Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club tennis courts will be demolished in March to make way for five portables

The Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club is getting a new name.

School district staff currently refer to the site as “P73,” which is short for the address: 73 Patricia Drive.

Soon the current name will no longer apply as the district proceeds with its plan to transform the site by retaining the pool and gym but demolishing the tennis courts to make way for wearable devices for the TRAIL Transition Program of the school district, office space for iFlagler virtual school and finally the Step Up program.

Dave Freeman, director of factory services for the district, told the school board at a Jan. 18 workshop that the tennis courts’ demolition is tentatively scheduled for March 1.

“Those who use the facility have had no change in their access. We’ve updated them on our scrapping schedule. The pool and gym are still not invaded.”

PAUL PEACOCK, Flagler Schools Chief of Operations

The pool and gym will remain available for use by members, said district chief Paul Peacock.

“Those using the facility have had no change in their access,” Peacock said. “We have kept them informed of our demolition schedule. The pool and gym are still not invaded.”

Phase 1 of the project includes the removal of a portable computer that resides on the site, three new portable devices for the TRAIL program, and two portable devices for iFlagler offices on the tennis courts’ site. A shadow structure will be built over the five portables and a concrete space will be built for basketball or other activities.

“We contacted our civil engineer using our civil contract,” Freeman said. “We have contacted the City of Palm Coast and notified them. … We want them to know about our site plan.”

Freeman said they expect to introduce the new wearable devices sometime in May, with infrastructure planned by then. He said there is an interested party who may be willing to buy the current portable computer locally.

“We can potentially sell it cheaply, and it would be better if we have to demonstrate it for $25,000,” he said.

Taking the TRAIL program out of Indian Trails Middle School will open needed classroom space on ITMS for next school year when sixth grade classes are shifted from elementary to high schools. Now that iFlagler’s offices are moving out of Matanzas High School, that space is being converted into classrooms.

Phase 2 of the project, which is estimated to include six portable computers for Step Up, was set to begin next year, Freeman said.

“We’re making sure to build forward from the back of the site with the Step Up program the last piece of the puzzle,” Peacock said.

Peacock said with the tennis courts soon to be demolished, the process of renaming the site could begin.

The school board should eventually approve a new name, Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt said, but the district can begin the process by forming a committee. The board agreed to initiate the process.

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