Mitch Perry Report 4.5.12: Showdown at City Council on Clean Zones Rules?

The Tampa City Council is scheduled to debate Mayor Bob Buckhorn's proposed rules for protesters at this summer's Republican National Convention. Council member Mary Mulhern has been the lone voice to question some of the previous purchases for security by the TPD so far this year. Will any of her colleagues join her today?

The Friendship Trail Bridge is still scheduled to be demolished, but the small group of friends fighting to keep it alive were given a reprieve yesterday - of only 30 days. They're scrambling now for as many smart minds as possible to help them put together a package to bring back to Hillsborough County Commissioners next month.

Hillsborough Commissioners also approved a modest $3,000 for bike safety in the county — which is desperately needed with six fatalities of folks on bikes already this year.

The GOP Senate race between Connie Mack and George LeMieux keeps getting nastier.

One Florida Democrat is tired of waiting for Governor Scott to convene his task force on Stand Your Ground. Meanwhile, a majority of Republicans are weary of media coverage on the Trayvon Martin case.