TDC approves ‘concept’ of an additional penny

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

The sports complex, a concept originally codified in an interlocal agreement between city and county which has since been amended, would be built on 70-odd acres the St. Joe Company donated to the city.

The BOCC and city originally pledged equal funding of $800,000 each to the complex, but due to shrinking budgets over the past five years neither could afford the sticker price.

The TDC, under state laws establishing the agency, may collect an additional penny for a project aimed at promoting tourism.

“This is one of the few things the TDC can do as a project to put heads in beds and is a benefit to the whole community, the whole county,” said board member Tony Whitfield.

The benefits to such a complex are tangible.

The Bay County TDC estimates youth sports tournaments constitute a $35 million annual economic impact and account for tens of thousands of room nights.

A recent youth league baseball tournament in Chipley, which offers few of the amenities that Gulf County can, brought an economic impact of $300,000 to Washington County – for a one week tournament.

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