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Buckhorn Willing to Negotiate on the "Clean Zone" Ordinance

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn during Monday's media event.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn signaled that he’s flexible regarding some elements of his proposed “Clean Zone” ordinance. It sets up strict rules about protests in and around Tampa the week of the Republican National Convention.

Buckhorn said that he’s willing to negotiate with Tampa City Council which delayed its vote on his Clean Zone ordinance after raising concerns about its scope.

After a media event where he unveiled the city's Master Plan, the mayor told reporters that he's open to changes in the ordinance such as narrowing the “footprint” of the clean zone and lengthening time restrictions on demonstrators.

"But they need to understand that this was not done willy-nilly that this was done best practices elsewhere looking at what worked and what didn’t work," Buckhorn said. "We put together an ordinance particularly when it comes to the weapons that is based on real world experiences."

One council member complained that the mayor did not do a good job of communicating with council about his ordinance. It's a charge that Buckhorn denied saying city staff has been briefing council members.

He added that his ultimate goal is the safety of the guests, the protestors and law enforcement officials the week of the Republican National Convention and he believes that council will ultimately “make the right decision."