Scott says RNC now working with state on storm-watchby John Kennedy | August 23rd, 2012
Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that state emergency officials will be working with Republican National Convention leaders in tracking the course of Tropical Storm Isaac, but that a decision on whether to delay or postpone the gathering planned for Tampa next week will be up to the GOP.
“With good information, I think everybody is going to make the same decision,” Scott said.
With almost 4,500 delegates and alternates, along with tens of thousands more media, guests and other visitors heading toward Tampa this weekend, the storm looms as a logistical nightmare is evacuations are needed, or if the convention must be delayed.
Scott, though, said he was confident that Florida emergency officials could handle any challenge before them.
“We’ll have to wait and see what’s going to happen,” Scott said. “But this state’s prepared. We’ve gone through hurricanes. We have great local emergency teams, we have great state emergency teams, so depending on what happens, if we have a hurricane, where it’s going to hit in the state, we’ll deal with it. That’s what we do as a state.”
Scott is scheduled to arrive Sunday at the Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, which will house the Florida delegation during the Aug. 27-30 event. Scott also is scheduled to address the convention on its Monday opening night.
Those plans are still on course, said Scott, who also pointed out that the resort’s location — almost an hour from the convention site in downtown Tampa — could now prove fortunate.
Although Florida delegates have squawked about their hotel’s site, Scott said, “I guess we now have one benefit of being further away from the beach.”