Rainy weather threatens to douse President Donald Trump’s supporters and detractors who will descend on Orlando for his campaign kickoff Tuesday.
The National Weather Service in Melbourne says showers and thunderstorms are likely, with a half-inch possible. The chance of rain is 60%.
City officials outlined final preparations for the president’s rally to formally kick off his 2020 re-election bid. Supporters began lining up early Monday for the Tuesday evening rally, expected to bring thousands of supporters from across the region to downtown Orlando.
Weather forecasts also show the potential for typical summer conditions — intense heat and strong afternoon storms.
Police Chief Orlando Rolón and Fire Chief Rich Wales reminded attendees to wear light clothing and pack plenty of water to be ready for the conditions.
Rolón said that while many of his officers will be part of security for the event, police presence elsewhere in the city will not be reduced.
The city isn’t setting up protest zones, though three protests have received permits from City Hall.
A rally called Win With Love is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Stonewall Bar Orlando near Orlando City Stadium, the Florida Democratic Party has a press conference with about 10 speakers at 1 p.m. at City Commons and Boricua Vota has an event from 3 to 8 p.m. at Lake Eola Park, according to permits.
“Citizens have the right to protest anywhere the public has a right to access while following applicable laws,” said Cassandra Lafser, a spokeswoman for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Rolón said the department is largely treating the rally like any other large-scale gathering the city hosts and officers will mostly be in their regular attire, as opposed to tactical gear.
“We’re used to these type of visits. This one is kind of unique in the sense that it’s a national announcement that’s being made,” he said. “And for that reason you probably will notice more…police presence in most of our downtown area anywhere near the Amway Center.”
Church Street from Hughey to Garland avenues.
South Street from Hughey to Division avenues.
Pine Street from Garland to Hughey avenues.
Hughey Avenue from Central Boulevard to South Street.
Division Avenue from Anderson Street to Central Boulevard.
Also, pedestrians won’t have access to Church and Pine streets from Garland, or Hughey Avenue between Central Boulevard and South Street.