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Southwest Florida Water Polo Foundation
Southwest Florida Water Polo Foundation

Important Information about Selby Aquatic Center

    This page attempts to provide public information regarding the future of Selby Aquatic Center.  This issue is much bigger than a water polo organization wanting to become a tenant at this pool.  


We believe the Sharks Swim Team’s record of excellence in swimming is impressive, but it is unclear to us that the Sharks represent the best steward to manage and maintain the Selby Aquatic Center.  Running a good swim program is one thing, administering an aquatics facility on behalf of others is completely different.  We recommend the facility be run by an independent management company with the Sharks  remaining a tenant of the facility, virtually unaffected.  


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INTRODUCTION

PUBLIC HEARINGS - RECORDINGS

NEWS ARTICLES and TV STORIES

WHO PAID FOR THE SELBY AQUATIC CENTER

RATE QUOTE TO RENT SELBY

PUBLIC DOCUMENTS

HELP SUPPORT EQUITABLE USE 


Introduction

The Selby Aquatic Center, a 70-meter outdoor competition facility and water park, was originally part of the Sarasota YMCA. The pool, diving boards, and water park were used by YMCA members, community groups and schools, the public, and the Sarasota Sharks Swim Team. With the dissolution of the Sarasota YMCA, Sarasota County has been working with the incumbent tenant, the Sarasota Sharks  Swim Team under a new nonprofit similarly named Sarasota Sharks, Inc. who positioned themselves to enter into an exclusive lease of Selby Aquatic Center as the YMCA announced their default. The Sarasota County Commissioners agreed to the arrangement as they thought they must save the Sharks to save the Selby Aquatic Center. 


It is clear there is an inherent conflict of interest for the newly created organization called Sarasota Sharks, Inc. to steward our County’s resource which is a high level competitive Aquatic Center. The Sharks’ mission is solely to support Competitive Swimming as reflected in their own mission statement and the draft lease with the County.  Further,  Sarasota Sharks Inc. is receiving substantial support from Sarasota County and its taxpayers:


· Exempt from approx. $30,000 in annual property taxes. (est. $900k over life of lease)  

· Receives $180,000 in tax revenue  (est. $8.6 million over life of lease)

· Pays $10/year in rent for the pool, parking lot, offices, locker facilities, and field.  


This Agreement as it stands allows a private swim club to take over a county facility for virtually their own exclusive benefit and certainly their exclusive profit. 

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Public Hearings

Sarasota County Commission Meetings related to Selby Aquatic Center

September 10, 2019

APPROVED ITEM 8B TO AUTHORIZE LEASE WITH SARASOTA SHARKS INC.


Commission approved with clear direction to Sarasota Sharks Inc to work together with the Southwest Florida Water Polo Foundation, including a fair rate. 


11:50 Beginning of Discussion

17:50 Bill Morris

19:50 Bobbi Morris

21:00 Jeff Bailey

24:10 Beth Bailey

27:38 Mike Bergquist

31:32 Deb Thurlow

35:06 Steve Butler

40:25 Commissioner motion and vote

43:00 Commissioner Ziegler Commentary

44:24 Commissioner Moran Commentary

44:55 Commissioner Hines Commentary

47:00 Meeting recess

watch hearing 9/10/2019

August 27, 2019

DEFERRED CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS 16.A. AND 16.B. TO A DATE UNCERTAIN16.PARKS, RECREATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES

A.The Board deferred consideration to a date uncertain, of the termination of a Lease Agreement with the Sarasota Family Young Men’s Christian Association (County Contract No. 2015-280) for certain portions of Potter Park, located at 8587 Potter Park Dr., Sarasota;
B.The Board deferred consideration to a date uncertain, of a proposed Resolution authorizing a Lease Agreement with Sarasota Sharks, Inc., for certain portions of Potter Park, located at 8587 Potter Park Dr., Sarasota.
Discussed in video from 15:30 - 1:03:40

Watch Hearing 8/27/2019

NEWSPaper Articles - click image to view

County OK's Sharks Lease

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Herald Tribune

9/11/2019

Troubled Waters

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Herald Tribune

9/9/2019

Newly formed “Sarasota Sharks Inc” took over Selby Aquatic Center almost completely blocked access

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The Scoop News

8/30/2019

County Holds off on Deal with Sharks

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Herald Tribune

8/28/2019

Commissioners put a hold on pool lease with Sarasota Sharks

Exclusive Lease with Sarasota County and the Sarasota Sharks Inc put on HOLD

Sarasota Observer

8/29/2019


More County Funding Earmarked for Selby Aquatic Center (Article from 2014- deal no longer followed.)

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Herald Tribune

8/20/2014

TV Stories - click image to watch video

Selby Aquatic Center lease negotiations making waves for Sarasota Sharks

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SNN News

9/9/2019 - 5:30PM News

Selby aquatic center debate continues

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SNN News 

9/9/2019

NEWSPaper Articles (Related)- click image to view

Newly formed “Sarasota Sharks Inc” took over Selby Aquatic Center almost completely blocked access

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The Scoop News

8/30/2019

USA Swimming Flips for Multisport Youth Athletes

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Wall Street Journal

7/2/2017

County Commission refuses to provide funding for Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in north Sarasot

Sarasota Observer

8/29/2019


Who Paid for the Selby Aquatic Center?

Who Paid for the Selby Aquatic Center?

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  Sarasota Sharks Inc. is receiving substantial support from Sarasota County and its taxpayers, and will get this support for 30 years with a lease:

  • Exempt from approx. $30,000 in annual property taxes. (estimated $900,000 over life of lease)  
  • Receives $180,000 in tax revenue (estimated $8.6 million over life of lease)
  • Pays $10/year in rent for the pool, parking lot, office space, locker facilities, and field. ($300 over life of lease)

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Economic Impact

Economic impact of the Sharks Swim Team over the past 5 years.

source: Visit Sarasota 

Rate quote to rent selby has increased to $19.67/hour/lane

Attempts to work with Sarasota Sharks Inc. continue to go nowhere

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The SWFWPF has made no progress in renting pool space at Selby Aquatic Center. The Sharks offered SWFWPF a new proposal increasing the rate to $19.67/hour and adding facility requirements and restrictions. 


If the Sharks Swim Team paid their stated rate for pool time it would cost them $1.265 million/year.

Public Documents

These documents are all available via the public records request, but in lieu of time please find them here for your convenience.

Sarasota Sharks Draft Agreement with County 09_03_19_V4 (pdf)

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County Consent to sublease to Sarasota Sharks Inc., Sub Lease between Y and Sharks, and Original Lea (pdf)

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Sarasota Sharks Draft Agreement with County 2019-08-09 (pdf)

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Sarasota Sharks 990 Form 2017 (pdf)

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Sharks Inc P&L March 2019 - Feb 2019 (pdf)

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Sharks 12 months ended 2-28-19 Comparative Balance Sheet (pdf)

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2019-08-21 Letter to County-Selby Aquatic Center (pdf)

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Selby-Foundation 600k to pool (pdf)

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2018 Property Tax Bill (pdf)

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2019 Trim Notice (pdf)

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YMCA 6-30-2018 audited statements page 21 (pdf)

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USE YOUR VOICE

TELL YOUR STORY

WRITE A LETTER TO THE SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSION 

The Commissioners listen to their constituents. There are many reasons to support equitable use of the Selby Aquatic Center Are you a taxpayer? A business owner? A realtor? Do you wish you could take your kids to the splash park or swim laps for a reasonable cost? Are you a school or community group who has been unsuccessful working with the Sharks?  Do you live near Selby and miss the pool?  


Their names are Michael Moran, Christian Ziegler, Nancy Detert, Alan Maio, and Charles Hines. 

amaio@scgov.netcziegler@scgov.netmmoran@scgov.netncdetert@scgov.netchines@scgov.net

Also here are the two Parks and Rec people:  Shelia Roberson and Nicole Rissler, Director of Parks & Rec. She replaced Carolyn Brown in November 2018. 

nrissler@scgov.netsroberson@scgov.net 


LET US KNOW YOUR STORY

Contact us to let us know how you have been affected as a former Selby patron, taxpayer, or community group, or how you have been treated by Sarasota Sharks Inc. since they have managed the pool. It might make sense to speak at the Commission meeting or talk to the press.