Proposed $4 million sports complex at Audubon Park ‘Fly’ ignites differing opinions _lowres

Advocate staff photo by DELLA HASSELLE -- Members of Save The Fly held a protest and picnic on Feb. 14 to preserve the area Audubon Park.

Two Audubon Nature Institute board members will resign after questions surfaced about potential conflicts of interest regarding a proposed soccer complex on “The Fly” at Audubon Park, according to a report.

Last month, WWL reported that a contract for the soccer complex, which will not move forward, would have required alcohol to be purchased from Crescent Crown Distributing and to sell brands owned by Sazerac Co. “wherever possible.” Audubon board members Jeffrey Goldring and Paul Fine help run both companies.

“To avoid any further appearance of a conflict of interest, we are resigning any involvement with Audubon,” Goldring and Fine said in a statement provided to WWL.

The beverage requirement was ultimately removed from the proposed contract.

Last week, the man behind the project, John Payne, told WWL that the project is dead, saying it had become “just too divisive an issue.”

Read the full report from WWL-TV here.