A Letter To The Largo To Mayor And Board Of Commissioners
Coach Tony Perrielo has been coaching Alissa Zetzman since she was 12 years old, Alissa would religiously go to the Southwest Largo Pool to learn and practice the latest diving techniques with her coach. All the hard work is paying off and she has the opportunity of a lifetime, thanks to Tony Perrielo and the Largo Southwest pool.
In the past few months, there have been attempts to close the pool, fill it in or make a kiddie pool out of it. I would like to take this opportunity to urge the commission to protect and celebrate this pool. I also want to express my reasoning on why this pool is so important to the community and the nation. Even if a diver or swimmer does not reach the top of their sport athletically, they reach for their very best. They work at being the best and amaze themselves everyday. That is how we will build character in our community. This is how we keep kids out of trouble. This is how other kids are inspired by their teammates and coaches. Tony Perrielo and the other swimming coaches at the pool are not in it for the money. They can hardly pay the fees. They are doing what all of us need to do, showing kids and teens that hard work (mixed with a little fun) can pay off, physically, mentally, and socially. Some things in life are more important than money. This is exactly what the Southwest pool was built for. As far as we the parents, coaches, divers, swimmers and supporters are concerned, a big American flag should be flown on the top of the Southwest Pool Diving Platform Tower, not a kiddie slide.
If it is more revenue some are seeking, there are so many innovative ways and strategies to earn that. That fabulous Diving Tower structure itself is in such beautiful condition. There are so very few outdoor Diving Platform Towers built to US Olympic standards in the entire country. I'm sure marketing/advertising agencies would pay to photograph and use it in campaigns. College teams would rent it. More national and international dive and swim meets could be held there. Dinner auctions and community festivals would be great fundraisers. More advertising at Largo area schools through posters and flyers would bring even more kids to benefit. There are many parents and alumni from the pool that will gladly donate their time.
Many dedicated people worked very hard years ago, to make this magnificent facility a reality. Largo is unique for having it. That dream will be destroyed, if we do not protect this pool and its present function. Largo and the Nation need this facility just the way it is. I want more Alissa Zetzmans to make their dream come true here.
Thank you so much for your time,
We are proud to announce our daughter, Alissa Zetzman, has signed with Auburn University. Alissa's statement is as follows:
Thank you for your comments and thoughts regarding the Southwest Pool. Your e-mail is being forwarded to the Mayor and Commission for their information and consideration during the upcoming budget deliberations.
I will also forward to the City Commission your second e-mail regarding your daughter's scholarship award to Auburn.
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