Tampa Bay area again tries to land GOP convention

Published: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 7:28 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 7:28 a.m.

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay area is again vying to host the Republican National Convention.

The bid for the 2012 event follows two unsuccessful tries in 2004 and 2008, when the party chose New York and Minneapolis, respectively.

Organizers say the city won't have to spend any money if it's chosen. Corporate sponsors and the federal government will be footing the bill.

Party officials wouldn't disclose details about the proposal, but an August letter from national party Chairman Michael Steele requesting Tampa's bid lays out a few specifics.

Among them: Seating for 18,000, 1,000 hotel suites and 15,000 luxury rooms.

The GOP declined to say which other cities are submitting bids to host. A firm decision was expected by late summer.

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