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Tampa Airport's snazzy new look starts in restrooms
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Tampa, Florida -- When thousands of visitors come for August's Republican National Convention, they'll see major changes at Tampa International Airport -- starting in the restrooms.

Monday afternoon, airport CEO Joe Lopano will take a sledgehammer to a sink in one of TIA's restrooms, smashing it to the ground and launching a $20 million renovation project.

Photos: TIA Upgrades

The overhaul will add:
- New digital signs
- A new look for the entrances to the monorails that take passengers to their gates
- Renovated restrooms with a new, sleeker appearance
- A military greeting area managed by the USO
- New tourism information centers

The major renovation effort will be split into two waves of work. The first begins Monday and is set to wrap up by August 10th -- more than two weeks before the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Airport managers wisely didn't want barricades and construction gear scattered throughout the airport as convention visitors arrived.

After the convention, the work will resume, with upgrades to flooring, lighting, and seating.

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