City to repair East Tampa pool
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08/04/11 Lisa Marzilli & Seán Kinane
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.


photo by Kate Bradshaw/WMNF (March 2011)

After receiving criticism of City Hall from neighborhood residents and Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has given the go ahead to repair the Williams Park Pool in East Tampa.

The pool was closed by the city three years ago, along with two others that did not meet a federal anti-drowning law that requires drain covers.

The city reopened the Interbay Pool in South Tampa, but Williams Park Pool is still closed, prompting some neighobors to levy charges of discrimination. It also prompted City Councilmember Frank Reddick, whose district includes the pool, to threaten to vote against the proposed city budget.

During Thursday's meeting of Tampa City Council, the city's recreation administor, Santiago Corrada, confirmed the pool will be fixed at a cost of about $1.2 million.

The City budget includes $6.5 million for aquatics, but Buckhorn said several pools are competing for the same funds. He said the construction would be paid for through community investment tax revenue.

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