St. Petersburg will recoup money for RNC party

9:20 AM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
Arist's rendering of how the inside of Tropicana Field looked for the RNC's welcome party on Sunday, August 26.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - St. Petersburg's expenses for the Republican National Convention's welcome party at Tropicana Field came to just under $1 million.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that costs for police, firefighters, medics and city employees to work during the party came to $949,647.

Tampa agreed to reimburse St. Petersburg $950,000. Tampa received a $50 million federal grant to pay for extra police personnel for convention activities.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster reiterated earlier statements that taxpayers wouldn't be on the hook for the private welcome party. But he later acknowledged that some expenses might not be reimbursed, such as those for police training to control large crowds and protecting dignitaries.

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