HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Tampa limousine operators are concerned they may end up missing out on business for the 2009 Super Bowl if a current state law is changed, allowing out-of-state limousine companies and cabdrivers to serve Super Bowl customers.
Under current law, only people with a chauffer's license issued in Florida can drive limousines and cabs in Hillsborough County. But when Tampa hosts the 2009 Super Bowl, out-of-state drivers may also be allowed in.
According to Bay News 9's partner newspaper, The St. Petersburg Times, the NFL contracts with Carey International to cart around its VIPs. Carey has drivers licensed in Florida, but it may want to bring in out-of-state drivers when Tampa hosts the Super Bowl.
Hernando County chauffeur Walter Kozak is against the law being changed.
"Every vehicle that comes in is going to take the food off the plate of a local limousine operator," Kozak said.
During the Super Bowl in 2001, Bay News 9 records show local operators at that time said their business tripled right before and after kickoff. Some even had a 350% increase in business.
A public hearing is scheduled Friday, Dec. 07 on the issue.
SOURCE: Bay News 9 — Tampa Bay