Residents near public pool complain of noise during children's swimming lessons
By Patrick McCallister
For Hometown News
ORMOND BEACH - Everyone wants Florida's children water-ready, but that doesn't mean anyone wants screaming children in residential neighborhoods. At its most recent meeting, the Ormond Beach City Commission closed the pool to residential swimming lessons. The vote came after residents fiercely complained about Deanna Frechette, who lives at 3 Oscelot Court, teaching infants to swim in her home's pool.
"Shame on the city for letting this go on," commissioner Troy Kent said at the meeting. "It should have been shut down stat."
In an interview after the meeting, Joann Naumann, the city's neighborhood improvement division manager, said she'd received complaints about Ms. Frechette's water-survival instruction at the Ormond Lakes community. However, she didn't cite Ms. Frechette, who says she is certified as an Infant Swimming Resource Self-Rescue instructor, for having swimming lessons at her home, because the commission was about to consider amendments to its home-occupations code. Those amendments could have permitted the swimming lessons.
"I talked to Ms. Frechette and explained to her that the regulations don't allow for swim businesses," Ms. Naumann said.
James Paiser, vice president of the Ormond Lakes Homeowners Association, spoke at the commission meeting against permitting swimming lessons at residential pools. He praised the Self-Rescue program for teaching children from 6 months to 6 years old to swim. But, he said, before the children start swimming, they do something else.
"They throw them in the water, and kids do what kids d0 - they scream," he told commissioners. "The noise level goes way beyond what I think most of you assume."
He said the swim-instruction business operated from about 4:30 to 7 p.m.
"(Neighbors) can't come home and throw back a beer or cook on the grill," Mr. Paiser said. "There's too much alarmed screaming coming from the pool."
Ormond Lakes resident Penny Pajak, too, spoke to the commission against permitting swim businesses at homes. She, too, supports the Infant Swimming Resource program, but said it doesn't belong in residential neighborhoods.
"I can't enjoy the home I chose to be at," the former lifeguard told the commission. "This is not little kids having a good time. I'd welcome that. This is bloodcurdling screams."
Ms. Naumann said that with the commission decision not to permit home swim-instruction businesses, she is going forward with advising Ms. Frechette to stop teaching at her home.
"I was directed to file a notice of violation, which I've done," she said. "We're giving her one day to comply. It's easy to comply (in this case). She just has to stop giving lessons at her pool."
Ms. Frechette referred questions to Infant Swimming Resource, which did not return calls by press time.
According to www.infantswim.com, she travels to provide instructions at clients' homes. Other Volusia County Self-Rescue instructors use YMCA pools, and community pools at other gated communities.