VERO BEACH – After nearly a month, the Royal Palm Pointe Fountain in Vero Beach will finally be up and running today beginning at 10 a.m.
On Monday, the Vero Beach Recreation Department installed a new chemical feeder to provide adequate chlorine to the fountain. On Tuesday, the Health Department signed off on the safety of the chlorine levels. Recreation Department Director Rob Slezak told the Vero Beach Recreation Advisory Committee Tuesday afternoon that the department had tried a simple repair back in April when maintenance discovered the feeder wasn’t registering the chlorine levels.
The malfunction resulted in the feeder parsing out more chlorine than was acceptable.
“It didn’t work,” he said.
The unit, instead, had to be replaced and the department estimated the cost would be between $3,000 and $7,000. It came in at $4,600, Slezak said.
The fountain will resume its regular schedule of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday until the Indian River County Schools summer break. Once school is out, the hours and days will be extended to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.
Tuesdays will be the day the department performs any needed upkeep and maintenance.
Large groups planning a visit to the Royal Palm Pointe Fountain are encouraged to call the Recreation Department at (772) 567-2144 to announce their plans.