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.