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Walton County Seeking Interested Land Sellers for Sports Complex

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The budding of fall marks the start of many recreational sports across the Panhandle, but one county says they are running out of room to accommodate the growing demand for sport facilities.

About a proposed sports complex in South Walton County could solve their woes if they can find a suitable piece of land.

"People think of South Walton and think well, everybody goes to the beach. Well, that's not necessarily true," said Commissioner Cindy Meadows.

Meadows said they're running out of room at Santa Rosa Beach's Helen McCall Park to build any more facilities.

"Basically it's 95 percent built out," she said.

Monday, the ribbon was cut on brand new soccer fields; but, the County knows its only a matter of time before the residents' demand over takes what they are able to supply.

"So, we know that we need some more recreational facilities in South Walton," added Meadows.

Enter the idea of a brand new South Walton sports complex.

In its infant stage, proposed renderings from one interested land owner are the start of a file that is bound to grow larger with resident desires.

"They want more soccer fields, soccer is huge. They're asking for lacrosse fields and even a swimming pool," said Meadows of resident wants.

Before that comes into play, she said the land issue must be sorted out.  Walton County is reaching out to local land owners.

"If you have a piece of property that is 25 or above acres and it's uplands mostly and it has access on a paved road, we're asking if you want to sell it to bring it forward to us and we'll take a look at it and see if it's a candidate that we're interested in buying for the sports complex," said Meadows.

Interested sellers are encouraged to attend a special workshop about the sports complex this Thursday at 5pm at the South Walton Courthouse Annex off US Highway 331.