Kids Soccer lose LOST funds

May 11, 2009

In the Neighborhood Service agenda is a recommendation to take $200,000 of the Penny for Progress funds (Local Option Sales Tax) that had been planned for soccer fields and use it to complete nine clay tennis courts at Roger Scott. The county had given the City $1M for the project, but more funds are needed. Readrogerscott.

There has been a group of volunteers working hard to develop an inner city soccer program. Steve Sharp is one of the organizers. I hate to see the city promise the public one thing during the referendum vote and with a simple vote change course. Soccer is one of the most popular recreation programs in the country.

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  • $Again May 11, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Again, all the funding keeps going to the Cordova Park area while the so-called Central Park receives very little if anything. The comparison between these two park complexes is like night and day. Central Park looks shabby. The few new trees you planted with DOT funds are appreciated but there needs to be some serious plantings in the center areas so that maybe one day, it will be shaded and beautiful like all the other parks. DOT turned that area over to the city almost 30 years ago. If the City had planted it then with some large live oaks throughout, it would be a beautiful welcome to all those who enter the City via the interstate system.

  • Robert May 11, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I agree with Jason. As I commented on the other post I would rather see this a project for the entire county.

    I wonder what effects it would have on the schools in escambia county that are not in the city?

    Either way noone would be forced to go to college.

  • Jason Clark May 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I don’t know that the plan is to send those high school graduates with no “ability or interest” to college. I do know that helping under-privileged families afford college is a far more worthwhile goal than new tennis courts for the already-privileged.

  • Sharon E. May 11, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Not to worry – Councilwoman DeWeese has a “windfall” for the City – she wants to spend 2+ million dollars a year to send all high school graduates (regardless of ability or interest) to college…..wouldn’t it make more sense to spend $200,000 on soccer fields (and any other worthwhile project – library?)

  • Not fair May 11, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Of course money will be taken away from kids. The rich ladies of Cordova Park want some new courts. Larry B. Johnson, a tennis supporter without kids, will deliver what is in his best interest.

    Cocktails anyone at Roger Scott tennis at 5?