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Tampa City Council Delays Vote for Clean Zone Ordinance

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Council woman Mary Mulhern

Tampa City Council delayed their vote Thursday on the Clean Zone ordinance because council members brought up what they saw as some problems. Council members plan to pick up the issue again April 19th.

Some council members like council woman Lisa Montelione wanted clearer language. Others, like council woman Mary Mulhern, didn't agree with the size of the Clean Zone.

"Davis Islands, Harbor Island, Downtown... those are residential neighborhoods," Mulhern said, "So to think that you need to encompass that with these kind of restrictions is completely unworkable."

Tampa Police Assistant Chief Marc Hamlin assured the council members the ordinance draft was well thought out.

"Nothing was done arbitrary in this ordinance," Hamlin said, "The area of the ordinance was based on what we've seen in energy from other events in the pas. We've gotten the data and statistics from other areas that have hosted these political nominating conventions.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn presented the Clean Zone ordinance as a security measure for protesters at the RNC. Critics say it's too strict and it suppresses people's right to protest.