Tampa to county: We'll play ball if you'll agree it's our ball
TAMPA -- City officials have offered to let county emergency workers help take care of injured NFL players and overly intoxicated football fans during Bucs games, with a caveat.
In a letter to the Tampa Sports Authority, which operates Raymond James Stadium, City Attorney David Smith said Hillsborough's firefighters could have a piece of the action if the county would "acknowledge the exclusive right" of the city to provide all emergency medical services within Tampa's boundaries.
George Sucarichi, president of Hillsboorugh County firefighters union, called Smith's letter "comical" and said he would "acknowledge nothing."
City paramedics have handled the off-duty assignments at football games for years. County firefighters want some of the work, which pays $25 to $35 an hour during home games. The Tampa Sports Authority voted to include the county paramedics, but the City Council last month rammed through an ordinance declaring the work the city's "exclusive right."
--Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer
[Skip O'Rourke, Times files]