Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Question: For some, why is it so crucially important to keep a pool open at the Beach? At any cost?

Or is a pool at the Beach “a white elephant whose time has passed”? A City resident back in 2010 had some thoughts about the pool:

Another question: Would the kerfuffle about the pool just be a wedge issue (distraction) from other crucial issues, e.g., our crumbling streets and potholes? Something to think about.

Remember, to keep the pool open will require spending 2–4M+ of taxpayer money that could be used for sidewalks, potholes, and public safety.

Question: If it’s true a pool at the Beach is absolutely necessary then why did a previous administration in Lake Worth close it down in 2010 and put all their focus on a shiny new Casino right next door while ignoring the pool all along?

In 2010 the “precious pool” at the Beach was shut down. JoAnn Golden was a commissioner in the City then and so was current Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD. Our precious pool, you see, wasn’t making enough money to stay open!

Ironically, after the new majority was swept into office in 2012,* Commissioner McVoy and the former elected’s who closed the pool back in 2010 then said the pool was so important to the community it had to reopen, and stay open, at any cost.

What changed other than a new City Commission majority taking over in 2012? Which begs the question: If the pool was such a precious amenity why was it closed in 2010?

*The present City Commission majority swept into office in 2012 is Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and Commissioner Andy Amorsoso.