Newberry Begins Search for New Manager of Troubled Baseball Complex
Published May 15th, 2014
NEWBERRY, Fla. -- After the man who sold city leaders on building Nations Park pulled out last week, Newberry City Commissioners took the first steps towards finding a new manager for the troubled youth baseball complex.
During a special meeting Wednesday night, commissioners unanimously voted to begin issuing a request for proposals to contract with a new manager of the park.
The move comes one week after the facility's original owner -- Lou Presutti -- notified the city he would back out of his contractual duties to run the park and attract tournaments to the area.
City leaders seem hopeful a new manager will be the key to the ballpark's turnaround.
"Coach Lou Presutti and the city is at a crossroads," said Commissioner Tim Marden. "We're kind of looking at amicably parting ways."
"We've got lots of teams that love to play there, but we need a management team to attract the teams and to market the facility," said Newberry Mayor Bill Conrad.
Nations Ballpark opened in March of last year. Under the park's contract, city leaders were hoping it would host at least 12 tournaments a year -- they had less than half that number last year.
Until a new management firm can be found, the Elite Pro Baseball Academy -- which is based in Newberry -- will manage the facility through Jan. 1.
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