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‘Safety measures’ not met: Miami Springs pool not open for July 4 holiday

Lifeguards stationed outside Miami Springs' new $5 million pool on its scheduled July 2 opening day hold a sign signaling it is still not ready for the public.
Lifeguards stationed outside Miami Springs' new $5 million pool on its scheduled July 2 opening day hold a sign signaling it is still not ready for the public. For the Miami Herald

Kids and their families who waited more than a year to cool off in Miami Springs’ new $5 million pool — promised to open Saturday just in time for the Fourth of July holiday —have to wait a bit longer.

“Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances the aquatic center will be closed until further notice,” states a sign posted at the pool on Saturday. “Inspectors have some additional safety measures they would like implemented before we open.”

Miami Springs recently issued a news release inviting the public to a grand opening of the new pool on July 1. The grand opening took place, but no one announced the pool would still be closed this holiday weekend.

The Herald reported last week that the pool would open to the public on July 2.

Miami Springs City Manager Ron Gorland, Mayor Zavier Garcia and council members Bob Best, Billy Bain and Jaime Petralanda did not respond to emails Saturday from the Herald asking what happened, whether the city obtained a final inspection before opening and when the pool would open.

“I am extremely upset and sorry that our residents have to wait to enjoy the facilities,” Councilwoman Rosie Buckner responded Saturday to the Herald.

In the meantime, the city stationed lifeguards at the pool entrance on what would be opening day to ward off a steady stream of locals hoping to swim laps, relax in a cabana or glide down the giant slide. Late Saturday afternoon, Miami Springs updated its website to include a “pool opening update”:

“Due to the final inspection by the Department of Health and Safety, the DoH has requested that the City meet additional safety measures prior to opening the Aquatic Center to the public.”

Who to call

For information about Miami Springs new pool, call 305-805-5078.

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