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Parents raising money for covers over Delray Beach Little League bleachers

DELRAY BEACH - Parents of little league baseball players in Delray Beach want to watch a game more comfortably.

They've started raising money to buy and install covers for the bleachers at Miller Park because the city hasn't budgeted for it.

Charlie Cobb spends almost more time on the baseball field than at home.

"With my son and daughter in two divisions, I'm here [a lot]," he admits.

Cobb is a coach and president of Delray Beach National Little League. He says the fields in Delray Beach are practically professional, but he'd like to change one thing: the bleachers aren't covered. And the south Florida sun can be a scorcher.

We found out first hand. Using a patio thermometer, we sat in the shaded dugout for ten minutes. The thermometer read 98 degrees. After 10 minutes on the bleachers, under the sun, the thermometer showed 112 degrees. 

"Chances are I would probably see no one sitting in the bleachers," Cobb says.

He explains during most day games, spectators set up tents and bring coolers to stay cool.

They've waited for the city to fund covers for the bleachers, but it hasn't been in the budget.

"We understand where we sit in the priorities, so that's why we decided to try and minimize the costs to the city," Cobb explains.

The leagues launched a gofundme.com account and is applying for grants, hoping to reach the $90,000 needed to get covers on three fields.

The city says it's working with the league to find ways to make the process cheaper. The mayor says he encourages private fundraising to help cover some city projects and is looking into this specific case.

The city's park and recreation director says putting covers over bleachers is a newer trend and is something the city hasn't had on its radar.

Cobb hopes this process teaches the players a lesson outside of baseball.

"They'll learn if you put your mind to something, and you keep at it, and you get creative, and you try to get around road blocks, you can accomplish anything you want," Cobb says. 

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