Protesters Can Demonstrate One Block From RNC

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Tampa officials say protesters will be able to demonstrate one block from the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the Republican National Convention in August.

The Tampa Bay Times ( reports that the city will create three protest areas within sight and sound of the Times Forum, meeting a legal standard set by court cases over protests in other cities.

The protest areas will be open to all, no reservations required, 24 hours a day during the Aug. 27-30 convention.

They will cover a total of 7 acres, which is more than at either national political convention in 2008.

The city also is creating an official parade route, which is 7/10 of a mile long and winds through a less-traveled part of eastern downtown.