SNN EXCLUSIVE: Sarasota YMCAs may still close temporarily
SARASOTA -Just as those working hard to save both Sarasota YMCA locations face the homestretch, a curve ball is thrown which could cause both location to still close their doors Friday at 5 pm, even if only temporarily.
Dreamers Academy chair member Thomas Chaffee describes the mountain of legal correspondence as an unavoidable roadblock.
“Like many real estate transactions, or any transaction of any kind, the devil’s in the details and the details are in the paperwork. So, we’re waiting for a stack of paperwork to come through and we hope that will happen in time," says Chaffee.
Chaffee says he is working in good faith with full support from Sarasota Family YMCA board members to take over operational control for both locations, despite the delay in filing.
“This is a very complicated transaction. We believe that the Sarasota Family Y board, they want this asset to remain in the community," says Chaffee.
Although Chaffee says Sarasota City Commissioners have been paramount in fast-tracking the process, with key players in the fitness center saga putting in 14 hour work days to solidify a new Y.
Save Our Y chair member Charlie Campbell says the looming Friday deadline doesn’t concern him.
“I think we’re going to have a deal signed, and I think the Y very generously is going to allow us to continue to operate with us paying the bills for 2 weeks, and at the end of the 2 weeks we are a new Y and everybody is happy," says Campbell.
Needless to say, the next 48 hours in this multifaceted takeover will be imperative to the new Y’s success.
“No one really has control, and that’s almost a good thing," says Chaffee.
Save Our Y will host a Pledge-A-Thon beginning Thursday at 5 am through Friday 5 pm.