Despite weather, dozens show for Stuart Sailfish Splash Waterpark grand opening

STUART, Fla. -- Despite gloomy weather, dozens came to the grand opening this weekend at Sailfish Splash Waterpark. 

It's a new home for big kids and little ones, no matter how good of a swimmer you are.

At Martin County's new Sailfish Splash Waterpark, the fast slides are most visible from the outside, but many enjoy the lazy river as well as the play area for kids.

Scott Sincerbeau has brought his 4-year-old grandson Clint four times and each time he's barely left the kids play area.

"(The play area) is amazing," Sincerbeau said. "I thought since he's been on big slides before he'd be there but he hasn't even attempted to do that because he's had so much fun here."

Sincerbeau is one of 9,100 people park worker Craig Anderson said has bought season passes for the inaugural year.

"Oh, I was one of the first ones to sign up for the annual pass," Anderson said.

In their grand opening weekend weather has slowed crowds, but season pass sales have helped keep things afloat financially, Anderson said.  

"With the season pass sales we've covered just about 29 percent of what we anticipate to be the operating  budget," Anderson said.

Anderson said they also have two pools on the other side of the park they've already booked to have a few swim meets.

He hopes in the future they can host a state high school championship meet to bring in tourism dollars into Martin County.

"I think this whole area was one of the biggest booming cities for the state and then it kind of died," Shannon McCool said. "Now there's great things coming back to help with jobs."

Anderson said 136 jobs were created to build the park and they expect about 45 to be staffed when the park is at full capacity. 

"If we have a really bright sunny day we're gong to have a lot of people coming out," Anderson said. "We just haven't had one or hit our peak yet."

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