$600,000 Press Box At Taxpayer expense?

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  1. Suzanne Harris

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    Ashley you said in your post you were asked to attend the meeting can you tell us who ask you ?
     
  2. HTeeWalton

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    Freeport Regional Sports Complex is a city owned park, not county. And every year the volunteer board members for football, little league, and whatever else league, have to go sit through sometimes three to four city council meeting and beg for a waiver to not have to PAY TO PLAY on the fields. A few years ago little league had to pay over $5000 for the lights at the park.

    At $120 bucks a kid to play baseball/softball in south Walton, south walton little league should be pitching in to help pay for the concession stand.
     
  3. Kaydence

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    Admittedly, I have no children in the school system here anymore but I think its a sad state of affairs when children are neglected because of adult greed while others (particularly south of the bay) get all the golden eggs dumped in their basket while those north of the bay go without.

    I've seen comments from Dan Curry (Freeport) about the sad state of affairs going on with their fields and I see them up here in DFS first hand but OUR representation (C. Jones) couldn't be bothered with the peons because she has her nose so far up the backside of Sowal she can smell breakfast and yes she thinks she can win the election with only Sowal votes and yes, this $600,000 press box was all about the votes. If the only reason you vote for someone is to showcase where your children play ball..please don't vote. Curry also has a facebook page about Freeport Concerns and video about the need just for restroom facilities along with allot of other good information. www.facebook.com/freeportconcerns/

    It's gotta get better and a great start would be to vote her out!
     
  4. Suzanne Harris

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    Ashley is wrong again

    Defuniak didn't have a team meeting room built on to the facility. They knocked out an interior wall to make that old block building one big room and then did a lot of cleaning and painting. The existing building that Ashley thinks is brand new was built back in the 60's and used as the old field house for Walton High School football

    The league took an old building and made it better for a lot less than 600,000.00
     
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  5. Suzanne Harris

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    The reason they had a bunch of roaches and rats is because they were not cleaning up after themselves and leaving food out.

    As for Bob Hudson being told it is storage for baseball and soccer whatever. Ashley and the football group wont let soccer even practice on the football field. Baseball has their own storage at the baseball fields
     
  6. Suzanne Harris

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    Lastly the county was asked by Ashley to clean their concession stand during the season and The county said no because they were using it free of charge and had food and drinks and if something went missing didn't want their people accused. Besides they should take responsibility for cleaning up after themselves. Well just about an hour after This was told to Ashley a Cecilia Johnes called and said the county employees would be cleaning it with our custodians.

    This is the only league the county employees have to clean their concession stand for. Wonder why....surely it isn't because of who Ashley is
     
  7. Kaydence

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    No not lastly Suzanne...4-H in DFS cannot even get the county to clear their lot for a horse arena.
     
  8. Kaydence

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    here comes the Anderson spin...


    SOUTH WALTON, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The lack of recreational space for youth sports is coming to a head in South Walton and now county officials are hoping renovations to one park will help alleviate some of their scheduling issues.

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    "Obviously countywide we have a need for sports parks but especially in the south end of the county where we have such a large population," Walton County Programs and Projects Manager Rick Wilson said.

    While there is a new multi-million dollar sports complex in the making, Walton County officials say they are looking for ways to solve the problem now.

    "We still don't have enough fields and our commissioners are aware of that, so we're working to improve Helen McCall [Park], build our new sports park and even look into the future with additional fields because it's very badly needed in the south end of the county," Wilson said.

    "From my understanding, for the first time in South Walton's history, kids were turned away from little league. That's unacceptable," District 5 Walton County Commissioner Tony Anderson said.

    That's why Anderson said he wanted to donate $600,000 of his recreation plat fee money to improving Helen McCall Park.

    "The plat fee money can only be spent on parks, so this is a great project for that. I also donated $300,000 to the new sports park for their lighting," Anderson said. "So, it's something we have to do. Yeah, it's expensive, but not as expensive as losing our youth.

    "This is a great resource for South Walton. There is only this one park as far as ballparks right now," said Nathan Brown, who frequents Helen McCall Park. "We've got one softball field, couple baseball fields, and a T-ball field. So other than the high school field this is the only field I can practice with my daughter on a regular basis."

    Wilson said he believes these projects are critical to encouraging kids to stay out of trouble.

    "We all know that we want our children to have something to do, some sort of outlet to get that energy out, to socialize, to meet new people, to learn to play as a team and all the things that come along with sports and we want to keep the kids off the streets and from getting in trouble," he said. "So it's a focus for our board to provide the property and the amenities that these kids and the residents need and we're working diligently to do just that."

    "We definitely need some youth organizations to keep the kids busy outside of school," Brown added. "Some kids may not be on the school softball team or the school baseball team because they have band or other athletics or academics, but they like to use their rec leagues to keep playing so we definitely need this facility to keep everyone here involved in some type of sport."

    The main plan is to turn the current field from east and west to face north and south so they can add another field to the space they already have.

    "We're going to add two fields, build a new press box. It will help solve, alleviate the problem of too many kids in too few of places," Anderson explained.

    Between the Helen McCall fields, the new sports complex, and the Boys & Girls Club fields leased by the county, officials say that will bring their total number of lit multi-use fields up to seven, which they believe are still not enough.

    "We really need to step up to the plate and I don't think this is the total answer, you know, this is the problem we're solving now," said Anderson. "Walton County is growing, it's 42nd highest growing county in America, so we can't fall behind in youth sports."
     
  9. einnadica

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    maybe there's a salary the BCC could adjust downward or eliminate. here's a hint, 23 days later this remains on site
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  10. Kaydence

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    @Bob Hudson the problem with this image in my opinion is, its current for 2017/2018. It does not reflect the money Tony Anderson inherited from Cindy Meadows when he took office or where those plat fees actually went. Its the current accounting and does NOT include new development plat fees.

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  11. Bob Hudson

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    It includes $303,000 of Plat fees collected in year beginning 10/1/2017 thru 12/31/2017 which is the first 3 months of the current fiscal year. Your assessment is WRONG.

    Recreation Plat fees don’t belong to any Commissioner. They are collected for the residents of the area they represent. The commissioner in must secure the approval of the full board to expend them.

    The report does include any unexpended funds left from a prior Commissioner.
     
  12. Kaydence

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    Matt made the point elsewhere and I'll repost it here what I was trying to get at... "where the outrage is since this money comes from Recreational Plat fees. This isn't coming from the county general fund, it's coming from funds set aside specifically for parks and recreation".

    It explains for me personally allot about why Cecilia Jones has her head so far up Tony's backside she can smell breakfast and why "other" Commissioners kiss his, hoping he will throw them a morsel. Sure explains how he made Co-Chair as a NO NOTHING first year Commissioner. There is NO growth in Nowal.
     
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  13. FactorFiction

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    Ashley took the higher ground and explained what she knew. She even provided documents. I don't know her at all and have no children in these programs, but it sounds like she devotes a lot of time to young people in this County. Seems unfair to attack her for who she may know or who she is related to.
     
  14. James Bentwood

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    No one has attacked her. Only discussing the issue. Seems to be pretty civil.
     
  15. Kaydence

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    How many others get their concessions cleaned by the county because Cecilia Jones directed them to do it? Answer, NONE, not to mention all the other issues @Suzanne Harris pointed out in previous posts. When you are granted special privileges because of who you're related to it is fair to point out that it's not being done anywhere else.
     
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    Image credit Mark Douglass Art - Mark's Funky Art


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  17. Kaydence

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    C. Jones can't find a way to help in her own damn district but can even have concessions cleaned for Sowal?

    Just wow! And people think my priorities are skewed. Might wanna rethink that caricature @CartoonMark, For shame!

    It makes some Sowal folks look like entitled spoiled brats.
     
  18. CartoonMark

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    Not a caricature.... it's a group of cartoon animals..... no shame......no indictment of SoWal folks...... merely an observation ......not everybody sees the world as you do.
     
  19. Bob Wells

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    I think you have the captured the essence of the conversation.
     
  20. einnadica

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    I am stunned by this conversation, may be just my ignorance of how government actually works but what jumps out to me is what’s missing in this post. If all commishes must vote or approve for a district commissioner to spend the fees on behalf of the people in the district he or she represents, on what do those commishes (and the district commish) base their decision? Anecdotal evidence? Has the Parks director or stand-low stan actually collected information in the form of a comprehensive report of the “state of the parks” that includes for EACH park at least some if not all of this info: size, frequency and numbers of people using vs #s of residents intended to serve, amenities, condition, last major and minor overhaul, % of the total parks in the district each park represents, value of park and depreciation of equipment, cost of maintaining including numbers of employees and extrapolated wages, photos (or maybe commishes should tour all facilities as a group), any safety issues, costs to insure, plus, plus, plus, and then do an analysis? If such a report is available, great. If not, it may be very beneficial on a number of fronts.

    My daddy told me the day would come when I would sound like him so I need to let him know that day is here. Walton north and south wants to play and recreate. If there is a shortage of “fair” funds why doesn’t the entire Walton community take this as an opportunity to provide a service to their community (themselves) and to teach their children about business and work ethic? Cannot County funds be stretched by citizens, including kids, doing fundraisers, private business doing challenges or branding, private individuals offering something of significant value to be raffled (if legal), public info office beginning a campaign to get folks interested … maybe the community working alongside with government in creating or upgrading not only place to play and recreate but also developing a community spirit and respect for hard work along with a sense of achievement at what they can offer. Daddy, hope at least you agree.
     

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