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Hat in hand, Sonoma Splash asks for $500K for pool project

The desire for a community swimming pool in Sonoma Valley is nearly universal. But as government-watchers saw during Monday night’s Sonoma City Council meeting, the devil is in the details.

Currently those details are of a financial nature, after pool advocates asked the city to float them a half-million dollars to help with the purchase of Paul’s Resort, a six-acre property on Verano Avenue.

That spot is “a perfect location” due to its accessibility, said Paul Favaro, president of the Sonoma Valley Health and Recreation Association (SVHRA), aka Sonoma Splash. He cited its proximity to Maxwell Farms Regional Park, and the fact that Verano can handle the traffic.

“So we don’t think that there’s a better location in the city or elsewhere in the Valley,” Favaro told council members Steve Barbose, David Cook and Laurie Gallian. (The other two council members, Ken Brown and Tom Rouse, recused themselves because they also sit on the SVHRA board.)

The catch, though, is that the group is still $500,000 short – with a deadline looming to close escrow by Aug. 19. So Sonoma Splash is asking for the city’s help in bridging the gap.

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