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RNC Final Ordinance

RNC Final Ordinance

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ORDINANCE NO. 2012
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5h
AN
ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAMPA, FLORIDA, REGULATINGACTIVITIES IN THE CITY OF TAMPA RELATED TO
THE
2012
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION; DESIGNATINGGEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES, DATES
AND
TIMES FOR
AN
EVENTZONE; CREATING A PUBLIC VIEWING AREA; PROVIDING FOR APUBLIC GATHERING PERMIT PROCESS; DESIGNATING
AN
OFFICIAL PARADE ROUTE; PROVIDING FOR,
AN
OFFICIALPARADE ROUTE PERMIT PROCESS; PROHIBITING PARADESOUTSIDE OF TJ3E OFFICIAL PARADE ROUTE; PROVIDING FORREASONABLE TIME, PLACE
AND
MANNER REGULATIONSCONCERNING MATERIALS AND OBJECTS THAT
MAY
BEPOSSESSED, CARRIED OR USED IN THE CITY OF TAMPA;PROVIDING FOR PROHIBITIONS CONCERNING MATERIALS
AND
OBJECTS THAT MAY BE POSSESSED, CARRIED OR USED IN THEEVENT ZONE; PROVIDING FOR PROHIBITIONS CONCERNINGMATERIALS
AND
OBJECTS THAT MAY BE POSSESSED IN THEPUBLIC VIEWING AREA; PROVIDING FOR A PROHIBITION ONPLACING OBJECTS IN THE RIGHTS-OF-WAY; PROVIDING FOR APROHIBITION ON CAMPING; PROVIDING FOR A PROHIBITION ONPUBLIC URINATION AND DEFECATION; PROVIDING FOR APROHIBITION ON RAPPELLING; PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES FORVIOLATION OF THIS ORDINANCE; CREATING A TEMPORARYSECURITY FENCE PERMIT PROCESS; PROVIDING FOR EXTENDEDHOURS OF OPERATION FOR PARKS LOCATED WITHIN THE EVENTZONE; PROVIDING FOR SEVEXABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL
OF
ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVEDATE.WHEREAS,
the City of Tampa (the. "City") has been selected to host the
201;
.epublican National Convention (the "RNC") which is scheduled to take place from August
27.
0,2012; and
WHEREAS,
the
RNC
is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the City; and
=REAS,
the magnitude and significance of the
RNC
creates unique challenges
foi
le City that require additional regulations to assist
in
promoting and protecting the genera;ealth, safety, and welfare of the residents and visitors of the City during the RNC; and
WHEREAS,
it
is
the public policy of the City that persons and groups have a
Firs
mendment right to organize and participate in peaceful assemblies and parades on
thc
,dewalks and rights-of-way and in the parks of the City, and to engage in peaceful assemblie:nd parades near the
RNC
so they may be seen
and
heard, subject to reasonable
restriction5
 
esigned to protect public safety, persons and property, and to accommodate the interest
c
ersons not participating in the assemblies and parades to use the sidewalks and rights-of-way
tl
F
vel to their intended destinations and use the parks for recreational purposes; and
b
WHEREAS,
the City recognizes the compelling need to facilitate safe and orderl:ovement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the
RNC;
nd
WHEREAS,
an
estimated 10 billion media impressions of Tampa Bay will be maduring the
RNC
by the more than 15,000 members of the local, national and international medie
WHEREAS,
theRNCwill generate millions of dollars worth of economic impact for th,
ity;
and
WHEREAS,
the City Council has determined that the following regulations
ar{
time, place and manner restrictions that will promote and protect the general healthwelfare of the residents and visitors of the City during the RNC while also allowinrersons and organizations to exercise their First Amendment rights to peacefully assemble ancarade; and
WHEREAS,
duly noticed public hearings
as
required by law were held by the CiTouncil at which all residents and interested persons were given an opportunity to be heard.
NOW, THEREFORE,IT ORDAINED
BY
THE CITY COUNCIL
F
THE CITY OF TAMPA, FLORIDA:
iE
ection
1.
That the recitals set forth above are hereby incorporated as if hlly set forth herein.
ection
2.
This Ordinance shall go into effect immediately upon becoming a law, and terminatc12:Ol a.m. eastern time on September 1, 2012. In the event that the RNC is delayed, th~of this Ordinance shall automatically extend to 12:Ol a.m. eastern time on the da:of the RNC, but shall not extend beyond 12:Ol a.m. eastern time
01
eptember 8,2012.more specifically stated herein, the following regulations shall be
effective
City of Tampa during the time period set forth above. The regulation,
this
Ordinance shall only apply to public property that is owned, leased, managed oCity, including but not limited to, sidewalks, rights-of-way and parks.
ection
4.
Definitions.
Unless more specifically defrned herein, all words and terms shalave the meaning as provided by the City of Tampa Code of Ordinances. In the event that then
s
a conflict
in
definitions, the stricter definition shall apply.
F
(1)
Assembly
shall mean a demonstration, speech, meeting, performancerally, vigil or similar gathering conducted for a common purpose of
 
persons expressing their political, social or religious views
in
a City park landright-of-way, sidewalk or other public grounds in
a
place open to the generapublic.
(2)
Camp or camping
shall mean the use of property foraccommodation purposes such
as
sleeping, or making preparations to(including laying down of bedding for the purpose of sleep), or storing personbelongings, or placing
any
tents or a temporary shelter on property foraccommodation purposes.
(3)
City park land
shall mean City parks, dedicated parks, and Joe ChillPark.
(4)
Department
shall mean the City of Tampa Parks and RecreatioDepartment.
1
(5)
Department Director
shall mean the City of Tampa Parks and RecreatioDirector and hidher designee.
1
(6)
Event Zone
shall mean the portions of the City within thedepictedinthe map attached hereto and incorporated herein
as
Event Zone shall include all of the rights-of-way of the depicted boundaries anthe abutting properties.
(7)
Oflcial Parade Route
shall mean the route created by theDirector to be utilized for any and
all
parades
in
the Event Zone during thspecified time period stated below.
(8)
Parade
shall mean any parade, picket line, march, demonstration,rally, ceremony, show, carnivd, exhibition, festival, race, derby, blockcelebration, public gathering, pageant or procession of any kind or any similactivity on or upon any street, alley or other public rights-of-way.
(9)
Public Viewing Area
shall mean the portions of the City designated by thDepartment Director
as
the viewing area.(10)
Rights-of-way
shall mean any street, roadway, alley or portion of landapart for public use, vehicular travel and local convenience, which
is
either owneby, or dedicated to, a governmentaI agency by deed or plat and/or
is
intendeddesignated for public use.(1
1)
Severe weather
shall mean the forecasting or occurrence of weatherphenomena affecting the Event Zone that require the National Weather Serviceto issue a severe weather watch or warning for weather phenomena including,but not limited to, tropical storms and hurricanes; severe thunderstorms(producing winds around 60 mph and greater and large hail), tornados andfloods. Special Weather Statements will be issued for thunderstorm hazardsforecast to produce impacts less than warning conditions and City officials willmake decisions accordingly in collaboration with the National Weather Service.

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