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JSO Traffic Control at Jags Games Out

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Updated: 8/03/2012 7:31 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you've ever been to a Jags game you know that parking can be a headache. 

"We were tallied as the number one city for traffic by the NFL, getting people in and getting them out, but there's been a cost to that," says Sheriff Rutherford. 

One, he says, JSO can no longer afford.

He issued this statement to Action News saying, "Many promoters and sponsors budget for and provide for this service, and may continue to do so, however we can no longer afford to provide this service at no cost to the event promoter or the city."

So this year, traffic into and out of downtown, may be a major problem for big events like the monster truck show, the Florida-Georgia game, the Gator Bowl, and Jaguars games. And Jags fans have mixed emotions about it.  

Bobby Bickle says, "It's a sad situation. I understand there's always money trying to go here and money trying to go there." 

Billy Thompson says, "It's fine. With enough security around here we don't really need, hopefully don't need JSO."  

Mayor Alvin Brown says he doesn't expect it to be an issue until next year's budget takes effect in October.

"That doesn't happen till next year. So we do have funding in this year's budget take care of all the traffic control. And we're gonna work together to make sure we protect people tonight. Get 'em in and out," says Mayor Brown.   

JSO will provide traffic control for the first four home games. But after Oct. 1, large events like Jags games, are on their own.
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