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YMCA drops Maritime Park bid

PENSACOLA   --  A new 10-million dollar YMCA facility was proposed for a waterfront lot at the Maritime Park after Blue Wahoos owner Quint Studer offered five million dollars of his own money to make it happen.
The mayor's office and the city council have both signed off on the deal in concept
But the board of the "Community Maritime Park Association" voted against the idea yesterday.
They've asked the "Y" to consider two other parcels at the park instead.
A final decision won't be made until the YMCA's full board of directors meets on Monday but one YMCA committee is recommending the waterfront idea be scrapped.

Reaction to the latest developments.-
The signs are still up and supporters of the Y still want to see it find a new home. they're disappointed this piece of land may now be out of the question.

As members walked in and out of the "Y" Thursday afternoon-- they were sad to hear about the new obstacles in the move to the Maritime Park.

Michelle Goldsmith
"Yes I'm very sad to hear that. I was really looking forward to a new YMCA"
Jason Leger
"Taking a place like this and putting it in a location like that just seems like it would be really beneficial"
A "Y" member for a year, Jason Leger was looking forward to a new waterfront location.
He's disappointed so many are fighting the "Y's" waterfront plans and thinks that may be why the executive committee is suggesting the facility finds another piece of land.

"This facility exists for good. I don't understand what objections there might be. I'm sure they're out there but I think they could be overcome"
Members do want to see changes.
While the facilities work well and the programs are still strong-- improvements are needed.

Michelle Goldsmith
"A new pool. also some new weight lifting areas so we can have more places to exercise"
But most members we spoke with are confident the "Y" will bounce back.

John Fudrko
"Sometimes you learn not to get too enthusiastic about things because you never know what's going to happen"

A final decision won't be made until Monday.