TAMPA, FL (KPLR) - The first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa has been postponed by one day because of the threat of severe weather from Tropical Storm Isaac.
On Monday afternoon, the gavel will drop to open a business session expected to last five minutes before declaring a recess until Tuesday.
"Really the concern was for after the convention was over (Monday night) and getting the bussed back to Clearwater and St. Pete," said Missouri Republican Party Chairman David Cole.
"If there is a storm surge in the bay they were concerned about the causeways so it is just out of an abundance of caution."
Delegates arriving in Tampa on Sunday were confident the delay will not dampen their party.
Missouri House Republican Majority leader Tim Jones, of Eureka was able to fly Tampa early enough on Sunday that he had no problems getting to Florida.
"I think people are all excited to be here. This is the marquee event that only happens once every four years."