By Stacey Palmieri | firstname.lastname@example.org
Students had to travel a few miles to the beach to catch some sun and enjoy the water when the on campus pool, which is usually open to all students, was closed due to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.
The act requires all Florida State spas and pools to have a new drainage system installed after a tragic incident in which a young girl drowned by being sucked into the drain in a spa.
The act is proposed to prevent such an occurrence from happening again. The modification to the drain took several weeks due to a rush of orders for parts and backorders to manufacturers. The drain modification was completed at the end of March and the pool opened on March 30 for student use.