published: Friday, May 10, 2013
Last one in's a rotten egg!
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING - You mother may have told you to wait an hour after you eat before you go swimming.
The City of Sebring proved to be even more cautious than even the most protective of moms, waiting much longer than that -- four years, 11 months and 27 days longer -- to re-open City Pier Beach on Lake Jackson for swimming after a man drowned in the dredge hole off shore.
"The safety inspection results came back in today and everything passed," City Administrator Scott Noethlich said Wednesday. "City Pier is now open for swimming."
It was on June 6, 2008 that 23-year-old Bobby Clark drowned while trying to swim across the dredge hole. The beach has been officially closed to swimming since, although many people ignored the warnings and took a dip anyway, most notable Heartland Triathlon participants.
City officials mulled over whether filling the hole or placing warning signs around it was the best solution for four years. The city council voted in the fall to finally fill the dredge hole at a cost of $114,000.
The dredge project began in late February and was completed around the first of April.
Water and bacteria levels at City Pier were tested two weeks ago by the Department of Health and all the results came back within safe levels.
Plans are in the works for a re-opening celebration event at City Pier in the coming weeks.
But while one access point to the lake has re-opened, another will be temporarily closed again starting next week.
Noethlich advised boaters and Veterans Beach visitors that the boat ramp will once again be shut down for about two weeks beginning Monday for a sheet piling project to improve the boat ramp. No boats, skis or other watercraft will be permitted on the ramp until the project is complete.
"It could be sooner than two weeks to complete. We hope that it doesn't take that much time," Noethlich said.
(by: Blindman~ - 5/11/2013)
Good work, city council.
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