A complex pitch: M.C. Davis proposes land sale for sports complex

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 04:18 PM.

His suggested plans call for four softball fields; four multipurpose fields to be used for soccer, lacrosse, or football; six sand volleyball courts; hiking and biking trails; playgrounds; a 25,000-square-foot skate park; plus 1.8 acres allotted for an amphitheater.

Davis said the main reason for building such a complex is to service tourists and provide "much-needed" infrastructure.

"Families travel all over with traveling sports teams and center their vacations around them," said Davis 's assistant, Marilu Lammon.

Lammon said parents will spend $7 billion this year on such “playcations.”

Lammon said Morgan Sports Complex in Destin brings in an estimated $6 million each year through families planning their vacations around travelling sporting events. And, Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach reportedly brings in $48 million annually.

The type of fields Davis is proposing to be built would attract more affluent sports enthusiasts, he says.

"A lacrosse field is something no one else has around here, and it is an affluent sport attracting people with incomes of more than $100,000 annually. They will bring their families and spend money here, and we would have no competition for them," he said.

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