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St. Augustine Accepts Money for Galimore Pool
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St. Augustine Accepts Money for Galimore Pool

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - City commissioners voted unanimously Monday to accept $400,000 from St. Johns County and in exchange, take over management of the Galimore Center.

The county signed an interlocal agreement in 2002 to run both the pool and the community center for ten years. 

But in 2009, the pool was closed by the health department because of unsuitable conditions, including cracked tiles and a worn finish. 

County administrators decided to cancel their agreement with St. Augustine because of budget concerns effective October 2011.

"Because this was an obligation that was expiring, the county felt that it was best not to recommit ourselves to the ongoing expense of operating the pool," explained Karen Pan, county spokeswoman.

Now commissioners must decide what to do with the property. 

According to St. Augustine General Services Director, Jim Piggott, the pool will cost about $230,000 to fix.  The remaining money from the county will only be enough to operate the pool for four to five months.

"That's the predicament that the city's in," said Piggott.  "If we do rehabilitate the pool, where are we going to find the money to operate the pool for the following years down the road?"

Piggott estimated it will require about $200,000 each year to keep the pool running. 

Piggott said the city will look at other uses for the property, including a farmer's market or park. 

The $400,000 St. Johns County will pay the city will be from its General Fund Reserves. 

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