Monday, May 29, 2017

Worth Another Look: “SAVE OUR POOL!” Or deal with that “white elephant” at the Beach once and for all?

Some questions:

  • Our City Commission knows they, “Can’t keep kicking the can down the road.” But will they? Like previous elected officials did in 2010–2012 when there was money to fix the pool.
  • The Lake Worth Beach is actually a “regional beach”. Should our electeds be asking, “How can we afford to keep the pool open?”, when so many that use the pool are not City residents?
  • Are there better options for the City than a pool at the Beach? An outside theater maybe? Sell tickets to concerts, plays, or movie night at the Beach?
  • When the pool was still open, do you remember taking your family or a group of friends to the pool? Or did $4 to park and the price ($4/adult and $2/child) seem a little steep?
  • Do you think another location in the City would be a better idea for a “community” pool?
  • What about “Engaging Youth to Create Community Spaces”?
  • What do Millennials want?
  • Time to seriously consider a parking garage that will actually make money and provide better access for the elderly and disabled?
People carrying pool noodles keep marching to City Hall and Commission meetings with the message “SAVE OUR POOL!”. But for you and your family, is the pool at the Beach really just a “white elephant whose time has passed”?

    Now for “Worth Another Look”:

    Who first came up with the words “white elephant” about the pool at the Beach? Find that out below.

    That same person wrote wrote these words:

    “There has been a lot of talk about turning Lake Worth’s liabilities back into assets . . . when it comes to the City Swimming Pool at the beach the Commissioners need to take a hard look at the economic realities of our pool and the national trend towards municipal aquatic parks.
         Stand alone ‘rectangular pools’ are a thing of the past . . . older municipal pools are being shut down, often replaced by aquatic parks that cater to whole families. No amount of ‘out of the box marketing’ can succeed in bringing people to a facility that is no longer viable in today’s recreation market.”

    Who said this and when? A recent comment or observations from several years ago? Take a few moments. Play the “Jeopardy Theme Song” if you need more time:

    The quotes above are from the inimitable Tom McGow, from the blog “Tom’s Page”, back in March of 2010. Seven (7) years later is it finally time to start a new conversation in our little City of Lake Worth? Or just keep on rehashing the same old arguments from yesteryear?

    Below is another quote from Mr. McGow:

    “The Olympic sized pool at the beach is a white elephant whose time has passed. Let’s view the entire beach property with 21st century eyes and stop clinging to the past and install features that will attract people and revenue.”

    Pay special attention to the comments in this blog post by Mr. McGow from people you may remember and know: Loretta Sharpe, Joanne Kelly, et al.

    Question: Would the pool at the Beach really be just a distraction from other crucial issues in our City? A “wedge issue”? Shouldn’t the big issue be our Casino complex with a solid business plan going into the future?

    How many who chant “Save Our Pool!” actually used the pool when it was open?


    Anonymous said...

    Oh my, it's like "groundhog day". Can't believe you are still struggling with this!

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.

    And if the pool is simply fixed again without changing it to attract today's customers, you all are quite insane.

    Tom McGow

    Anonymous said...

    The same people that call themselves 'progressives' are the ones who want to fight to the death to keep this outdated relic of the past and waste more money fixing junk on an ongoing basis than it would be for a modern facility.

    Those who argue for repairing the outdated facility show just how out of touch they are and how poor their analytical skills are. 20 people want the rest of the city to pay for what they want. The old argument that the pool is an amenity thereby it is ok to waste large sums of tax payer money is just plain stupid. How do these people figure out how to pay their bills each month with thinking like that?

    McGow's comment above is right. It doesn't take more than a couple of brain cells to figure out that updating the facility to appeal to a broader group has much better potential to increase revenue to at least break even and provide a superior amenity to more people.

    Russ said...

    Care to calculate how much money was pissed away keeping the noisiest voices from total hysteria?

    Fill it in and reconfigure the space as an extension of the upper parking lot, with lane provisions for commercial deliveries. Restaurant patrons will have an unrestricted ocean view again, and vendors will appreciate improved access.

    The area is large enough to accommodate more green space as well. A huge improvement on the terrible land use plan forced on us by the BCE.

    Now, about that unused second-floor...