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Tennis courts behind Tommie Barfield

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 Brigette Skitter has been working with other tennis players to keep the two public tennis courts behind Tommie Barfield Elementary School open. She and others have emailed and written to city and county schools district officials, with no favorable result.

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Brigette Skitter has been working with other tennis players to keep the two public tennis courts behind Tommie Barfield Elementary School open. She and others have emailed and written to city and county schools district officials, with no favorable result.

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  • This sign in front of the tennis courts at Tommie Barfield informs the community that the courts will be closed on Saturday. Tennis players, some who have played on the courts for 20 years, have tried to keep the courts open by appealing to Marco Island city staff.
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Tennis players who have met five days a week to play informal tennis behind the courts at Tommie Barfield, for some for 20 years, may have played their last  game today (Friday). Due to an estimated $10,000 cost to resurface the courts the Marco City Council voted to opt out of a portion of a maintenance agreement dealing with maintaining the courts, owned by the county schools district.
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 The condition of the tennis courts behind Tommie Barfeild Elemnentary School have  caused them to be closed.  When the Marco City Council learned that the cost to resurface the courts was expected to be $10,000, it opted to change its interlocal agreement with the county schools district. The agreement had indicated that the city would maintain the courts. The county has chosen to close the courts on Saturday, paving over the property for other school purposes.
  • Roger Lalonde Staff 
 Billie Leach stretches for a return as she and friends play tennis at the courts behind Tommie Barfield on Thursday. The group, and community, have been by informed  by a sign in front of the courts that the courts will be closed on Saturday. Tennis players, some who have played on the courts for 20 years, have tried to keep the courts open by appealing to Marco Island city staff.
  • Roger LaLonde Staff 
 This sign in front to the tennis courts at Tommie Barfield informs the community that the courts will be closed on Saturday. Tennis players, some who have played on the courts for 20 years, have tried to keep the courts open by appealing to Marco Island city staff.
  • Roger LaLonde Staff 
 Brigette Skitter has been working with other tennis players to keep the two public tennis courts behind Tommie Barfield Elementary School open. She and others have emailed and written to city and county schools district officials, with no favorable result.

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