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Romney Rally: 5 Things To Know Before You Go

Get tips on what you need to have and where to go for the Gov. Mitt Romney campaign rally in Sarasota's Ringling Museum.

Presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney will be in Sarasota for a free campaign rally Thursday, and Patch has prepared five things to know before you go see him.

1. Where do I go?

The rally will be at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art behind the large center courtyard and the Statue of David, so you'll be looking west across Sarasota Bay.

Though volunteers are on hand expected to direct traffic, the Ringling has ample parking, but for large events, the lot fills up fast and some folks will have to park in the grass, which is actually much closer as it's in front of the museum itself. 

The crowd will shuffle toward the rear courtyard where barricades and a security line will greet you.

Gates open at 1:30 p.m., and the event begins at 3:30 p.m. Romney is expected to be on site and mingle, putting the event end time around 5 p.m., according to a Romney campaign worker.

Volunteers were expected to report at 11 a.m. at the museum today.

2. What do I need?

To get tickets, call 813-644-2493 or email TeamFL@mittromney.com.

If you do not have a ticket, there will be an opportunity to register on site at the gates to be admitted.

Once you get to the gate, realize that security will be tight. Presidential candidates at this stage are provided Secret Service protection, so the process could take awhile to get to your seat. 

No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed. Cameras are permitted. It may be wise to pack a lunch or bring a snack while in line. And slap on the sunscreen because the rally is outdoors.

3. How's traffic?

It would be highly recommended to avoid the University Parkway and US 41 area today.

Romney will fly in to arrive at his $2,500-per person fundraiser, which lasts from about 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Traffic delays from a security escort could be possible from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"sarasota-bradenton-international-airport"} -->, heading south on Tamiami Trail to

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Lynda September 21, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Belated comment to CS at Patch. Good article on how to attend the rally. You provided useful information (except for neglecting the need for to bring a fact checker. lol) for people who wanted to see Gov. Romney in person. Good job with a tight deadline.
Toni Whitt September 21, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Charles Rocks. He did a good job today at the rally too. We're lucky to have him at Patch.
Charles Schelle September 21, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Thanks for the kind words! I was lucky to have Toni to suffer in the heat with me and definitely check out her stories, including one on the protestors.
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