Florida location of proposed Webber Wave Pool revealed
Yesterday, with a suprising lack of fanfare considering the build up, Webber Wave Pools announced where their first wavepool will - if all things go to plan - be constructed.
In a non-descript company press release, Ocean Sports Development (OSD) - the US entertainment company that license Webber Wave Pools - said they'd chosen Coral Springs, Florida, as the site for their inaugural Webber Wave Pool location.
The site is at the intersection of Sportsplex Drive and Royal Palm Boulevard, which a quick flyover with Google Earth reveals to be on the extreme western edge of a housing estate, looking out across the South Florida everglades. Think moquitoes, gators, and hovercraft. Swampland really, which raises an important point: If Kelly Slater couldn't build his tub because of the high water table at Cocoa Beach, then how will Webber drop his pool into a similar setting?
The answer came in hot and fast, and from the chairman of OSD no less:
Kelly’s site is in the county north of our site and that location was part of a WWII bombing range. His site had craters that cracked the cap rock on the Floridian aquifer, therefore there was no way to stop the groundwater flow.
Our site has a 2-3 foot thick sub-surface water layer that does not move. The cap is about 80-90 feet below the surface. Therefore our construction water issue is solved with a 10 foot deep vertical trench wall back filled with drilling clay (sodium bentonite) which is impermeable to water.
Right next to our site the Coral Springs Aquatic Center has a high diving pool with a 22’ deep finished bottom. No groundwater anomalies were reported. The subsurface geology on our site is perfect for our development.
Local Floridian newspapers are today reporting the story with Brown telling the South Florida Sun Sentinel, “Our goal is not to create an amusement park. Rather it’s to create a place for kids to learn to surf."
He said he wants to see, “kids go to college because they can surf.”
If Coral Springs City approves the final plans then construction should, hopefully, finally, begin early next year.