Florida Parks Get Big Bucks

The grants are a big boost to rural communities. The sign is no longer standing, but the 10-year dream of a new sports complex remains.

Thanks to grant funding from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program, the state-of-the-art recreation center will come to life.

Daryll T. Gunter, chairman of the Taylor County Commission, says, "This was a good boost for us today and for the youth of the county because that's what the whole complex is centered around, our youth."

State Rep. Will Kendrick and a representative for Sen. Nancy Argenziano presented the Taylor County Commission with two checks, one for $200,000 to construct phase one of the sports complex; the other for $150,000 will be used for a new park in Keaton Beach.

Melody Cox, grant writer in Taylor County, says, "Hodges Park is a very fun project for us. The playground equipment will have a coastal, boat look to it. We have some equipment we're getting that's fish and just a coastal atmosphere. It's salt-water resistant; it's also storm resistant."

Rep. Will Kendrick, (D) Carrabelle, says, "We had over $43 million appropriated this year. This is one of the many stops I've made in the counties I have. District 10 was fortunate enough to gander of the $43 million; we were able to secure over $6 million for the counties in District 10."

Commissioner Gunter says the grant money will go a long way to help the community grow.

Also receiving FRDAP grants this week, Madison County and several cities there with a combined total of $325,000 and Wakulla County's St. Marks with $400,000.