Code Enforcement Officials Take More Proactive Approach Following Drowning
Published May 22nd, 2013
GAINESVILLE - Code enforcement officials say they've changed their tactics when it comes to inspecting pools.
Gainesville's code enforcement manager says they're trying to take a more proactive approach following the drowning death of a young Alachua County boy last month. Demetrius Powers, 3, was found at the bottom of an abandoned pool that was not permitted, and as a result had not been inspected for years.
While that incident took place just outside city limits, Gainesville's code enforcement manager says they're making sure something similar does not happen on their turf.
"We've been inspecting swimming pools now for about the last month," said Gainesville Code Enforcement manager Chris Cooper. "Part of that will be to insure that the enclosures are properly secure, that gates and latches work properly, and also that the water is maintained and not in a hazardous state."
Cooper says they have so far inspected more than half of the nearly 300 pools they have identified in the city.
Meantime, the abandoned pool where Powers' drowned still sits vacant, although the chain-link fence surrounding it has been repaired.
An attorney for the pool's property manager says plans were being made to fill in the pool. But those plans are now on hold as a lawsuit has been filed against them.
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