The ground-breaking for the Water Sports Complex that will house the new Water Ski Hall of Fame/Museum as well as the administrative offices of the American Water Ski Educational Foundation (AWSEF) and USA Water Ski took place Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Polk City, FL. Many renowned skiers and contributors to the sport were in attendance. Excitement was in the air, anticipating the grand opening scheduled for January 2001.
VIPs in attendance were: Lori Edwards, state representative; Dr. J.D. Morgan, president AWSEF; Sherm Schraft, vice president USA Water Ski; Steve McDermeit, executive director USA Water Ski; Keith Reeves, president Architect Design Group Inc.; Everett Whitehead, President Everett Whitehead & Son, Inc.; Ron Burchfield, Engineers of Central Florida; Debra Guglielmo, president Guglielmo & Associates; “Banana” George Blair, world-renowned barefoot water skier; Ron Scarpa, world-champion barefoot water skier; and Kermit Weeks, aviator and owner of Fantasy Flight air attraction.
AWSEF President Dr. J.D. Morgan expressed major enthusiasm for the opening.
“We've been looking for a new site since 1985 and definitely wanted to keep it in Polk County.” Dr. Morgan is confident that this will be the ideal location and facility to help water skiing make the “quantum leap into the 21st century.”
The 15,000-square-foot facility, designed by Architects Design Inc. of Winter Park, FL, will be constructed by Everett Whitehead & Son Inc. of Winter Haven, FL, and will include a water-ski lake on site, where training, clinics, demonstrations and technical testing can take place. Numerous large donations have been pledged including two anonymous donations, each for $50,000.
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