Hey all, I've been doing alot of searching for near-by hotels by the RNC center (Times building) but all in the immediate area and for several miles out seem to be booked already. I was, however, able to get reservations, 4 nights (Aug 27-Aug 30) at the Best Western Harbor see: http://www.bestwesternhoteltampa.com/index.php
They have a private beach and several meeting areas. I think it is about 6 or so miles from the RNC site. We may be able to hold some planning/organization meetings or something there and I'd be happy to check on anything if it would be helpful for the event. I think they have plenty of parking, and open areas, but I'd have to check on that. Not sure they have any more available rooms but since I am staying there, we may be able to use the facilities for something.
The address and contact is:
7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway
Tampa, Florida, 33607-1430
Phone: (813) 281-8900
Toll Free Reservations: (800) 780-7234
PS: I am also looking for a female who may be interested in sharing the room/expenses with me.