Anyone headed to the Lakelands pool this year will have to abide by a new dress code.
The board of directors voted on March 14 in favor of a new requirement that anyone at the pool must be wearing attire that is “family friendly.”
This was in response to a request by the community’s pool committee targeted at thong bathing suits. The committee felt that while there was not a huge problem with thong-clad bathers, the pool management company RSV should have regulations in case they received resident complaints about the swimwear style.
Committee chairman Paul Lumsden said thong suits were not a “big issue” but said on a couple of occasions pool-goers complained when bathers wore the skimpy suits.
“In a family-friendly environment like this a thong is inappropriate, and we felt it ought to be reflected in the rules,” he said.
Board President Andy Inkeles and Vice President Mike Aubrey disagreed.
“I do not want to restrict people’s rights,” Aubrey said.
The committee had sought a regulation specifically saying that thongs were not permitted at the Lakelands pool; however the board voted instead to require bathers to wear “proper attire for a family friendly environment.”
Inkeles questioned the interpretation of “proper attire.”
“You go to Miami, and there are lots of people in thongs. It is our interpretation of personal expression that I feel should be protected,” he said.
Aubrey stated he wished to be notified if RSV employees force a bather to leave due to a violation of the proper attire rule.
“This rule is ambiguous,” he said.