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Pond Fencing Plan at Issue Aquatic Center Wants to Cut Litter; Residents Fear Eyesore

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pond Fencing Plan at Issue Aquatic Center Wants to Cut Litter; Residents Fear Eyesore

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ATLANTIC BEACH -- A pond that had the city and the Beaches

Aquatic Center pointing fingers at each other is the subject of

another debate.

To reduce the amount of litter in the pond, the aquatic

center's vice president, Alan Potter, plans to put a fence

around the water. But some disagree with that solution.

The city's community development director, George Worley, said

a permit was issued Friday for a 4-foot, chain-link fence, with

a strand of barbed wire on top, for the side of the pond near

Aquatic Drive.

Potter said the fence will help keep people from tossing trash

into the water.

"Kids go down and throw the trash in the pond when they go

through there," Potter said. "It needs to be done."

But Andie Pennell, president of the Aquatic Gardens

Association, said she fears the fence will be an eyesore.

Pennell said she tried to persuade Potter not to build the fence

and talked with him about alternatives.

Potter said he is not concerned about how the fence will look,

though he plans to plant shrubbery to increase its appeal.

"There's fences everywhere," he said. "I'm not trying to cause

anyone a heartache or an eye-ache."

"He's trying to force the city to do something," City

Commissioner Steve Rosenbloom said about Potter. "Putting barbed

wire on top of that is just a little much. It just isn't what

Atlantic Beach is about.

"They [the Beaches Aquatic Center's board] care nothing about

the image of their neighborhood or their relations with other

people," Rosenbloom said.

Potter said there was "no sturdy option," because a wood fence

would last only a few years, while the chain-link version would

last 30 years.

Pennell said she suggested buying a fountain that would help

push trash to the pond's edges for easy collection. …

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