Sports complex feasibility report coming soon to city council

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

The institute will meet next week and soon will deliver a formal report on its findings and recommendations, Iannucci said.

Former Okaloosa County Tourism Development Council Director Mark Bellinger addressed the city council and the Community Redevelopment Agency in the spring of 2012 to advise on funding the project with a Crestview tourism development tax, or "bed tax," levied on guests at area hotels.

A sports complex that attracted more visitors to the community would be a permissible use of the tax, Bellinger said.

"The bed tax is a very strong option for you in the future if you decide to go down that road as a funding source for this type of development," Rasmussen said.

While researching the concept, the institute requested copies of a proposal for a combined community arts and sports facility presented to the agency by Rae Schwartz, representing Friends of the Arts and the Okaloosa Arts Alliance's Crestview area committee.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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