Destin's YMCA bankrupt – Pensacola Local News – ABC

Trouble follows Kisela ….

Destin, Fla
In early October, Emerald Coast YMCA’s announced they would be closing its three branches in Okaloosa County.
Destin’s city manager was prepared to introduce a plan to lease the Destin Aquatic facility, allowing swim teams and residents to continue to use it.
The Emerald Coast YMCA announced in early October that all three branches in Okaloosa County would be closing. Amongst them is Destin’s aquatic facility, where a number of swim teams and clubs practice and compete. The city of Destin began looking for a way to keep that facility running.
Destin City Manager Greg Kisela says “we were going to discuss a very short-term lease with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, which is the landlord, for the city to operate the facility for two months until they could sort through these issues.”
On Monday, that plan hit a major roadblock.
According to Kisela, “the Emerald Coast YMCA has filed bankruptcy and bankruptcy protection, which means that basically the facility on Commons Drive is under the control of the trustee for the bankruptcy.”
The bankruptcy means the city’s plan to lease the facility is temporarily dead in the water. With the weather cooling off, that’s bad news for swim teams.
The head coach of Pryor Middle and Choctawhatchee High School’s swim team Jamie Thompson says “it’s difficult. I have kids that have school, jobs after school, clubs after school, band after school. So for them to be able to make this is tough.”
Jamie Thompson says her teams have been practicing in the dark, in pools that are barely lit and hardly big enough. If the city could take over the pool, even months down the road, it would be a good thing for the kids.
“That’s what I was thinking the whole time; hold that hope and that’s going to happen. So it’s pretty disappointing to know that it’s not in attorney’s hands,” says Kisela.
Kisela says the bankruptcy locks up the facility for at least a few months, but that he’s optimistic about the future.
“We continue to see value in the facility as a community asset. So hopefully we can continue to work with the arts foundation, and the trustees of the bankruptcy court to be able to have that serve the community.”
City officials say the bankruptcy meetings start in December, and an update should be available then.
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5 thoughts on “Destin's YMCA bankrupt – Pensacola Local News – ABC

  • October 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Guess we can’t blame him for this but Karma is sure to follow him wherever he goes.

  • October 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    What YMCA is next?
    And how much of Port Orange taxpayer funds will we lose when it soon happens here?

  • October 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    They said a charity cannot go bankrupt, and leave the building.

  • October 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Kisela left a number of time bombs behind when he left which is consistent with the passive violent that he is. He also empowered one administrator who’s contract was ready to expire with a high paying linchpin job in return for her services as an organizational scapegoater. He took a bad situation in Port Orange and made it worse. Remember his clique, I have past expertise in this and a very simple solution/ What we have here is a very complex situation that has no simple solution. Greg Kiselaish quotes- Lucy and me are thrilled to be a part of this lovely community and are looking for some property we Lucy can have her pot belly pigs and petting farm. Oh Lucy and I are so glad to be back in Destin the community that we love, I am not sure whether to say whether I am you new old city manager or your old new city manager. Just forget about Elgin Jones in Fort Lauderdale, my Walton County Dismissal, Ted Noftall’s outing me, my cozy obfuscating relationship with Allen Green, and the several times Destin city council tried to vote me out for past improprieties. The city of Port Orange needs to beware of Kisela’s dog and pony show that Allen Green has been complicit in because you may find out that Green pushes the right buttons and brings his prodigal son back home Warren Lizard Lounge Pike.

  • October 27, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Wait, she is under a contract ? And it expires soon ? Is there hope ?


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