By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Will word of a possible security fence discourage people from attending the events in Philadelphia when Pope Francis comes to town this September? A top tourism official in the city remains optimistic.READ MORE: Citizens Crime Commission Honors Yardley Police Chief Shot On Duty, Philly Teen Who Stood Up To Bullies
Talk of an eight-foot security fence, long walks and no driving from river to river may prove to be too high a hurdle for some considering attending the Pope’s public events.
But Meryl Levitz, president of the tourism agency Visit Philadelphia, predicts many more will endure:READ MORE: Shane Brolly Sentenced Up To 30 Years In Prison For Drunk Driving In Crash That Seriously Injured 4 Teens
“I think there will be far more people who say ‘it is worth it’ and are willing to put up with whatever it takes than those who say that it isn’t.”
The Secret Service also doesn’t plan to reveal the exact street closures and the boundaries of the Papal security zone until early September.
“We would love to know everything,” says Levitz. “But I think we all have to accept that’s not going to happen. As one person told me, ‘Meryl, we’re the SECRET Service’.”MORE NEWS: North Philadelphia Residents Question Their Safety After 5 People Injured, More Than 20 Shots Fired Near Temple University: 'It's Dangerous Out Here'
The absence of info may fuel rumors, but Levitz says right now no information is better than misinformation.