Crestview council denies youth basketball team's request for financial assistance

Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 05:00 PM.

The city's exclusive contract with the park concessions operator would bring extra revenue from 800 visitors buying food during the basketball tournament, Helt said.

But her motion failed without a second.

Rytman said granting fee waivers to one group when other equally worthy groups seek the same relief sets poor precedent.

"Our hearts are going out to you; you don't know how bad," Rytman said to Heat representatives. "As a city, it's hard for us to decide how to put one (group) before another."

"This has gotten real emotional and it feels good," Councilman Tom Gordon said. "But it's not my money. It's taxpayer money."

"As a citizen, I'll help you with something, but as a representative, I can't see breaking precedent by waiving the fees," Councilman Shannon Hayes said.

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