"I think it (the verdict) stinks because the people voted for it (the stadium). I voted for it. This town is always going to be a small town unless they start thinking big."
_ Al Velasco, 50,
"If he (Glazer) bought the team, he has a right to a profit. . . . I live in Pasco but I work in Tampa. It's not as if just people in Tampa are going to pay it (sales tax)."
_ Viola Slaughter, 45,
"I agree (with the verdict). . . . I don't know of any other business when they get in trouble that the city and county government come forward to help them out. . . . The people that don't need the help, they (government) seem to bend over backwards to give it to them. The people who do need it, don't get it."
_ Ken Kennedy, 60,
"Whose money did this mayor use to sue anyway? Who is this Mayor Poe? Where did he get the nerve to do that?"
_ Rosa Harris, 53,
"This sends a message throughout the United States. . . . If you're going to be an elected official, your first responsibility is to the people, not to a corporation."
Tampa City Council member
who opposed the stadium
deal from the start
"I thought it was a pretty interesting and thoughtful decision. If anything, it may open some avenues for an overall solution."
_ David LeFevre
Tampa Bay Lightning