City behind on tennis court improvements, why?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In 2012 the City of Jacksonville closed the asphalt tennis courts in the San Marco area because they were deemed unsafe.

"The asphalt is cracking and they're risky," said Lori Boyer.

The courts are in Boyer's city council district. She is disappointed with the city's approach in getting this resolved.

"I've been trying to push the issue now for at least two years," she said.

Boyer is frustrated and there is good reason. She said funding for the repairs were approved two years ago.

"Why is it taking so long?" she asked.

Boyer has written email after email asking for a timeline.

"The constituents are constantly calling and looking to us saying why isn't this done, what ever this is," she said.

The are six tennis courts in need of repair and now that they're closed, Boyer said that means the children can't use them another Summer.

"When the kids are out of school the tend to use the asphalt courts which are free," she said.

Boyer said yes there has been personnel changes in the city's Parks and Recreation Department but this project was funded two years ago, so there should be no excuse.

"It is too long for something that is not that complicated," said Boyer. "If we were building an interstate bridge, you can understand that it takes two years to get something like that done."

But she said we are talking about tennis courts; asphalt courts.

We contacted the city's parks and recreation and Pam Wilson-Roman said it is a public works issue and she will get back to us, she did not.


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