Johnny Weismuller’s swimsuits will be packed up and moved out of Fort Lauderdale. Mark Spitz’s starting blocks, Jenny Thompson’s medals and Greg Louganis’ memorabilia are also seeking a new home.
After 50 years by the beach, the International Swimming Hall of Fame plans to close its headquarters and museum when its lease with the city expires in February 2015.
The collection of aquatic artifacts will be relocated, but the future address is undetermined, the facility’s chief announced Oct. 21.
ISHOF’s board of directors was dissatisfied with Fort Lauderdale’s renovation plan for the aging Aquatic Complex on Seabreeze Boulevard and decided by an 11-0 vote to move to a city where a modernized attraction can be constructed, CEO Bruce Wigo said.
“This was a very emotional and difficult decision for our organization,” Wigo said. “However, we have come to realize that the problems we have had with the city since at least 2000 — and which we have been unable to resolve since — stem from the fact that our organization’s vision and the city’s vision for their new Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex are not in alignment.”
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