FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — Security concerns surrounding the upcoming Republican National Convention are moving moved the popular Tall Ships Challenge from downtown Cleveland to a small lakeside village 30 miles east of the city.
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/1qulTZq ) that the tall ships event, held every three years at cities along the Great Lakes, will dock in Fairport Harbor this year from July 7-10. The Republican convention is July 18-21 at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
A spokesman for the city of Cleveland says attempting to host both the convention and the tall ships event in a short time span would present security challenges.
The tall ships event typically attracts about 100,000 people. Around a half-dozen tall ships are expected to dock in Fairport Harbor.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com