The South Oxnard Aquatics Middle moved closer to its prepared summer time 2025 completion soon after a vote of the City Council Tuesday.

The council accredited a conceptual layout in a 6-1 vote for the virtually $60 million aquatics heart that features a 50-meter levels of competition swimming pool, instructional and recreational swimming pools, a lazy river, water slides and a splash pad.

Councilman Bert Perello, the lone dissenter, claimed Friday the better-than-expected expense prevented him from supporting the project, noting it could negatively impression potential initiatives, these kinds of as a new fireplace station and senior center. 

The task experienced also shifted away from its initial target of teaching the local community how to swim, he include.

“Now we are likely to start off gearing to competitions in its place of understanding how to swim?” Perello asked.