Published: Nov 30, 2013 11:15 PM EST
Updated: Dec 02, 2013 6:16 PM EST

"I know there are a lot of unknowns to them and they're really concerned about that."

Ian Mack doesn't get all the fuss, surrounding his non profit's plan to turn Southwest 3rd place into a world class training facility.
But some area homeowners are not ready to welcome them with open arms.

The lawyer they hired says "the introduction of potentially hundreds of canoes and kayaks in these waterways could jeopardize both the safety of the homeowners and the participants at the club.

"The international athletes that are going to be coming, they train all over the world, train around cruise ships, tug boats, speed boats, never an issue," said Mack.

They're also angry at the price tag.

"I think it's ridiculous," said Florence LaPierre, who lives across the canal.

The club will only be paying $10 a year to lease the property from the city.

"From what I understand, I'm told our lease is no different than other sports training facilities in the area, they pay about the same. The difference is, we have to maintain all the property, we pay the lights, water," said Mack.


Mack says they're only looking for a lease, with the actual development still 3 to 5 years away.
"I think maybe down the road, it could be a hindrance as far as if I want to sell the property. I'm not sure, I'm just not sure," said LaPierre.