What to expect if Cleveland hosts 2016 Republican National Convention

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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland is a finalist in the bidding to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The convention would be great for the city, great for the people, and great for the economy.

But in addition to all the greatness, what else could Cleveland expect?

We asked the city of Tampa, who hosted the 2012 Republican National Convention.

According to Fox 13 News in Tampa Bay, people downtown can expect a very high security perimeter.

For example, when Tropicana Field was chosen for the convention welcoming party, every restaurant and establishment within a mile of the stadium was visited by federal inspectors.

Fox 13 News says zones were fenced in with secret service at the boundaries.

Fox 13 also says expect traffic.

The U.S. Secret Service had multiple road closures and restrictions for the week, including a major expressway.

"It's a move for Cleveland. The city was down. This is great," said Latricia Holloway.

If you think the only security restrictions will be by car, foot, and air, think again.

That's because there will most likely be restrictions on the water, as well.

In Tampa, boaters were banned from the waters surrounding downtown during RNC week.

But in the end, most of people in Tampa said it was worth it.

Clevelanders agree. "It is positive for the economy. We have the casino. A lot of things going on down here. We have filming here. I think it would be exciting for the economy," said Shelly Williamson.

"To me, it's worth the trouble. We deal with it when they have movies; why not deal with it for the Republican Party? It's going to bring it a lot of money," added Lawanda Walker of Cleveland

The site selection committee comes to town again next week.

The RNC makes their final vote in mid-August.

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