Gasparilla – the annual Pirate invasion of my town is happening as we speak. It is a lot of fun, and has a lot of froth. Having manned a courtesy booth one year, I have seen the amazing amount of alcohol that sells in a short few hours.
This year, the city will use camera and other technology that the Republican convention brought last summer.
“Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor says she wants people to leave the event with beads, not handcuffs. "Sometimes fights will break out. We'll be able to identify that very early on before large groups get involved and get officers there very quickly. As I said before, crowd control management."
To maneuver through those crowds, you'll see some officers riding Segways, also from the convention. The RNC bike patrol team will hit the streets too. Chief Castor said”