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Obama’s Tampa Rally: What You Need to Know

As President Barack Obama makes his way to Tampa for an Oct. 25 rally, organizers and law enforcement have some advice to pass along to Bay area residents.

Whether you’re making your way to Ybor City’s Centennial Park to hear President Barack Obama speak Oct. 25 or you just need to drive through the area, there are some things you need to know.

Getting into the 1800 E. 8th Ave. park is going to require not only a ticket, but also a pass through security screening, said Lacey Rose, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign.

“It’s kind of like airport security,” she said.

With that in mind, she cautioned those who plan on going should leave things like umbrellas, backpacks, large bags and drinks at home.

“We will be handing out water outside to the people in the lines and we’ll have water inside, as well,” Rose said. “They do search everything you do bring in.”

Here’s what else you need to know:

The Rally Schedule

  • 7 a.m. Doors open for people with tickets
  • 9 a.m. This is the estimated time for Obama to make an appearance

Traffic Concerns

Law enforcement is not releasing a list of what roads will be closed, but Detective Larry McKinnon of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office did offer some advice for those traveling through Ybor City or South Tampa on Thursday morning.

“Like always, you can expect traffic delays and road closures,” McKinnon said.

Bay area residents who need to be downtown or in Ybor at certain times Thursday morning should leave early.

How to Get Tickets

Free tickets for the Tampa rally are still available at some Obama For America Florida offices. Here is the list of locations that still had tickets as of 10 a.m. Oct. 24:

Ybor City Office

1702 N. 14th St.

Riverview Office

11215 Bloomingdale Ave.

Temple Terrace Office

5246 E. Fowler, Suite 4

Egypt Lake Office

3105 W. Waters Ave, Suite 315

South Tampa Office

3825 Henderson Blvd.

Watts October 25, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Two of the most important points from Obama's speech this morning: "...I don't think any politician in Washington, most of whom are male, should be making healthcare decisions for women..." and “When you elect a president, you’re counting on someone you can trust to fight for you, who you can trust to do what they say they’re going to do, who you can trust to make sure that when something unexpected happens he or she is going to be thinking about your family, your future...Trust matters!” http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/article1258288.ece
Watts October 25, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Patch shut down this account already, within just 24 hours, but for some reason didn't delete these hateful posts.
Amo Probus October 25, 2012 at 06:41 PM
The Quote of the Decade: "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better." ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006 (it was so nice of him to give us this great quote for posterity!)
Richard Murphy October 25, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Yes it was. And many of the results of the"W" Bush years were just beginning to manifest themselves in 2006 and did not really hit until 2007-2008. The Congress allowed TWO UNfunded (and undeclared) WARS, one of which which still continues because this president went along with the Republicans (mostly) in the House and the US Generals who wanted to stay. I do not recall any such madness toward FDR after the sneak attack on Pearl harbor where we lost thousands or toward "W" & Cheney after 9/11 (even though they were forewarned) where we also lost thousands. But the Republicans are going nuts over the sneak attack in Libya that cost us 4 men. At age 73 I have never seen so much lying as I have from the Right in this campaign. The Debt level they keep attacking was created by these TWO Wars and Wall Street. Obama is trying to deal with that mess. $750 BILLION went to Wall Streets bailout and $750 BILLION went to our bailout. The former is OK with the Republicans, many millions of which went to the problem creators as bonuses, while the latter saved tens of thousands of critical (teachers, police and firemen) jobs, but this is BAD to the Republicans. WHY?? They are backward. This story goes on and on and much of American does not seem to remember just 6-8 years ago. And the press is just REACTINg vice investigating before they speak. I hope we do not pay for America's lack of memory.
Patricia October 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I'm with you Richard. I believe a lot of people are so terribly gullible about this economy thing because as the economy was circling the bowl at the end of 2008, it was actually SO BAD that the "pundits" didn't even want to talk about it...it was that scary and just a little exageration or irresponsibility from the press and everything would have become hysterical. I believe history will show that Barack Obama is a great man, the likes of which you get maybe once in a generation. The American people were right in 2008, and they should be proud of that choice and reelect him for a second term. We have been lucky to have him in the office, and I am going out and working my BUTT off this week because I want him rehired!

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