When members of the West Volusia Senior Softball League return to Deltona's Dupont Lake Park for Monday's season opener, they'll be greeted by a "for sale" sign.
League commissioner Walt Weiss said he knew the city was open to selling the land where the league has played since the late 1980s, but he didn't know they were actively seeking a buyer.
"We had talked to the mayor and they said they wouldn't sell until they got some place where we could play and build a complex and stuff, so I don't know really what's going on right now," Weiss said.
Mayor John Masiarczyk said it would be "ridiculous" to take the ball field away from the league without finding another place to hold games. He said the league will have new lighted fields to play on, but he can't guarantee they will be ready before the land is sold.
"To be able to stick by our promise so to speak we're already working now to be able to find additional fields in the community," Masiarczyk said. "Those fields could be used to supplement what we currently have and also they'd be available to move them to if we were to sell the land."
City commissioners have listed the land—which they consider prime commercial property—for $1.2 million. Masiarczyk said new fields could be built for about half that price.
"The idea was to maximize the commercial area and utilize it for commercial which would put it back on the tax rolls and bring in a lot of income to the city," he said.
About 70 people over the age of 60 play in the senior softball league.