Dunedin Pool Should Stay Open - Foresight Could Have Saved Our Pool
I just read Carolyn Willey's letter regarding the closing of Dunedin's Highlander Pool starting this Oct.1 until April of 2010. I cannot believe that the city manager couldn't come up with some alternative to closing the only municipal pool we have.
The city should have had the foresight and followed the economic trends before accepting funds and grants to fund the Dunedin Community Center, Martin Luther King Center and the Hale Center on such a large scale. The maintenance costs alone must be way out of sight. With the money saved by having smaller buildings they could have built a completely new state-of-the-art enclosed pool.
The people that are going to suffer as a result of this are mostly working-class families that rely on low-cost recreation and those that need the wonderful physical therapy that water exercise provides.
Dunedin touts itself as being on the cutting edge but when it comes to practicalities, prioritizing, and thoughtful planning, they definitely miss the mark.
- Karen Weibel Burton, Dunedin
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