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Town courts pickleball expansion

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

The Town of Longboat Key appears on the cusp of furthering its pickle ball offerings.

At a May 20 Workshop, the Town Commission will hear a report and feasibility study showing that for about $100,000 four pickleball courts can be built at the Public Tennis Center property.

Last year, the Longboat Key pickleball community reached out to the commission and the Town Manager was tasked with studying the cost and feasibility of adding four pickleball courts to the area between the Longboat Library and four existing tennis courts on the north side of Bay Isles Road across the street from the post office.

Town Staff sent out a survey to the Tennis Center membership to gauge their level of support and identify concerns. The main issue was the fear of noise and disruption created by pickleball and its impact on the concerntration necessary for tennis.

The Town hired George F. Young to create a final concept plan and probable costs. Through these meetings it was determined that placing the future courts would be least impactful if they were constructed on the existing shell parking lot.

Parking for the tennis and future pickleball would be relocated and available behind the Longboat Library as well as in the grass area between the Library and the tennis courts.

George F. Young estimated it would cost about $22,000 for the earthwork and the creation of the parking area. The second total came to $75,950 and that was to perform the earthwork, build the courts, and build the sidewalk connections.

Staff recommends spending an additional $16,000 to install exterior sound blankets and acoustical fencing to dampen the noise from residences as well as tennis players.

Town Staff will gauge the commission’s interest in proceeding as well how much financial contribution is expected through fundraising or members of the Tennis Center.

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