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Hunt on for Zephyrhills library, water park sites

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City officials are looking at several properties in and around downtown to consider locating a new library and interactive water park.

The city is eligible for grant money to help with land purchases or building improvements, but it is under a deadline to apply. City Council members will meet at 6 p.m. today to discuss options.

Among the locations being considered:

+ A half-block lot near Zephyr Park. The lot is for sale and has two buildings on it that would probably be torn down.

+ A parcel behind the current library on Eighth Street that the city bought last year. A library there would probably have to be multistory.

+ A 4,800-square-foot retail shop on Fifth Avenue. The owner of Shirts and Caps has said he is open to selling.

The city has a commitment from the Rotary Club of Zephyrhills Daybreak to contribute about $50,000 for the water park. The parks, which have become trendy in cities trying to revitalize their downtowns, are walkable attractions of varying sizes with fountains that shoot water in elaborate displays.