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Foster wants to close four of nine pools in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mayor Bill Foster wants to close four of the nine city pools to save money, and convert most of the others into pay-to-play aquatic centers.

Foster says the city's pools are outdated, just basic rectangular pools that cost the St. Petersburg $1.5 million to operate each year. By closing some, and turning the rest into mini-water parks, the city should be able to break even with the revenue.

The only pool that won't be affected is North Shore Pool, which already has different aquatic features, including a play pool with a slide. Foster hasn't identified yet which pools will be closed and which would be upgraded. Read the full story here.

Michael Van Sickler, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:35pm]


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