City needs details before it OKs football program

Published 7:00 am Saturday, January 9, 2016

Earlier this week, the Item reported on the possible formation of a semi-pro adult football team, the Picayune Predators.
However, while city officials said they like the idea of the league, there are still many steps founder Alex Hughes needs to take in order for an agreement to be reached, with regards to the team’s usage of Friendship Park.
Picayune Parks and Recreation Director Trevor Adam said he was approached by Hughes in October 2015 and has met with him several times.
“There are three items we need from Hughes before we can proceed and take it before city council,” Adam said. “He needs to present a business plan, proof of insurance and a plan of action, which includes how he plans on paying for things.”
Friday, Hughes said he is still working on a business plan and hasn’t worked out a deal with the city as of yet.
“I talked with Trevor Adam and am hoping to have some sort of deal hammered out by the end of May,” Hughes said. “I still have to get the insurance. But the community interest is definitely there. I’ve received many calls about the team.”
Adam said the city is not trying to discourage the idea of a semi-pro adult football team here, but said the city needs more information.
“We’re just trying to look out for the residents and people of Picayune,” Adam said. “We just want to make sure he has everything we ask for before sitting down with the city council and mayor.”

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