Kleberg County Officials Close JK Coliseum Fields Due to Fire Ants

Kleberg County officials have made the decision to temporarily close the soccer fields near the JK Coliseum because of safety concerns over fire ants.

Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell went Live from Kingsville with a loot at why county officials made that decision.

There is a youth soccer game that is planned for this Saturday, but that could be put on hold. Kleberg County Judge Juan Escobar has closed the fields because of mounds filled with fire ants.

Employees with the Parks and Recreation Department made the discovery. The fields are used mainly for soccer games, but also for softball and football games as well.

The judge said that, because of all he rain, crews will have to wait for the fields to dry out before they can treat them for ants. It will cost the county $4,000-$6,000.

Judge Escobar said he made the decision to close the field after the recent tragedy of 13-year old Cameron Espinosa, who died after suffering a reaction to fire ants that bit him during a football game at Haas Middle School last week.


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