Last week Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's proposed rules for protesters at the Republican National Convention received less than a warm welcome from City Council, prompting a delay of two weeks so that the administration can look at possible changes in the ordinance.
Among the Council members critical of the ordinance was Frank Reddick, who objected to the size of the mayor's so-called "clean zone" that ranges several miles from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the site of the RNC. Reddick also was upset that he hadn't been included in negotiations with city staff regarding the ordinance, claiming that he received notification about the proposal just an hour before it went to press late last month.
But Mayor Buckhorn says the claim by Reddick is "so patently false that it's pathetic." In a voice mail message left by the mayor last Thursday with CL, Buckhorn said city staff did attempt to reach out to Reddick for weeks, but said he never returned phone calls.
As proof that his staff had reached out to everyone on Council, Buckhorn cited Councilmember Lisa Montelione's comment during last week's meeting that she had met with members of the administration's legal team on four separate occasions. Reddick's allegations are "just completely false," Buckhorn added.
But that's just start of the war of words.