CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Those who live in Carolina Beach may soon have their own community swimming pool facility. Some folks are swimming in circles over the idea but others aren't ready to dive in just yet.
A large round of applause followed as Carolina Beach Town Council voted to move forward with plans to build a new swimming pool next to the Town's Recreation Center behind Town Hall.
The proposed facility would be built on land already owned by the Town of Carolina Beach.
The facility would include a 25 yard, 8 lane, NCAA sized pool.
Councilman Tom Bridges expressed concern with the cost of the pool because the town is currently working through its budget process.
The project could cost the town upwards of a $1 million pending it fits into the town's upcoming budget.
The pool would be open in the summer and would use a retractable dome enclosure in the winter for year-round use.
During the discussion, Councilman Steve Shuttleworth indicated his concern with parking problems.
Developers say they will expand an existing parking area between Seventh Street and Town Hall to accommodate for drivers.
John Pellizzari is a swimming coach at Ashley High School. Right now, his team has to share a pool with Hoggard High School. "There's a difference between wants and needs," said Pellizzari. "At this point we need a new facility."
But not everyone is on board. Darren Alkins wasn't impressed with the board's decision. "I believe in projects that are going to bring investors into the city and build our base of business," said Alkins. "But I need to see the numbers first."
Mayor Bob Lewis indicated the plans have not been finalized and it could take months until the town decides whether or not to build the pool.
Moving forward, town staff will complete the construction plans and obtain final loan bids to the board at the next town council meeting in May.
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