City leaders head to Tampa, hope to gain insight for DNC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Several Charlotte leaders slated to attend the Republican National Convention to help prepare for the Democratic National Convention won't be in Tampa on Monday.

Charlotte Mayor Pro-Tem Patrick Cannon was among those slated to attend.

"I wanted to be on the ground to see exactly what was going to happen," said Cannon in an interview Sunday.

He chairs the council's Community Safety Committee and he had planned to spend part of his week on the ground in Tampa, watching how the city handles things like crowd control, traffic management, and several protests that were slated to take place Monday.

"Being on the ground in Tampa would have helped us to be able to pull together the type of intelligence we would need in order to try and anticipate what may come to the city of Charlotte from a public safety perspective," said Cannon.

As Tropical Storm Isaac hovered over Tampa Sunday, Cannon was forced to cancel his flight.

City leaders said the weather also kept Assistant City Manager Ruffin Hall at home.

Sunday CMPD confirmed that Chief Rodney Monroe was already on the ground in Tampa.

He will work to gather intelligence and Cannon said he will watch closely from home and follow up with his contacts in the city.

Leaders with Center City Partners said they would pay close attention to how protesters interact with businesses and neighborhoods to see what they could learn from that.