Expand St Petersburg’s Pools

Full pool in 50-meter format at St. Pete

St. Petersburg will be a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live, work and play. We will be an innovative, creative and competitive community that honors our past while pursing our future


Vision 2050

Sun Shines Here 

Front lawn of North Shore Aquatic Center with balls

A swim pool can fit in this space.

This location can equate to an additional $30-million per year economic impact for St. Petersburg with the construction of a new 70-meter by 25-yard pool.

ISCA, the International Swim Coaches Association, and Doug Fonder, president, is offering expertise and vision for an expansion of the North Shore Aquatic Complex.

  • St. Petersburg can realize an additional $30-million per year with this expansion.
  • New construction cost for the new pool is less than $4-million.
  • Appropriate research with statistics back up these claims.


Executive Summary:

Let's consider and proceed with another investment, and upgrade the water space at St. Petersburg’s North Shore Aquatic Complex. 

The economic opportunities presently emerging in 2020 are more than favorable for the city. This new project can be justified to taxpayers, citizens, employees, the facility’s participants and visitors on economic merits. The overall economic impacts are significant. And, the risks are minimal.

The capital investments detailed within this proposed aquatic-center expansion includes the building of an additional, outdoor, 70-meter by 25-yard, competitive swim and dive pool. Given this plan's public-private partnership opportunities, the less-than $4-million expenditure is prudent, forward thinking and should be warmly welcomed by all stake-holders in the city, especially as the community plans for the future with Vision 2050.

Doug Fonder

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Show and sell economic development and the fine line ...

The popular slogan from the baseball movie, 
Field of Dreams, "Build it and they will come," fits this proposal for expanding the
St. Petersburg's North Shore Aquatic Complex.

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