ST. PETERSBURG — It was a quiet day for St. Petersburg police at Tropicana Field on Wednesday. Officers made no arrests during the playoff opener, though they did have to kick six people out of the stadium.
Five were removed for disorderly conduct and one was removed for selling tickets on the stadium grounds. There were no reports of ticket or parking scams, a police spokesman said.
But there were still some people trying to park in the Trop's disabled parking spaces. Officer Tonia Nave and her police volunteers have been regularly patrolling those spots to curb abuses of disabled parking placards this baseball season. The permits are issued to people, not vehicles.
They cited 10 people for illegally parking in the Trop's disabled spots in Lots 6 and 7 on Wednesday and seized all 10 permits.
Nine of the drivers were each given a $258 ticket for using someone else's permit, police said. Three of the placards belonged to someone who had died, police said.
But the 10th scofflaw might have been the most brazen of all: That person parked in a disabled spot without any kind of disabled parking permit at all.