Council passes tournament scheduling to Parks & Recreation department

Crestview Heat medalists AAU

Crestview Heat AAU basketball medalists Markelar Johnson, Sidney Walker, Dallas Stone and Huntley Stone attend Monday's City Council meeting to support hosting a March tournament at Twin Hills Park.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 13:29 PM.

CRESTVIEW — An Amateur Athletic Union basketball tournament could bring up to 1,000 visitors to town, officials with the Crestview Heat AAU team told city leaders.

Addressing the City Council, Heat organizer Tony John said the home team has played "all over Northwest Florida," but there has never been a tournament in Crestview.

Players would come from throughout the country for the March tournament, John said.

"It would bring business to our hotels and restaurants," he said on Monday, noting Crestview has "one of the top-ranked teams in the state."

Organizer Shavon Scott said the Heat had also met with coaches and principals at Crestview High School and Davidson Middle School about using their gymnasiums, but scheduling conflicts required them to seek another venue.

The team asked to host the tournament at the Twin Hills Park gymnasium.

City attorney Jerry Miller noted that scheduling and use of city facilities are administrative matters, not something the council needs to take up as a legislative body.



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