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Where did $50 million in RNC grants go? A lot of places

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM

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TAMPA -

The city has spent all but $2.7 million of the $50 million federal grant it received for Republican National Convention security.

Grant money for the Aug. 27-30 convention is paying for extra police, technology, vehicles, uniforms and gear.

Personnel costs alone are more than $26.1 million, according to the city. That money will help pay for about 3,500 law enforcement officers brought in from across the state to police the city during the convention.

Other major costs include about $11.6 million for technology and cameras, $3.3 million for gear, $2 million for insurance and almost $800,000 for vehicles.

About $950,000 will be provided to the city of St. Petersburg for overtime, cameras and fencing, St. Petersburg police spokesman Bill Proffitt said. Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg will host a welcome event Aug. 26 for delegates and members of the media.

Josh Poltilove

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