As I have said before, the Destin pool is a community asset, benefiting multiple segments of the population and groups from schools to senior fitness groups to the Beach Safety professionals. I am so certain of its potential and need to be kept open, that I spoke loudly in favor of the city maintaining the facility and keeping it open through the bankruptcy process.
However, despite our greatest efforts, the pool is falling into disrepair- a potentially fatal problem. The water has drained several feet, leading the pool itself (the "tank") to become lighter. As a result, the ground below it (due to our high water table) has started pushing the pool up. This is evident in the buckling of the pavement on the pool deck. Once the pool lifts to a certain point, it can and will crack- a significantly expensive problem to repair that could essentially serve to destroy the entire value of the asset.
This pool is the centerpiece of the Destin Y- essentially its sole purpose for existence. Therefore, it is its main asset- an asset that should be protected to maintain the value of the investment. Such neglect (all it would take is running a hose and filling it with water!) is worrisome and highly frustrating, especially in light of the fact that so many people have come forward with offers to care for it and see it remains open.
It is my fervent wish that the trustee protect the asset, not just because she should, but because it is the right thing to do. If it does fall in to disrepair and becomes a worthless hole in the ground, the ramifications will be felt across the city and region. Do you want our aspiring swimmers to give up on their sport because they have nowhere to practice? What about our Destin Fire Control District- Beach Safety Division? How safe are you going to feel next season knowing that these men and women have not been able to train and stay in top swimming shape to go out and save lives on our beaches?
Please: do what's right- for the sake of our community.