Possible swimming, rec area plans for Weeki Wachee Preserve

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Possible swimming, rec area plans for Weeki Wachee Preserve

August 10, 2017 - 09:20

Weeki Wachee River

Chairman Wayne Dukes departed from the July 25, 2017 Board of County Commissioners Agenda regarding the Weeki Wachee Preserve Recreation Project. On the agenda was a recommendation to approve a $200,000 expenditure for Coastal Engineering for design services associated with the Weeki Wachee Preserve Recreation project.

Mr. Dukes referred to “a project that we want to proceed with, but … we have to have a conceptual drawing.” He then made a motion to proceed with the conceptual drawing. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Nick Nicholson. The cost of the conceptual drawing is estimated to be between $30,000 - $60,000.

Mr. Dukes acknowledged that the agenda item as written was “probably premature,” because the county will be seeking partners for the development project, but needs the conceptual drawing to begin.

Because this vote was not properly advertised in the agenda, it will be put on a future agenda for an official vote.

According to agenda documents, “the proposed improvements would consist mainly of a swim area and ancillary facilities to be located on the northernmost pond adjacent to Shoal Line Boulevard, south of the County owned site. The proposal would include the main parking lot and restroom facilities to be located on county property with a series of boardwalks and pathways to provide access to the swim area. The swim area would include modification to the northernmost pond to promote a usable area for water based activities. Improvements directly adjacent to the swim area would be limited to handicap parking, restroom facilities and any required maintenance facilities.”

The Hernando Sun will continue to follow this story.

More Info: https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/areas/weekiwachee.html