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The 'Band-Aid' won't stick on UNF's pool

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Updated: 8/01/2013 12:18 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- UNF's aquatics facility was an exciting new addition to the campus community 26 years ago, and while that momentum hasn't deteriorated, the pool has.

"We're to the point now where Band Aids are not going to work anymore," said Sharon Ashton, vice president of public relations at UNF.

Action News found out the $3 million price tag for repairs won't work either.

Come March 2014, the pool will shut down as the university looks for funding to build a new Olympic-size pool.

"We look to our supporters, our donors, our boosters to help us with those costs," said Ashton.

There are no takers just yet, but in the meantime, the university will use the money it has to turn the run-down pool into a recreational basketball court. 

"And that really came from the students who said we need more places to shoot hoops," said Ashton.

The good news is, it won't be too long before those hoops go up, since the structure around the pool is still intact. UNF has already made plans to relocate its swim and dive teams to a local pool off campus.

There is no word yet when the basketball court or the new pool will be up.
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