Sports complex feasibility report coming soon to city council

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 07:19 PM.

"There are ways to get this paid for that won't come out of the taxpayers' pockets," Iannucci said.

The retired professionals estimated the complex itself had the potential to lose up to $400,000 a year, but it would generate revenues between $5 and $10 million annually for the city's hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants and service providers.

The north county could use a sports complex, Councilman Charles Baugh Jr. said.

"We don't have enough recreational opportunities for our youth," he said. "Roughly, there's 40,000 people living in this area, and this is the county seat, so maybe we can get some partnership from the county to make this happen."

The project has drawn support from the county Economic Development Council.

"You've heard before that this would be an excellent development for the city and would contribute greatly to the quality of life in the area," EDC interim President Kay Rasmussen said.

RESTORE Act money — from BP's fines for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill — might apply to the sports complex project, Rasmussen said.

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