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9:03 PM, Jul 17, 2012   |    comments
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By Tammie Fields

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Tuesday, long lines formed with people eager for the chance to score a ticket to see President Barack Obama. Tom Quinn was one of the lucky ones.

"It's very exciting. If I get to see the President of the United States that's pretty cool."

But some supporters say they were threatened with having their vehicles towed away while they waited. Amy Smith waited in line with her older sister, Cherie Coulson.

"We haven't even been waiting the longest," Amy said. "Then all of a sudden the tow trucks come up and all of the cars that are double parked and parked illegally because there's nowhere else to park -- they're starting to tow cars."

The Duval County Democratic Party office at 4811 Beach Boulevard was one of five places were tickets were being doled out. The building on the Southside does share space with several other businesses. One worker expressed his concern that parking was a nightmare for them during the ticket giveaway.  

But for many of those waiting in line, the risk was worth it.

"I've been here since 6 o'clock, but I'm so happy to be first in line. Because I missed him when he was at Metropolitan, so I'm not going to let that happen again,"  Dana Dunn said.

"I have five children and we'd like to have the opportunity to have our children get to see the President, someday they'll have a memory that'll last them the rest of their life," Paul MacGregor said.

Even as late as 5 p.m. Obama supporters were still showing up hoping to pick up a ticket but it was too late. There are no tickets left.

Tom Quinn realizes that just having a ticket doesn't mean he'll get into the "grassroots event" that's being held at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center on Thursday at 11 a.m.

"It's a timing issue. He'll speak at 11 - they want you there by 9. I'll be there by 9," Quinn said.

Some Obama supporters were able to skip the long lines. Rayne Provost is a volunteer for the Democratic Party. She arrived at their office late in the evening and picked up a ticket without any wait.

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