FLORENCE, Ala. – Were several months of research for a proposed tennis complex in Florence for naught? A majority of city council members have voted against the plan and the tax increase to fund it. However, the project may not necessarily be dead.
“It’s a beautiful park,” stated District 3 Councilman David Bradley. “It’s one of the best situated parks in the City of Florence and it has gone to waste over the past few years and there is no excuse for that whatsoever.”
The proposed 31-court tennis complex is the closest a project has gotten to reality.
However, Bradley and three other council members didn’t feel comfortable voting in favor of a project in which they didn’t know what it would look like or cost.
“The project is not dead,” said Bradley. “I am looking for other alternative means to fixing up that park and I’m fighting to do so this very day. I have already reached out to the mayor and to our park and recreation director.”
According to Bradley, he would like to see upgraded camping, walking trails and better pavilions. Bradley said a stand-alone tennis complex with no other improvements is not something he can support and it’s not something his district’s residents would get behind.
So it’s back to the drawing board for the city as they try to figure out what to do in the park.
The proposed lodging tax increase of 5% to pay for the tennis complex was also voted down.