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Romney Rally: What to Know If You Go

Gov. Mitt Romney will speak at the St. Petersburg Pier Friday at 5:45 p.m. The public will be admitted to the outdoor event starting at 3:30 p.m.

For the second time this year, Gov. Mitt Romney will be making a campaign stop in St. Petersburg. On Friday evening, Romney will be speaking at the St. Petersburg Pier Park, 550 2nd Ave. NE St.  

Where to Park for Romney's St. Pete Rally

  • Your best bet is event parking. Event parking is available in city-owned garages or the Al Lang Stadium parking lot. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Event parking is available at: Bay Walk, 117 Second St. N.; South Core, 100 First Ave. S.; Al Lang Stadium parking lot, entrance on First Ave. S. between First St. and Bay Shore Blvd. The campaign will provide shuttles from those locations to the event location.
  • There is metered parking along the pier on 2nd Avenue NE as well as two parking lots with pay machines. Arrive early to get these spots.
  • Surrounding downtown streets, such as Beach Drive, Bayshore and 5th Avenue NE also have metered parking with two hour limits.

How to get Tickets for Romney's St. Pete Rally

  • Tickets are free, but you must RSVP online. You can register up to eight people at a time. 

Security Measures Announced for Romney Rally

  • All attendees, according to a news release, will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible.
  • No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue. 
  • Cameras ARE allowed

What Time To Arrive at Romney Rally in St. Petersburg

  • Doors open at 3:30 p.m. but if you wish to parking along the pier approach on in the pier parking lots, it is advised you get there early. 
  • The event is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. 
Lynda October 05, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Another good job of research! For those who want to see Gov. Romney, this information is really useful. Love that you scoped out the parking options. This is a real service from Patch. Thanks!
Chuck Fortin October 05, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Mr. Romney might well be asked at his campaign stop to explain how and why he believes the unemployment rate among Americans dropped from 8.2% to 7.8%, TODAY. Now, instead of 47%, he might have to admit that there are only 46% of freeloaders among our relative, friends, and neighbors.
Karen Mathews October 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Any bridge closures from Tampa to St. Pete this afternoon?
CJ October 05, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I know this is stupid and everyone is going to laugh at it like I did and bring one anyway...but the list of things you ''can't'' take ''also'' includes umbrellas. We have our tickets already, and it says ''no umbrellas'' on it. The list here does not mention them, so I am passing that info along for those who would like to know. The same rule was active during the RNC...lol. Who ''are'' these people who come here to St Petersburg for a throw down and ban umbrellas? How rediculous. This rule is especially funny if you saw the storm that hit in the area of The Pier (where this event is) yesterday at about the same time this event is....although...that storm was so bad I don't think an umbrella would do much good anyway.
Melissa Lattman October 05, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Just night time ones based on the latest FDOT report.
CJ October 05, 2012 at 02:53 PM
oops...just saw where the list here ''did'' have umbrellas listed...sorry...my bad. I have this short attention span thing...
Allen Lynn October 05, 2012 at 08:05 PM
OR, we may want to know how the figure droped that much with only 114,000 new jobs added... hmmmmmmmmmmm ... maybe cooking the Books?
Watts October 05, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Just when Romney thought that he could hit the gas, guess what...oil slick on the Mitt Romney highway... unemployment is improving without Romney, under Obama... http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/jobs-news-makes-obamas-case-easier/#more-35589 Finally goes below the make it or break it threshold of 8%.
Michael D. October 05, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Jobs added doesn't mean jobs filled. Unemployment rate is only the percentage of eligible workers looking for work who do not have it. A natural economy should have 4-6% unemployment. In Hyper expansion it will get down to 2% and in hyper contraction it will raise into the double digits. The steep decline could be from two factors the jobs that have been added the last few months are getting filled and workers leaving the work force. So I don't give all the credit to Obama, but I'm not partisan enough to think an non-partisan department is going to cook the books. Both candidates should be happy that it has dropped.
Chuck Fortin October 06, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Fact is, assuming that unemployment has bottomed out (and doesn't relapse) AND assuming (from my positive and optimistic leanings) that conditions do gradually improve over the next few years and more and more people come to enjoy sustained employment - whoever is president will inevitably and undeservedly want to take credit with an "I told you so" hubris.
Carolo October 06, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Too important to just ignore people. Paul Ryan said he will get rid of Medicare as we know it. But even worse is that Romney lied at the debate stating "pre-existing conditions will be covered under his plan." THIS IS A LIE. His plan does NOT cover pre-existing conditions and will leave 86 million without coverage, many of them seniors and children. Check out the facts yourself and don't listen to the spin! This is no time to not check the facts and not educate yourself.
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