Tampa Visitors Bureau Allows Reporters to View Records

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Tampa's visitors bureau is allowing reporters to view the records for the city's 2008 Republican National Convention bid following last week's lawsuit.

The Tampa Tribune had sued The Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau for access to documents detailing the GOP preparations. In its lawsuit, the Tribune argues that the bid to host the event is a public record because Tampa delegated to the visitors bureau the governmental function of organizing it.

The bureau had balked at making it public, saying it contained 'trade secrets' and therefore wasn't subject to public inspection. But bureau officials are now allowing reporters to view it.

Last month, the city submitted a bid for the event to the Republican National Committee compete with Cleveland, Minneapolis and New York. Tampa was a finalist for the GOP convention in 2004, but lost out to New York.

Finalists for the 2008 convention will be named on July 1st, and a host city chosen by January.

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