|Published:||Jul 15, 2010 3:09 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 15, 2010 11:22 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Budget cuts in Lee county have turned some packed public swimming pools into ghost towns.
And now, summer programs are asking for help.
"Its so hot that people just want to get in the pool."
Instead these forty plus summer campers are stuck inside.
"Supposed to go to the pool we want to go swimming but it got cancelled."
Directors at Nations Youth camp in Fort Myers, forced to change plans again.
Their scheduled lifeguards, cancelling - dampening the hopes of these kids who showed up ready to swim.
"That was a hard part for me to have to tell all those faces to let them know its not going to be possible today."
But Wednesday's situation is turning out to be a weekly conflict.
Kids at this free camp haven't been in the pool all summer.
After budget cuts, lee county just doesn't have enough lifeguards to go around.
"We have closed up several pools because of the situation with lifeguards."
Nearly half of county regulated pools have been closed compeltely this summer.
And the fifty annually hired lifeguards... down to just twenty.
Leaving summer programs to tackle the task of finding cerfitied lifeguards...
and nine year old Louis Roundtree wishing he could go in the pool for his birthday.
"i was excited this much i've been excited for a long time."
he's just hoping that excitement will last until he can actually get in the water.
If you want to help call Nations Associations at (239) 332-7575 or Lee county Parks and Recreation at (239) 533-7275.