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Gulf County Hopes Adding One Cent to Bed Tax Will Help Build "Field of Dreams"

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Frank Brown sports complex brings in tens of thousands of visitors a year to Panama City Beach and creates an estimated $35 million in revenue.
Now Gulf county is hoping to get a piece of the pie as they eye a project to build a sports complex along the Forgotten Coast that will be remembered come tournament time.  

Wednesday a joint special meeting with city and county commissioners in Gulf County was held to go over big budget items. Both Port St. Joe and Gulf County officials are excited about this project and it's been in the works for almost 10 years.  

Ironically enough the land is at the end of the road named Field of Dreams in Gulf County. But, county and city commissioners are hoping to bring that dream to reality. The property is uncharted territory and is right across the way from Gulf Coast State College.  

At Wednesday's meeting County Commissioner Warren Yager suggested adding one cent onto the Tourist Development Council's bed tax. An estimate is that the additional one cent would bring about $250 to $300 thousand dollars a year to help fund the project.  

"That's our goal," said County Commission Chair Ward McDaniel. "To give people the opportunity to come down and visit our beaches spend their vacations and we will have these facilities available for them."

"It's a beautiful place here and I would love to utilize the sports end of it," said Port St. Joe Commissioner William Thursbay. "I'd like to get this park going and give something back to our children and to give something to our community that we can all enjoy." 

Elected officials are hoping to include softball and baseball fields, but also multi-use fields to the complex. Ones that can be used for football, soccer, and even lacrosse.