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Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- One player emerges with the ball from a dog pile of teammates at the Coquille Parks & Recreation Complex in the season opener in 2014.

Voters on Saturday approved a 2.15-mill tax to keep the street lights burning in St. Tammany Lighting District No. 6 and also approved a $7.8 million bond issue for Coquille Park.

It was the third try for the lighting district, which runs from the eastern side of Mandeville to Lacombe. If the issue had failed again, the district would have run out of money by next October, parish officials said.

The millage generates about $90,000 annually and is used to install and replace streetlights and pay for their operation. 

St. Tammany Parish Recreation District 14, which operates Coquille Park, succeeded in getting voter approval of its bond issue, which narrowly failed last April on the same ballot that saw voters approve a millage renewal.

The bond issue will extend the park's millage by three years, Executive Director Richard Bentley-Smith said. The money will pay for additional parking, restrooms and a roadway to La. 1077.

Other plans for the park include new fields, a multi-purpose building, a waterfront area for kayaks, expansion of a pond for fishing, a rustic education area with a fire pit, and a dog park.

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