Here’s a shout out to the hard-working and dedicated public servants of Brookings.

First, for installing lights at the Azalea Park ballfields. Not an easy or cheap improvement. But it is a wise investment and will pay untold future dividends with the added healthy recreation the lights provide.

The 15 light poles and assorted other materials and labor that make the lights a reality cost Brookings about $500,000. The money came from a $702,000 state grant. Your tax dollars at work and some mighty fine work at that.

And, we say cheers to Brookings City Council. Their recent decision to move forward and build a new and much-need real hall for public gatherings at Salmon Run golf course was needed.

It will cost $44,567. None of that money will mean new taxes. In fact, the project will be paid for with Transient Occupancy Taxes the city collects as a surcharge on hotel rooms.

The hall will replace a tent that has been ripped to shreds over the years by our infamous high winds and horizontal rains. The city has been turning down large gatherings and events that bring in cash because it doesn’t have a facility to host them.

The new building will be an added source of revenue and better this already vastly improved city attraction.

It’s no secret the golf course had fallen into a sad state of repair. Over the last two years, the city and the Early Management Team of Gary and Val Early have turned the 182-acre course into a jewel.

We say nice work and keep pushing forward to everyone responsible for these two superb improvements.

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Unsigned editorials represent the opinion of the Curry Coastal Pilot editorial board, whose members include Publisher Kim Fowler, Editor-in-Chief Robin Fornoff and Features Editor Bill Schlichting.

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