Downtown businesses face restricted delivery hours, conditions during RNC

Downtown businesses face restricted delivery hours, conditions during RNC
Sirna & Sons Produce is one of the companies that will likely be affected by increased security measures in Cleveland during the RNC. (Source: WOIO)
Sirna & Sons Produce is one of the companies that will likely be affected by increased security measures in Cleveland during the RNC. (Source: WOIO)

. - Delivery hours during the Republican National Convention will be restricted; it's just not clear yet what those delivery hours will be, according to business owners.

"The delivery schedule has not been formulated for us to really know how -- I'm sure we are going to have to add some additional routes so that we can hit those windows that are going to be necessary to get in," said Vince Sirna, of Sirna and Sons Produce, based in Ravenna.

Security standards are high. Sirna was told that all of his trucks delivering within a protected downtown perimeter will be subject to inspection.

"From what I'm hearing, our trucks, before they can start to make their deliveries, they'll have to go to some area that's probably not decided yet. I heard Cleveland Browns (FirstEnergy) Stadium; I'm not sure, have our trucks basically get inspected, and then give them the OK to go ahead and deliver," added Sirna.

Huron Point Tavern is just steps away from where the Republican National Convention will be held at Quicken Loans Arena. Owner Jeff Burson explained to me he's inside the perimeter, so his deliveries will be restricted.

"They told us Euclid would remain open. They said our street here, Huron, would be shut down. In what respect, I don't know. We are just trying to figure out the situation with the deliveries," said Burson.

Fifty-thousand people coming to downtown Cleveland will require all hands on deck, but the inconvenience will be worth it, according to most you talk to.

"It's good for everybody. The hotel systems that we do down there, their rooms are all full. They are going to be busy. So, we just want to be a part of it," said Sirna with a smile.

Business owners say they expect to know more details in the beginning of June.

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