Mastic pool project's $7M bill angers residents BY PATRICK WHITTLE | firstname.lastname@example.org February 18, 2008 1 2 3 next An $85,000 tile job at the public pool in Mastic Beach has ballooned into $7 million in unanticipated repairs and cost overruns that have residents and officials calling for investigations into who is to blame. And work on the Olympic-size pool - which reopened for swimmers' general use in October after being closed for five years - still is not quite finished, Town Parks Commissioner Jim LaCarrubba, who in March took over the department that has been shepherding the project, said the building will probably have to close a few days for finishing touches later this month. "It's probably the poorest example of a capital project I've ever seen," he said. Myriad problems - including structural deficiencies that were undocumented, and repeated vandalism - combined to rob William Floyd High School of a facility for its girls' swim team and shutter an asset valued by a community where housing prices and income languish below Long Island averages. Cost overruns have left local Democrats and Republicans blaming each other. In the midst of the finger-pointing, Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota's office has agreed to meet with a civic organization that requested a "forensic investigation" of the pool project. A town councilman also plans to request a federal investigation into what he calls local government corruption, although no one is saying that anyone has committed a crime. The pool could resume hosting recreational programs this spring, said a representative for the YMCA, which operates the pool for the town. Town and school officials are discussing when the William Floyd swim team could begin using it. LINK: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/suffolk/ny-lipool175582565feb18,0,109328.story I worked there last year from beginning of October to mid-November during the installation of the tiled block and acoustic block surrounding the pool.