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FWB city may take ownership of BMX park


Big changes could be coming for a BMX/Skate park in Fort Walton Beach. Emerald Coast Dirt and Vert is on city property, but it's been operated by a private contractor since 2001.

With a new multi-million dollar recreational complex now under construction, the City Council will consider letting the lease with Dirt and Vert expire at the end of this year. Staffers are proposing the city take over management of the park, which is adjacent to the new recreational complex.

The city proposal includes totally revamping the park with new facilities, and putting it under city management. Staffers say Dirt and Vert has been cited several times for safety problems, and while they were repaired each time, it indicates the overall condition of the park is in "dire need of upgrading".

The council meets tonight at 6pm.