Council denies free use of park; event would raise funds for school bus cameras

Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

CRESTVIEW — The City Council has denied free use of Old Spanish Trail Park facilities for a local mother organizing a fund-raiser to buy cameras for county school buses.

Tina Bannon asked the council for free use of the park pavilion and walking path for the March 8 event, which would include a vendor fair and walkathon.

Without city support, Bannon said she would have to pay the $250 facility rental fee herself.

City Councilman Mickey Rytman sympathized with Bannon and her Parents Together Okaloosa County organization. He asked city attorney Jerry Miller if the city could "co-sponsor" Bannon's event through waiver of the facility rental fees.

"It's a political decision for you but you're going to have consistency issues if you get into waiving," Miller said. "You're fundamentally using your tax dollars for a particular purpose."

Under Miller's counsel, council members have resisted recent requests for facility fee waivers to avoid establishing a precedent.

Council President Robyn Helt suggested Bannon use an area school's facilities "since it will benefit the school board," but Bannon said people are more accustomed to attending such events at Old Spanish Trail Park.



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