Sports complex properties revisited

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 02:48 PM.

Those in South Walton who want more sports fields will be pleased to know that plans to purchase land for that purpose is moving forward, however slowly.

The purchase was discussed again at the Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

District 5 Commissioner Cindy Meadows seemed to favor moving ahead with the parcel that was originally presented by Marilu Lammon on behalf of M.C. Davis. Meadows noted this one is the cheapest, has no homes around it, and there would be a road to the site. However, it is the parcel located fartherest east — situated east of County Road 395, the 34 acres rest north of U.S. Highway 98.

Meadows noted there is room to expand there and it could be adjacent to a new school that is planned nearby. And she noted that money for the purchase could be taken from the same account that funds new sheriff's vehicles.

Meadows also said the urgency in moving forward with securing land for more sports fields as battles are ensuing at Helen McCall Park over who will use which field.

However, the majority of the Board wanted to take a closer look at all the options available.

County Administrator Larry Jones was tasked with coming back to the Board with a better rundown on what each parcel offers and what the drawbacks on each might be.

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