In a Tampa Bay Times article posted yesterday, Mayor Bill Foster admitted that "he expected that the city would end up covering some of the costs" of the Republican party's pre-conference party that is scheduled to take place at Tropicana Field. In our previous coverage of this issue, Foster had said that security costs could go "well into six figures", meaning that our city will most likely be on the hook for at least tens of thousands of dollars in security costs, if not more. But Mayor Foster doesn't seem to be pushing for an answer on how much we will have to pay for his party's party, since it has been two and a half months since the subject was last brought up, that he still hadn't "heard a thing" about plans to pay for security at the event. Tampa police Chief Jane Castor was asked about the Trop party and was also non-committal about any budgeting for security for the event.
In a related ABC Tampa report, Mayor Foster tries to be more upbeat about not having any official convention events in St Pete by saying "I think those who want to disrupt the business will remain over here (in Tampa)", and that "the partying" will be in St Pete. So get ready for St Petersburg to be Bill Foster's "Party Central" this summer, maybe he will even DJ the party.