Monday, November 13, 2017

So. You want a brand new Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Lake Worth Beach?

Just one question: “Whose essential City services are you willing to sacrifice?”

“[T]o subsidize what’s happening at the Beach is repugnant to me on many levels.”
—Quote. Lake Worth Commissioner Omari Hardy from Budget Workshop, July 11th (see entire
quote below).

We know. . .

  • A new 50-M lap pool at the Lake Worth Beach and Casino complex will need to be subsidized using City taxes. 
  • Why subsidize a new pool when so many of the people who will be using it are not even Lake Worth residents?
  • Most of the people who say they want a new pool didnt even use the former pool at the Beach when it was open. 
  • When the next recession hits, and it will, we’ll be left with a pool the City will not be able to maintain. Back to square one. . .
  • Our City can have a pool for the public — for swimming lessons, lap swimming, and exercise — in any number of locations in the City.
  • A  pool at the Beach, we know, is an amenity that will never make a profit or even break even (budget neutral).
  • If a new pool at the Beach is constructed, it will continue on the failed business model from back in 2010.
  • However, a small aquatic complex would be an attraction for visitors and tourists (fewer lifeguards, less maintenance).

The entire quote from Commissioner Hardy:

“When this line [Hardy referencing Beach Fund graph] gets to zero in Fiscal Year 2018 that means we’re taking money out of the General Fund. As far as I understand, it’s not like we have a lot of money from the General Fund to spare.
     For me, the idea of taking any money out of the General Fund when we’re barely able to afford the services we’re providing for our residents right now, and when we need to fund additional services, and we’re unable to do that, the idea of taking money out of the General Fund to subsidize what’s happening at the Beach is repugnant to me on many levels.
     I don’t think that we should ever allow ourselves to get to that point, and if we do, we need to make hard decisions about what’s important and what’s not.”

Think this comment is hard-hitting? Then click on this link for another quote by Commissioner Omari Hardy from a Budget Workshop.

Have thoughts on this issue?
Use this link to contact your “Mayor
and Commissioners”.

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