While all polled were united in their excitement over the possibility of embracing three red-and-white striped umbrellas, those same people were not so united on the topic of if the community needs a sports complex, and where one should be located.
"A sports complex is not needed," said Chick Huettel. "It's a waste of money. All the schools have sports facilities plus
"There’s already the Morgan complex in Destin,
Valerie Lofton and her young son are very excited about the possibility of a sports complex, but says although it would be more convenient for them if it is located somewhere south of the bridge, she thinks Freeport would benefit if it was placed in that direction.
Richard Fowlkes just wants it kept off 30A and out of state lands.
"The Boys and Girls Club ended up in a good spot. We should be able to do the same with the sports complex," he said.
The Boys and Girls Club is located on Greenway Trail, close to
David Bludworth also feels it should be located near the high school, as does Allison Yii.
"I would love the complex at that location closest to the dog park/library area. It has good access and is a good middle ground," said Yii.
Malcolm Patterson offered his insight by saying, "If TDC funds are going to be used to build a sports complex, I do not think it wise.
“Walton has, for many years, targeted the up-scale population. Folks that travel with sports teams look for cheap lodging,” he added. “I don’t think Walton has much to offer in this price range. It would take several hundred units to house enough participants to make such a venture successful. That's not going to happen anytime in the near future. And it must be tourist related to qualify for TDC funds. Local participation would not qualify for TDC funding. But if it were to be funded from the General Fund, it would be a great idea.”