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Heat is on now to get pool fixed

TAMPA PALMS- The Compton Park pool needs new equipment.

Published May 4, 2007


The Tampa Palms Owners Association keeps a close eye on the homes and yards in its neighborhood, blowing the whistle on everything from ugly basketball hoops to dead grass to dirty driveways.

But who is responsible for the Compton Park community pool?

Just outside the Compton Park office, where the TPOA meets every month, the swimming pool sits half-empty with greenish-brown water. It has been out of order since November, awaiting new equipment, said Tampa Palms property manager Bonnie French.

French said most of the new heating and filtration equipment, which will essentially replace all of the parts that keep the pool clean and running, was delivered last Monday and Tuesday. A final part was expected by today, and installation is supposed to begin sometime next week. Then it will have to pass a health inspection before people can swim again.

People have been calling about the pool since the weather turned warm, "but it's been more or less the same people, " French said.

She has directed them to the New Tampa YMCA, which has agreed to let Tampa Palms residents use its swimming pool until the Compton Park one is fixed.

What's taking so long?

"There just aren't many people who do this kind of work, " French said. "There are three men in Hillsborough County who do it." One of them comes from Commercial Pool Services of Florida Inc., which Tampa Palms is using.

She acknowledged that "time was not of essence, " during the winter months.

As the weather has turned warm and children want to use the pool, the homeowners association and its members have grown increasingly impatient.

"Now we're hearing about it, " French said.

Emily Nipps can be reached at 813 269-5313 or

[Last modified May 3, 2007, 08:30:44]

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