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Updated: 08/20/2014 08:00:03AM

Park comeback relies on sales tax

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
Under a proposed a sales-tax project, the worn-out elements of an aging McGuire Park — tennis courts, playground, horseshoe pits, restrooms and parking lots — would be upgraded.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
Weeds currently grow through the cracks of the tennis courts, rendering them useless, at McGuire Park, 21125 McGuire Ave., in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
McGuire Park, in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte, needs funds from the penny sales tax to fix ailing equipment. Residents will decide whether to extend the tax for another six years in the General Election on Nov. 4.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — By all accounts, McGuire Park, listlessly tucked away in Parkside, has seen better days. The tennis courts no longer can be used, the parking lots are potholed and, in the past, criminal activity in the park reflected the larger blight of the neighborhood.

But a $1.15 million improvement plan, funded by an extension of the 1 percent local-option sales tax, could mark a significant turnaround for the park, and for the community.

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