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County to clear way for paramedics at Tampa stadium

TAMPA — Hillsborough County attorneys have said that no local laws prohibit county paramedics from working moonlighting jobs at Raymond James Stadium.

But commissioners tentatively agreed Wednesday to revise a local ordinance to remove any doubt.

County paramedics got permission last month from the Tampa Sports Authority to work some of the part-time shifts. City of Tampa paramedics have done the work exclusively for years, and had fought the move.

They argued, among other things, that the county's own ordinance gives city paramedics sole right to the work because Raymond James is located in Tampa. The county has said an ordinance dealing with jurisdictions applies only to emergency calls, not moonlighting jobs.

The change submitted Wednesday seeks to spell that out. Commissioners voted 6-1 to take it to public hearing, with Rose Ferlita opposed.

The City Council may seek to counter that move today when it considers a change to one of its own ordinances in an attempt to bar county paramedics from doing moonlighting work in the city.

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