By: Diane Benjamin
According to the WJBC story. the decision has already been made by the consultants who were just hired: we need a sports complex.
The Pony League fields began in 1988 with no tax dollars. Hundreds if not thousands of kids and adults play there every summer. Have you noticed all the hotels and restaurants that sprang up around it?
Actually no hotels, even though they do have tournaments. Subway finally opened a location on Ireland Grove and at least one other restaurant a few years ago.
But a sports complex will lead to TONS of economic growth. According to the WJBC story those businesses (hotels and restaurants) already exist. The Pony complex pays many of their bills through concessions but the sports complex must not plan to if they think restaurants are going to thrive.
The Federal Aviation Administration documents I received by FOIA don’t say the soccer complex needs to move because it’s too dangerous. ( https://blnnews.com/2018/04/05/faa-cira-and-soccer/ ) The FAA was upset they weren’t paying market rates for the property. The FAA prefers aviation type businesses on the property but there doesn’t appear to be any ready to move in. CIRA would convert the property back to farm land if soccer moves.
Will all the existing trees be killed? The soccer people planted many that are finally getting big enough to matter.
Get ready for more “Quality of Life” that will make your life worse because you will get the bill.
Games are played at the Pony fields from mid April to mid October – 7 months. Does the Florida consultant realize the fields can’t be used all year? (They are working for government, so the obvious needs to be asked!)