LEE COUNTY, Fla. - It looks like the National Swimming Center is favoring a Fort Myers location over its original choice in Cape Coral. The swim center just sent a letter to the Cape explaining why.
The swim center said it has fewer construction costs and a better location.
Cape Coral may be out and Lee County may be in when it comes to providing a site for an aquatic center.
The Cape wants it in the Cape. Lee County also wants it in the Cape.
"The county supports the National Swimming Center in Cape Coral. It's received a lot of support from it's community and we welcome and hopefully entertain a partnership with the Cape to bring the swim center to Cape Coral," Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah said.
Cape Coal Council member Marty McClain said the swim center is needed.
"Cape Coral needs some type of a boost, a kick, and I feel this project offers that."
After months of talks with the Cape, the NSCC just sent the city a letter saying it now favors the county.
Commissioner Ray Judah said if the Cape doesn't get it, there's a place for it at City of Palms Park.
"We have some back up plans, but we are here to hopefully attract the National Swimming Center to our county."
In the letter, the NSCC said, "...the adaptive re-use of an existing facility proves to be the most advantageous..." and "...it's location downtown is also a key factor..."
Some residents agree.
"I think it would be appropriate to put it here where people are familiar with, and it's a nice area and it would be beneficial to the community."
Lee County and Cape Coral leaders have 25 days to decide if they want to move forward with the swim center.