District takes deed to Lamar Faison Fields

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 08:57 AM.

The Gulf County School Board last week took possession from the city of Port St. Joe of Lamar Faison Fields, including the soccer complex and tennis courts.

The city and School Board have been discussing the exchange for several months, but there were several issues requiring resolution.

One was receiving an okay from the St. Joe Company, which had donated the land for the recreational complex.

Second, the school district had to ensure that the complex remained available for public use as state parks and recreation grant funds had been used to build the complex.

From the city’s standpoint, deeding over the complex was about cost-savings. The city will save more than $100,000 required annually for upkeep and maintenance to the fields and tennis courts.

The city, and district staff agreed, that the district was better suited to maintain the soccer fields at the Lamar Faison complex as part of its upkeep of other sports fields.

For the school district, it was an opportunity to expand the Port St. Joe Elementary School campus to take more control over parking and also maintenance of land between the school and Lamar Faison Fields.

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