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Bush visit will tangle traffic - but where?

For some commuters, the president's route to a 9 a.m. speaking engagement will be Operation Stop and Pause.

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 15, 2004

TAMPA - The president is coming to town, and that means you might want to head to work early on Monday morning.

Neither the Secret Service nor the Tampa Police Department will discuss where President Bush is staying tonight. The agencies won't disclose the roads he'll be taking Monday morning, either.

But this much is certain: The commander-in-chief is scheduled to speak about 9 a.m. at NuAir Manufacturing, a window and door fabricator on Anderson Road.

Whatever roads he takes to get there will be on lockdown. Commuters, be ready to wait.

"Usually, (closures) don't last more than 30 minutes," Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin said. "Just long enough to get the president safely on his way."

It will be Bush's 19th visit to Florida and fifth visit to Tampa since he was elected.

The Tampa factory will be a backdrop for president to hold a "conversation on the economy."

NuAir Manufacturing has hired 60 people in the past year.

The family-owned company near the Town 'N Country section of Tampa has been in business for nearly 50 years.

The last time President Bush was in Tampa was June 30, when he attended a private fundraising event at the Hyatt Regency Westshore, raising $1.2-million for his re-election campaign.

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