Olympic Team In Panama City Beach?

Panama City Beach might be adding another title to it

USA's team competes in the synchronised swimming technical routine team event of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing on August 22, 2008. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Panama City Beach might be adding another title to it's signs soon, "Home of the US Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team."

The Aquatic Center at Frank Brown Park is up for consideration to be used as a training facility for the US Olympic Synchronized Swimming team. If chosen, the pool would need to have some changes instituted, the largest being an investment that could cost the city up to $420,000 if a new one is built. That investment would be a bubble dome to cover the pool for acoustics and to allow training in inclement weather.

However, International Aquatic Foundation President, Ken McGartlin believes that the city will easily recover that investment. "Benefits are the ability to draw numerous other events to come to the area. Those events bring along with it an awful lot of bed tax revenue...at times of the year when our condominiums are sitting for the most part empty."

While the dome could hold a hefty price tag, there are other options. Currently, the committee is looking at bringing in a used dome from another city. If that is used, it would be close to half the price of a new one.


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  • by Bill Location: PCB on May 15, 2012 at 03:31 AM
    Thanks Pete and Dave for finally bursting the bubble. This group is not a money maker. Will compete for pool time and the limited pool of local donations. Besides, they did not qualify for the Olympic Games in London. No wonder they're moving. Just think, a $700K investment to start and they might be ours.
  • by Dave Location: pcb on May 13, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    Thanks Pete it is good to know somebody around here has some common sense!
  • by pete Location: pcb on May 13, 2012 at 06:17 AM
    The pool lost $538,000 in operating expenses last year. It was $609,000 the year before. There is no such thing as 'everybody wins'. Where is the money coming from? What is the total cost? The pool is a wonderful addition to FBP and to PCB but it bleeds red ink. Optimism must approach reality.
  • by Patrick Location: Panama City Beach on May 12, 2012 at 04:04 PM
    Thanks God...Something that actually put heads in our beds plus the pool bubbles make posible for anyone to use the pool all year long,EVERYPARTY WINS!!!
  • by barbara Location: Panama city beach on May 12, 2012 at 05:21 AM
    Yes, this is a very wise investment for the area. I hope it goes through because it will help bring revenue to the area and prestige.
  • by Jim Location: Gulf Coast State College on May 12, 2012 at 04:45 AM
    Getting an Olympic swim team in Panama City Would be superb, and our college will give full support to this cause, whatever support is needed. Thanks to all who Are seeking these opportunities for our area...Jim.
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