Tampa will help St. Pete pay RNC security costs
TAMPA Tampa will reimburse St. Petersburg for some of the costs associated with hosting a pre-Republican National Convention welcoming party at Tropicana Field. Police chiefs from both cities reached their deal Thursday. Tampa City Council will weigh in on it next week. The agreement resolves a hitch St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster put into RNC planning last month when he said Tampa would not agree to pay to protect the 15,000 people expected at the Tropicana Field welcoming event on Aug. 26, the day before the start of the convention. Foster asked Mayor Bob Buckhorn to reimburse St. Petersburg from the $50 million federal security grant Tampa has been using to cover its own costs. So far, Tampa has laid claim to nearly $40 million of the grant, which will begin paying back the city's security costs after the RNC ends.Under the proposed deal with St. Petersburg, Tampa will cover overtime costs for St. Petersburg Police Department officers assigned to patrol or respond to the Tropicana Field event. It will also cover the costs of any equipment St. Petersburg has to buy to for the event. Tampa will also loan St. Petersburg some equipment and personnel as needed.
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