Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Glades Commissioners Consider Sports Complex

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- The Glades County Board of Commissioners last week
heard an appeal proposing the County provide $399,324 funding to upgrade
and improve the sports complex jointly owned by the City of Moore Haven and
Glades County School Board. District 3 Commissioner Russell Echols,
claiming it to be probably the most extensive recreation project taken on
by the county in quite some time, and citing dramatic increase in athletic
participation asked the Board to use one cent sales tax revenue to fund the
project providing a new (fourth) ball field on School Board property,
renovating the existing (3) ball fields with new sod, putting in a press
box and concession stand, and upgrading the lighting.

This sports complex serves the School's Athletic Department as well as city
and club sponsored sports activities, and will be divided with two
entrances so that
admission can be gained separately when multiple events are scheduled.

Echols stated, "It's major, but it's an investment in our children and
I'm asking this, not just for my district, but we have people who
participate in the organized sports in every one of your districts."
Chief Financial Clerk Brenda Choban confirmed that currently approximately
$1million remains uncommitted in that revenue account. The 1% Local
Government Infrastructure Surtax, passed by referendum in 1991, will expire
in 2007.

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