Tampa Abandons Efforts to Evict "Romneyville" Protesters [View all]
Tampa abandons efforts to evict "Romneyville" protesters
Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:52pm EDT
By Saundra Amrhein TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Protesters who have set up a camp dubbed "Romneyville" in a restricted area near the site where the Republican National Convention will be held later this month in Tampa can stop worrying about being evicted.
City council members agreed on Thursday to abandon their efforts to look into potential violations of land-use laws or other ordinances with a view to evicting the protesters from the restricted so-called event zone near the convention site.
City officials told the council that they had issued zoning violation notices to some property owners two days earlier, warning that camping and tents on the site were not permitted. But the property owners have 21 days to act, meaning that any actual evictions would not occur before the August 27-30 Republican presidential nominating convention is over.
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Occupy Tampa member Heidi Halsworth told the council the park would only be used as a base for protesters to get water, food or information, however, and that only several hundred demonstrators would be there at any one time.