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NMMA meeting at Republican convention still scheduled

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is still planning to meet with elected leaders at the Republican National Convention Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., despite the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac.

“Everything is still on as planned unless there’s some kind of catastrophe,” Lauren Dunn, public relations manager for NMMA’s government relations office, told Soundings Trade Only this morning. “We got a little lucky. I think this storm is going to head more west than originally anticipated.”

Outdoor events probably will be canceled, Dunn said.

“We’ll probably have to move indoors because of the rain, but yeah, we’re still planning to move full speed ahead,” Dunn said. “It’s a huge bummer, but you really don’t want to be out on a boat in a hurricane. But we will still be there representing the industry.”

GOP convention events today were canceled as Isaac carved out a path that looked as if it could cross paths with Tampa. The storm was expected to evolve into a hurricane as it hit Florida’s coast.

Although they traditionally start in the evening, RNC events were expected to begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday to catch up on the missed day, Dunn said.

“We’re still planning to move ahead, but we’re playing it hour by hour,” Dunn said.

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