Interim city manager Tim Wilson said today that he is hopeful the city pool will be repaired and open this summer.

According to Wilson, the city has begun the process of bidding out pool repairs.

Miami's municipal swimming pool has been the focus of series of upgrades over the past two years as more than $600,000 in improvements were directed to the site. The upgrades were paid for through the city's utility repair and replacement fund.

Miami utility customers are currently paying back the money borrowed from the utility fund through a 10-year 80-cent utility assessment.

The pool was seriously damaged in the July, 2007, flood which left only a portion of a multi-story water slide feature peering from above the surface of floodwater that inundated Miami.

The pool was closed at the onset of the flood and has not been reopened.

Wilson said it is likely it will open as scheduled on Labor Day weekend.