Seminole County now has 100 acres of land available to build a massive sports complex. County Chairman Bob Dallari says the county has looked for a site for 12 years and finally was able to put together a deal to buy land off Lake Mary Boulevard, just across from the Orlando Sanford International Airport.
"There's not that much vacant land that's really available out there," he said.
The county spent $7.4 million for the property, and they plan to build all types of ball fields on the site. The object will be attracting tourists that will be in tournaments for softball, baseball, lacrosse, and soccer. Dallari says this is the best way for Seminole County to use its tourist tax dollars.
"I mean what better way to put people into not just hotel rooms, to put people in restaurants, stores, put people in where it makes a difference, to actually spend money. People that are from outside our community, so that we can help our local citizens."
Total cost to build out the sports complex is estimated at $20 million, and that's why Dallari says they could not afford to use general revenue tax money to get this done.
"The dollars that we are using for this is from tourism, not from our residents, and I think that you'll be very surprised at the things that will be happening."
The county is also considering upgrades to Soldier's Creek Park to supplement those fields. They plan to vote on a financing plan for the fields and sports complex in June. Dallari says residents will be able to use the new fields when tournaments are not scheduled there.