April 16 workshop set to mull guidelines for nonprofit contributions

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Resident Connie Murray, left, observes as the Crestview City Council debates her request for use of Old Spanish Trail Park for a Lyme disease awareness event.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 02:07 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The city council has set an April 16 workshop to discuss establishing guidelines for granting non-profit groups’ request for free use of public facilities.

Three groups, as follows, requested use of city facilities during the meeting:

•Resident Connie Murray requested a $350 waiver to use Old Spanish Trail Park for a May 11 Lyme disease awareness fund-raiser.

•Sabu Williams, president of the NAACP’s Okaloosa County chapter, requested a $205 fee waiver to use the Crestview Community Center for an April 14 fund-raiser benefiting former council member Lily Conyers, who is ill. 

•Bob Lynn, chairman of the city's Military Appreciation Recognition Celebration, requested the city contribute use of Old Spanish Trail Park and provide event insurance for the annual Armed Forces Day family event, set for May 18.

All three requests were unanimously approved after discussion, but questions about event insurance and guidelines for granting fee waivers remained. Mayor David Cadle suggested the council have a public workshop on the matter.

"I know we have no criteria and we have struggled with that," Cadle said. "If you knew just what the criteria was, it would make things much easier for you."

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