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New pool, other amenities on the way for Lake Worth Beach

'I've always been a proponent of the pool,' resident says
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Posted at 10:47 PM, Nov 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-09 00:03:31-05

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — What's old in soon-to-be-new on Lake Worth Beach.

"I've always been a proponent of the pool," one resident said.

It's clear what residents want at the former municipal pool complex in Lake Worth Beach.

"The bottom line of it is, let's get a pool," another resident said.

Monday night's commissioner workshop is all about moving that idea forward.

In 2017, when it closed, the pool was losing money and facing costly repairs. Mayor Betty Resch said it didn't help that many people didn't even know there was a pool just yards from the beach.

"They were never open at night, they would never have the hours posted or how much it cost to get in," she said. "It was like a hidden jewel, but they hid it a little too well."

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The idea now is to open things up and these two renderings range from a splash pad, an open plaza tiki bar to a zero-entry pool, and a glass wall facing the ocean.

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"What we're envisioning is to have a balance between a resort-kind-of-destination and a family friendly place to go," Resch said.

When it came time to put out an invitation to developers, things got a bit contentious.

"We have an invitation to negotiate what we want and what they want and so that's a 30-day process," Commissioner Herman Robinson said.

Resch was quick to respond.

"So you're arguing for 30 days," she said. "That's a detail. I see another light on."

In the end, commissioners decided to review a previous invitation to negotiate. They will meet again in December to discuss any changes and then send it out. They're hoping to get proposals in by January.