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Carolina Beach one step closer to community pool

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) –- Carolina Beach is one step closer to getting a community swimming pool. Town Council voted Tuesday night to approve the community pool pending it fitting into the town’s annual budget.

Most of the people that attended Tuesday night’s meeting seemed excited about the idea moving forward but not everyone thought it was in the town’s best interest.

"This is something that begins to cross the line and something I think needs to be scrutinized more,” said Darren Alkins, a Carolina Beach resident.

Alkins is concerned about public money paying for the pool.

“I need to see the numbers first, and tonight we saw a marketing presentation,” Alkins said.

Carolina Beach’s Ad-Hoc Aquatic’s Committee presented its findings of the feasibility of building the swimming pool during the meeting. The Committee recommended Town Council move forward with plans to build the pool.

“It's a need at this point,” said John Pellizzari, Ashley High School’s swim coach.

Pellizzari says the facilities in the county are over used and having a controlled environment to teach kids to swim would be beneficial to the community.

"It's nice to have the ocean but you can't control the ocean. In a pool environment, you can control the pool environment. You can see, you can teach, you can walk you can stand," said Pellizzari.

Town Council voted 5-0 in favor of moving forward with the next step of planning for a community pool. They will now crunch numbers and see if a pool fits in with the budget.

The Ad-Hoc Aquatic’s Committee says that 55 percent of Carolina Beach residents are in favor of the plan.

Mayor Bob Lewis says it will be months before the town officially decides whether they will build the pool.

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POOL No Way

Certainly, the Great Recession has drained city budgets across the country; it also has drained public pools for good. Good financial management is vital to the success of all organizations. The Township council needs to take the first step when thinking about spending taxes payers’ money. When spending our tax dollars, ask yourself whether you actually need it? if you are going to use it?, if you just want it? I can answer all three with a NO!

Here are several facts to support my decision, which the council must also consider.
1. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), every year nearly 300 small children and toddlers drown in swimming pools.
2. The Town of Carolina Beach has infrastructure evaluations underway. The purpose of this evaluation is to help identify problem areas and assist in establishing rehabilitation priorities for our wastewater infrastructure.
3. This pool would drain the budget as it has many other City pools.
4. With the retirement of two Police K9’s money could be spent on training and obtaining new K9’s.
5. The Anderson Swim Club (South Carolina) spends $10,000 a month on insurance, operations, and maintenance.
6. In Grand Traverse County, Mich., the only public pool for the county's 87,000 residents lost $244,000 last year.
7. Along with maintenance costs, as a taxpayer I worry about the township’s liability, possible lawsuits if someone were hurt or drowned, and the burden a municipal pool would put on the staff.
8. On March 21, 2014, President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 into law. According to FEMA and Biggert- Waters Act of 2012, CAROLINA BEACH HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE WILL INCREASE BY 35%

Efficient and effective service delivery must be the focus of Carolina Beach Counsel, both in budgeting planning. When we are in this kind of economy and we are trying to prioritize our dollars, why would we keep spending money on a swimming pool?

Town pool

I live in NY but I own a home in Carolina Beach. I already have a pool in my community as do many residents. Some do not, so I see the appeal for the pool but why should half the town support a pool they will not use? In addition, the liability and the cost is not a priority when there are so many other public needs that are more important.

All for it - CB Residents Only

I am all for the community pool in Carolina Beach. But it needs to be for Carolina Beach residents only. No Wilmington residents and no tourist. Tourist come to go to the beach, most rental units have pools. People who live in town (Wilmington area) can use their own pools.

We don't need outsiders coming into our pool trashing it (like they do the north end).

I am all for the pool but for CB residents only!

If it's going to be for town residents only, their needs to be a vote for town residents if they want to pay for it. (Similar to the baseball stadium). If the residents of CB don't want to pay for it and Town of CB doesn't want to pay for it then call off the idea.

As per your post on 4/2/13 ........

You're such an excellent driver and tailgater; why don't you just tailgate any outsiders and drive them out of town?

Problem solved!

hold your horses

Slow down. I have lived in the Cape for almost 9 years and consider myself more a apart of CB than Wilmington or New Hanover county. I try to spend all my money on the island than in monkey junction. Example, I go to Ace hardware instead of Lowes even though it is more expensive. All 3 of my children have gone to CB elementary. Just charge us more money just like at the Rec Center does for memberships. My children have many friends that live on the island and would want to meet their friends at the pool. I have volunteered over 7 years of coaching for the town of CB and probably should have an opportunity to go to your precious pool.

Pool......

In a town surrounded by an ocean.
The coach at Ashley did make a point though. The pools are over used.
Perhaps we need to eliminate college swim and dive teams which would then trickle down to high schools where they would have to say why bother?
I wonder what I missed in high school. Baseball and football were "it" for competitive sports. Woman's sports? Oh boy - you were either a cheerleader or taking home ec in those days.
A swimming team? I don't recall ever seeing a swim team in my local area. Hockey came much MUCH later.

But we go back to this pool. If needed charge for it's use. You could cut the rate for Ashley practices I suppose but charge admission to defray costs. Offer swimming classes but charge for them.
Why must CB foot the bill ? I'm sure they're "drowning" in funding requests already.

Vog

“It's a need at this point,”

... " said John Pellizzari, Ashley High School’s swim coach"

Gee, that comment might be just a tad self-serving John.

re; "It's a need at this point,"

Have you ever met an educator who didn't know the difference between a "need" and a "want"?