The Real Deal Miami

Proposed $76M Swimming Hall of Fame revamp draws criticism

May 20, 2010 01:30PM

International Swimming Hall of Fame

The city of Fort Lauderdale is mulling a proposal to overhaul the International Swimming Hall of Fame complex to the tune of $76.2 million. The plan, which includes two new Olympic-size swimming pools, a dive tower, family aquatic park and artificial surf machines, would use $46.6 million in taxpayer funds and is drawing criticism from beach activists and the head of the Hall of Fame for its limited scope and for the burden it will place on the city’s budget. Last year, the city rejected an idea for a marine aquarium and water park on the site, but its subsquent request for bids from developers drew only one proposal. Critics now want another round of bidding because they said the original proposal rules were too strict. [Sun Sentinel]