Holy crap people, read the law please!
All it does is make distance restrictions, not unlike any other city in this country. Go to any city and file a parade or gathering permit and they will tell you where you must remain, how long the permit is good for and sometimes even restricts the number of people.http://privacysos.org/node/763
In May the city adopted a temporary ordinance that will clamp down on protests in dozens of blocks near the Tampa Convention Center. Among other things, the ordinance requires a permit for groups of 50 or more to gather in parks; sets a limit of 90 minutes on parades; and bans an array of items, including glass bottles
, aerosol cans and pieces of rope longer than six feet. It also provided for an official parade route for protesters along with viewing areas.http://www.nytimes.c...ntion-security-draw-criticism.html?pagewanted=all
In both cities, people organizing protests have criticized the areas as being too far from the action, too restrictive and not particularly comfortable or conducive for expressing opinion to the people attending the convention, although city officials say the areas and the permitting process meet legal standards for such public expression developed after protests in other cities.
Michael Zytkow of Occupy Charlotte said the security zone covers “every part of Uptown that anyone would normally walk through.” And the area set aside for the “free speech zone” is so remote, “we’re calling it a parking lot tour,” he said.
In the interest of fair reporting, you'll notice that both political parties are restricting areas for protests and parades during their respective conventions.
And...the justification for such restrictions are pointed out for those who care to read, the third being the operative clause in this case.http://www.lectlaw.com/files/con10.htm
Three general first amendment principles guide departmental decision making in controlling public protest.
First, political speech in traditional public forums, such as streets and parks, is afforded a very high level of first amendment protection, and blanket prohibitions of such speech are generally unconstitutional.
Second, reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on such speech are permissible if they are content-neutral, narrowly tailored to serve substantial government interests, and leave ample alternative ways for the speech to occur.Third, speech or expressive conduct can be restricted because of its relationship to unlawful conduct, such as disorderly conduct or trespass.