It was a hybrid meeting for the West Florida Limousine Association (WFLA) this past December 15—its last of the year—as a handful of members gathered at the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club in Gulfport, Florida, with about a dozen more guests joining via Zoom, including CD Managing Editor Susan Rose.
The focus of the meeting was the continuing preparation for Super Bowl LV to be held at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021. Many of the details are contingent upon the state of COVID—including the big game’s date itself—but area operators are counting on the influx of revenue to kick off early 2021 on solid footing despite the event’s reduced capacity. According to most on the call, bookings have been slow, but inquiries have been steady, with many expecting them to pick up once closer to the event and details are solidified.
Prior to the call, Board Member David DiDomenico of Showtime Transportation of Tampa distributed via email the most up-to-date information from their meeting with the Super Bowl host committee, which included minimum vehicle rates and cancellation policies. The Board shared details about parking permits, which range from $120 for sedans and SUVs up to $350 for motorcoaches depending on the type of the vehicle—and they cautioned members to have the correct permits or face being turned away. Parking permits were expected to be available for purchase starting 12/18/20 at parksuperbowl.com.
For local companies working with or using out-of-town vehicles, special event permits will be available for $25 per vehicle through Hillsborough County. However, permits MUST be purchased through a local company that is up to date with permits. More information is available at tampabaylv.com.
Also, for pickups at Tampa International Airport during the week of Super Bowl, the 8th floor in short-term parking near the Armstrong elevators has been designated and blocked for all black car services.
After wrapping up business, members who joined the meeting in person enjoyed lunch and celebrated the end of a crazy year.
The WFLA Board is keeping a close eye on new developments as we inch closer to the game.
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