An Inside Look at the RNC Command Center

Aug 24, 2012

Very soon, a few hundred officials from dozens of agencies will be sitting in a large room. Their job will be to keep a watchful eye on just about everything going on around downtown Tampa and the Republican National Convention.

The Secret Service doesn't want the location of the Multi-Agency Communications Center, or MACC, to get out. However, they briefly lifted the curtain back on a site that, once it goes active, will be home for representatives of around 60 groups until all Convention related activities are done. John Joyce leads the Secret Service’s Tampa office.

Scott Activates Emergency Response

Aug 23, 2012

As Tropical Storm Isaac pushes to the Northwest, apprehension is growing in the Tampa Bay region, which happens to be hosting about 50 thousand people for the Republican National Convention.

Today Governor Scott activated the Florida Division of Emergency Management in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac.

"Put aside the RNC Convention for a moment. Florida has a lot of experience dealing with hurricanes. We're gonna be prepared for Isaac in the event it does impact our state and in the event it does become a hurricane."

Governor Rick Scott Says RNC Cancellation is Hypothetical

Aug 23, 2012

Tropical storm Isaac is churning in the Atlantic.

And weather forecasters have all of South Florida falling within the storm's cone of uncertainty.

That includes Tampa and the Republican National Convention which begins Monday - the same day Isaac may make landfall as a category 1 hurricane or strong tropical storm.

Governor Rick Scott joked with reporters at a media briefing on the storm this morning about what might be affected at the RNC.

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Officials Visit Scott to Ask for Extended Early Voting

Aug 21, 2012

A group of elected and civil rights leaders showed up unexpectedly in Governor Rick Scott's office Monday.