Lake Worth Beach city commission will wait to discuss municipal pool

Lake Worth Beach city commission will wait to discuss municipal pool

LAKE WORTH BEACH — After years of discussions, workshops, public meetings and no swimming in Lake Worth Beach’s long-shuttered municipal pool, the city commission decided on Tuesday to… wait some more.

The five-person board is in agreement that the pool, located a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean at the city’s beach complex, must reopen after being closed since 2016.

But how to get there is a matter of opinion.

Commissioners convened Tuesday for a special meeting scheduled to finish drafting an “invitation to negotiate,”  a procurement process that allows the city to enter into discussions with developers interested in a public-private partnership that puts the pool back in use.

An overhead view of Lake Worth Beach's municipal pool complex just west of the ocean.

Before that discussion could begin, Mayor Betty Resch proposed shelving talks until a future commission workshop so that board members, along with an architectural consultant, can craft design elements – splash pads, tiki huts, public access, etc. – to be followed by potential developers.

“I think we all want to be a part of that,” Resch said.

That response drew an angry reaction from outgoing Vice Mayor Herman Robinson, who has previously accused his colleagues of slow-walking action on the pool.

“That’s what we want to do is talk,” he said.

Robinson also took aim at commissioners for posing as impromptu pool designers, warning that “is the worst case possible” and that the result will be “like a committee that’s asked to design a horse and comes away with a camel.”

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