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Gulf Breeze tennis courts costing up to $200,000 for repairs

GULF BREEZE, Fla. - It will cost the city of Gulf Breeze nearly $200,000 to fix-up the tennis courts at the Shoreline Community Center.

Four of the Center's Ten Courts were badly damaged during the flood, but all of them may need to be replaced.

The City Council discussed the issue at Monday night's meeting and a vote is expected Monday.

City Manager Buz Eddy says the city had the engineers take a look at the courts after the flood.

"The engineers say the base is questionable," Eddy said. "On four of the ten courts, you can see surface defects.  They are not exactly pot holes, but there's a places you wouldn't want to step on and drag your feet across to hit a tennis ball. It's the kind of thing that could cause you to trip and fall."

For now, much of the tennis action has shifted to the courts at Gulf Breeze High School.  Mike Rodgerson dropped off his son to a tennis clinic for 9- and 10-year-old kids.  The clinic would normally be taking place at the Community Center

"We didn't think there was going to be tennis this summer," Rodgerson said. "Then we heard the high school was going to let the city use the courts here, which is great.

Michelle Van Camp says she's part of a large tennis community in gulf breeze and would like to see tennis back at the community center.

"It's really disappointing, especially after they got done doing the renovation and everybody waited so long to see it finished," she said

Eddy says the city could qualify for FEMA money to fix-up the tennis courts.  But if it doesn't he still recommends the city spend capital fund reserves to get the court's back in shape.

He says $200,000 dollars maybe sound like a lot, but believes its money that's going to be well-spent.

"Asphalt surface with a coating, striping fencing they'll last 25 years," he said. "So when you amortize 200 thousand over 10 courts for 25 years, it's not really that much.