TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Republicans have a perfectly logical reason to book their national convention in Florida, a swing state that Mitt Romney must win if he is to defeat President Barack Obama.

But who else in their right minds would consider holding such a large-scale event just when the state is at its hottest, stickiest and most vulnerable to hurricanes?

The answer? Lots of people.

Why? Because when the uncomfortable heat and humidity rise, hotel prices drop, and popular venues that are impossible to snag in high season are quite often available.

Everyone from Star Wars fans to beauty specialists, dancers, journalists, real estate agents and Asian business groups are planning to gather in the Sunshine State through the rest of this month and in September, one of the most active months for hurricanes.