Sports Complex: A want or need?

Sports Complex

Freeport businessman M.C. Davis believes a tract of land he owns along U.S. Highway 98 about 2 miles east of County Road 395 would make an ideal location for a sports complex. He plans to pitch the idea to the Walton County Commission this month.

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 03:11 PM.

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 Helen McCall Park for the public, plus the new Boys & Girls Club off 331. But if they want to spend the money, it should be located at Moll Road at Helen McCall Park or out near the Chelco office building on Highway 98."

Former Walton County Citizens Services Director Ken Little said he is also ambivalent on the need for another sports complex. 

"There’s already the Morgan complex in Destin, Frank Brown Park to our east in Panama City Beach , but more importantly, the Freeport Regional Sports Complex at Hammock Bay . It’s a great venue that we need to support. I understand that lodging might be an issue for Freeport right now, but there’s no reason why folks couldn’t come and stay in South Walton and commute the short 11 miles to Freeport for sports events. The Bay is not an insurmountable obstacle, and we need to quit letting it divide our county," he said.

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.

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