By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Lafayette County supervisors turned down a request Tuesday for a $1.5 million contribution from the county to build a $3 million tennis center at FNC Park in partnership with the city of Oxford.
An overflow crowd attended the meeting in support of the proposal. Spokesmen said the facility would ease overcrowded court schedules for local residents and high school teams and create new tourism revenues.
“The only thing that keeps us from bringing more profitable tournaments to Oxford is the lack of courts,” said David Heckel of the Oxford Community Tennis Association.
District 1 Supervisor Mike Pickens said most benefit would accrue to Oxford through its tourism tax.
Board President Lloyd Oliphant said the county has higher priorities for now.