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A tale of two events for Tampa

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If Tampa lands the 2008 Republican National Convention, the city will face playing host to two massive events just five months apart.

The Super Bowl will come to Tampa in February 2009. The GOP confetti-fest is slated for September 2008.

Can one city handle so much love?

The GOP convention site selection committee in April posed just that question to a delegation pushing to bring the Republicans to Tampa.

“We responded and said we thought it would be a good thing. One will flow right into another. We’ll be prepared,” said Paul Catoe, president of the Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We think it’s to our advantage to have both events close together.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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