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Harvey Campbell Dreamed of a Field of Dreams, A Miracle Field Where all Children Can Play
"I am making it a priority," County Manager Dale Williams

Posted June 06, 2014  07:55 am

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL –  The sudden passing of long time Columbia County Tourist Development Director, Harvey Campbell, will not end his dream of a Field of Dreams, an ADA Miracle Field, where all children can play. In 2011, Hotel Owner Nick Patel brought up Mr. Campbell's dormant idea of a Miracle Field to the Tourist Development Council. While the County 5 earmarked millions to the Southside Sports Complex, it didn't consider ten cents to implement Mr. Campbell's ADA accessible Field of Dreams where all children could play.

Harvey Campbell (right) with hotel owner Nick Patel at City Hall in February.

This Wednesday, with the County 5 about to spend more millions on the Bascom Norris Bypass to Nowhere, and about to continue the county gas tax until 2026, your reporter was thinking about calling the now retired Campbell for an update on the Miracle Field when he received a call from Campbell's long time assistant, Paulette Lord, that he had died suddenly of a heart attack on Wednesday morning.

Last night, at the meeting of The 5, your reporter told them that over the years there wasn't one time in conversation that the Field of Dreams wasn't mentioned by Mr. Campbell.

Links:
 • County Commission Rules: Handicapped can wait. Field of Dreams put on hold again (2/22/2013)

 • County Commission Has Residents on the Run: $$$ Millions of improvements leave out ADA Miracle Field - Meeting Tonight (1/15/2013)

 • Columbia County – Will it build a Miracle Field where all the children can play? (11/21/2011)

 • Pop Warner Football scores a $10,000 touchdown as County funds tighten (4/23/2011)

The 5 didn't say one word.

The soft spoken Campbell always told your reporter, "I'm not giving up."

After the conclusion of last night's meeting your reporter asked County Manager Dale Williams, "What can you tell me about Harvey's field?"

The County Manager thought for a moment, "I'm going to make it a priority," he said.

It looks like Harvey Campbell's dream of a Miracle Field where all children can play is going to come true.

Rest in peace Harvey, you are going to be missed.

 

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