Planning on heading over to the rally for Gov. Mitt Romney in Land O’ Lakes on Saturday?
There are quite a few things officials from Pasco County and the Romney campaign want you to be aware of.
Traffic and Road Closings
While it’s unclear just how congested U.S. Highway 41 will become in the hours before the rally, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has some pretty simple advice: “Go early or avoid the area completely if you’re not going.”
Nocco said he anticipates U.S. 41 will close sometime Saturday to accommodate Romney’s motorcade, but he couldn’t provide specific times or locations.
The rally takes place at Land O’ Lakes High School, 20325 Gator Lane, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open around 5 p.m. for ticketholders.
Security Do’s and Don’ts
Spectators can plan on some pretty tight security measures for Saturday’s rally, officials say.
“All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible,” the Romney campaign website says. “No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed in the venue.”
Cameras, however, are allowed.
Nocco had a few other things to add to the list. He says participants should leave food, coolers, chairs and, of course, weapons at home. They can, however, bring cash since there will be vendors on site.
He also reminded that the event is a private one. That means people can be asked to leave at the discretion of the Romney campaign.
Tickets are still available for Saturday’s rally.
Anyone wishing to attend can obtain a ticket online from the Romney campaign’s website.
Tickets are also available at the following locations:
New Port Richey Victory Office
4768 U.S. Highway 19
Wesley Chapel Victory Office
27709 State Road 56
Spring Hill Victory Office
2939 Landover Blvd.
Temple Terrace Victory Office
234 Bullard Parkway
Romney is slated to appear with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Senate hopeful Connie Mack.
What About Protests?
While it’s unclear just how many protests will take place during Saturday’s rally in Land O’ Lakes, at least one group has announced its intentions.
The United School Employees of Pasco plan to show up in force to express their concerns about funding for public schools.