aug 2012 12:26 PM

Tampa is going out of its way to ensure that everyone coming to town for the Republican National Convention has a good time – even those arriving to protest.

The city, along with the Salvation Army and the Hillsborough County Health Department, plans to provide water, portable toilets and misting stations for the expected 15,000 protesters and 4,000 law-enforcement personnel, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

"I don't know that folks really comprehend the humidity and the heat and how quickly one can get dehydrated and disoriented, with potentially catastrophic results," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told the paper.

The effort is expected to cost about $115,000, but that may cheaper than the alternative.

"It would cost us a lot more to have to transport somebody in a fire rescue vehicle," Buckhorn told the Times. "Whatever investment we make in keeping people hydrated — irrespective of their political views — I think just makes sense."

Ryan Pedigo, the director for public-health preparedness at the Hillsborough County Health Department, said temperatures in late August can be in the high 90s, adding, "When you put a 92 percent humidity on top of that temperature, it can feel like you're up above 120" degrees.

The plan includes 10 misting stations, with two to four available to protesters and others for police, firefighters, and law enforcement dogs and horses. Officials also plan to have a first-aid station near the protest area for those who may succumb to the heat, the paper reported.

City officials in Charlotte, N.C., are planning to provide portable toilets and water during the Democratic National Convention, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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