(UPDATE Thursday 11:50 a.m.)
For months activists intent on protesting in city parks during August's Republican National Convention in Tampa have complained that their requests for permits have been met with indifference by city officials.
Rumor had it that the Republican National Committee had already reserved those parks. Back in January CL attempted through one particular city department to learn if that was in fact true.
We never heard back from that department.
So props to the Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Danielson for getting confirmation in late April that is in fact the case - that the Tampa Bay Host Committee's contract with the city gives the convention the first crack at using the city's nine parks during the RNC.
Assistant City Attorney Mauricio Rodriguez insists there's been no subterfuge on the part of the city, telling Danielson "We want to make it clear to the different groups: We're not trying to hide the ball on them."