SKY Family YMCA Pool Closed at Dallas White Park Campus
Over the course of the last month, the Sarasota County Department of Health has conducted three inspections of the North Port Pool operated by the Sky Family YMCA at the Dallas White Park campus. Each of these inspections resulted in an unsatisfactory rating with several violations and a timeline for correction documented.
During the most recent inspection conducted on July 12, 2019, the Department of Health noted that the previous violations had not been corrected. In response, City of North Port officials met with representatives of the SKY Family YMCA on July 16, 2019 to review the outstanding violations, and specifically the flow-rate of the pool being below the building code minimum of four turnovers per day. Upon the City’s inspection yesterday, the flow-rate was still below the building code minimum. Due to this health risk, the City’s Building Official has issued a notice to the City to close the pool located at 5925 Greenwood Ave until correction has been made to the filtration system to meet the minimum code as set forth in Section 4126.96.36.199.2 of the State Florida Building Code (FBC).
At this time, the City is focusing its resources on developing a Public Private Partnership (P3) to aid in improving several facilities at Dallas White Park, including the pool, YMCA amenities, the Art Center, the Clothes Closet, and the entire Dallas White Park campus. The plan is to be brought back to City Commission by November 2019.
The notice from the Building Official provides ten (10) calendar days from the date of the letter to further discuss the notice and twenty-one days to file an appeal. As the current operator and manager of the facility, the Sky Family YMCA can express their right to file an appeal. While the pool closure is unfortunate, the safety and health of our community is of utmost importance.