EAST MEADOW - A new plan that would allow a private pool to be built on public land in Eisenhower Park is creating controversy in Nassau County.
The new pool would be run by Dave Ferris, the owner of private swimming club Long Island Swimming. It would be open to the public while the park's Aquatic Center undergoes renovations beginning in July.
However, many say Ferris has a history of giving his clients more pool time than the public, even when running a public pool. Ferris was also the manager of the Aquatic Center from 1998-2003 when he resigned over a county investigation into alleged conflicts of interest.
According to Legislator David Denenberg (D-Merrick), he's concerned because he doesn't believe County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) will seek full legislative approval for the plan. He says it's an abandonment of park land and should go to the state, as well as the county.
Under the deal, Ferris would be given a 20-year license to continue to run his private pool, even after the Aquatic Center reopens. News 12 Long Island reached out to him for more information, but has not yet heard back.