Contract concerns for local athletic associations

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new contract between the City of Jacksonville and area athletic associations is raising eyebrows.

In question, a clause that requires the associations to pay for lighting and security.

"No way, no way we can do it, can never afford that," said Bryan Van Duyn, the President of the Mandarin Athletic Association..

The contract says the estimate is $14 an hour. Duyn said that may not seem like a lot, but adding up the hours in all his eight parks comes to a bill of almost $1,700 a week.

"I can't sign a contract for something I know we can't afford," he said.

There is good news for Van Duyn, and other presidents. A spokeswoman for the Parks and Recreation Department tells First Coast News they're asking for the help because it's the association that's using the lights.

They told First Coast News they're working with associations to come up with a percentage that is workable for Parks and Rec and the association.


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