This is a very busy week in the Bradenton Herald newsroom.
Just 45 minutes north, about 50,000 out-of-state visitors are convening in downtown Tampa for the Republican National Convention. We have several reporters covering all of the action live. For updates, check Bradenton.com frequently.
The event is expected to generate a huge economic boon for Manatee County -- filling up hotels rooms, tables at restaurants and other area attractions.
At the same time, we still have reporters covering any fallout from Tropical Storm Isaac, which turned out to mostly miss our area. Surfers are enjoying the rough waters, and the tourist who are still here are not afraid to make their way to the beaches. So far, no major damage has been reported in Manatee.
The good news: Piney Point, a former phosphate facility near Port Manatee, escaped the storm without any toxic runoff. This is one of the few positive developments to occur at the site since a liner tear in the gypsum stacks last year sent 170 million gallons of toxic water into Bishop Harbor on Tampa Bay.
You can read all about Piney Point here.
The bad news: The storm will increase gas prices in Manatee by as much as 20 cents a gallon in one week as refineries along the Gulf states halt production to protect themselves against potential damage.
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