Security tight as visitors arrive in Salt Lake from around the world for U.N. conference

Security tight as visitors arrive in Salt Lake from around the world for U.N. conference. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
City officials in Salt Lake report there are 8,000 people from around the world registered for a U.N. conference this week at the Salt Palace Convention Center.
The event, a meetup for civil society organizations, will feature hundreds of workshops and discussions about the future of the world's cities.
But what about security?
The city is just weeks removed from a violent riot that erupted at a public meeting about the Inland Port Project.
Eight people were arrested after demonstrators clashed with police in a melee that began in the Chamber of Commerce building and spilt out into the streets.
Mayor Jackie Biskupski, citing the city's experience hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2002, said officials feel ready.
"We are very prepared for any potential issue that may arise, we aren't seeing any signs of something on that's, you know, unexpected," she said. "So we're very well prepared..."
The mayor hopes demonstrators stay within the confines of areas reserved for protests on West Temple between 100 and 200 South.
"We have areas that are secured for them where they can go in these specific spaces that are public and protest if they choose to," she said.
Biskupski isn't worried about the return of Inland Port protesters. She believes those people would support the ideas being exchanged at the convention.