ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The brand-new pool at the Willie Galimore Center in St. Augustine is ready to open.
"It's exciting," Judith Seraphin said, "We are loving it."
Seraphin works and lives in the Lincolnville neighborhood near downtown St. Augustine.
"We have a lot of things happening but there's still a lot to be done," she said. She is also the neighborhood association president, but she never swam in the old pool.
"I kind of looked at it and just ... " she shook her head.
Swim teams often used to practice there, but the health department eventually shut down the former pool and St. Johns County closed it in 2009.
Jim Piggot with the City of St. Augustine said the county "couldn't afford to make all the adjustment and changes to the pool to get it operational again."
With no lifesaver in sight, St. Johns County gave it back to the City of St. Augustine with $400,000 last year.