Springs asks state for $1 mil to make pool deeper

City officials want an improved pool to attract Olympic hopefuls – and they want the state to pay for it.

For the second year, Coral Springs is asking the Florida Legislature for $1 million to upgrade the pool at the aquatic complex.

The city wants it to be one foot deeper “to a condition befitting the world-class status of the athletes relying upon this facility,” said city spokeswoman Liz Kolodney. “When our flagship 50-meter competition pool was built in 1990, standards were a lot different than they are today.”

In addition, she said there are cracks causing leaks that need to be repaired.

Mayor Skip Campbell said he’s heading to Tallahassee at the end of the month to lobby for the funding.

Campbell said the facility attracts teams from around the world to train. And the only way to continue getting them here “is to comply with their standards.”

He said the state benefits because “it adds to our tourist dollars, adds to our job creation, adds to our ambience.”

lhuriash@sunsentinel.com or 954-572-2008

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-coral-springs-aquatic-center-20160108-story.html

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