Gym enthusiasts plan public fitness center

The Apalachicola Fitness Center’s equipment could form core of new public fitness center. Photo available for purchase

The Apalachicola Fitness Center’s equipment could form core of new public fitness center.

lOIS sWOBODA
Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Lswoboda@starfl.com

The Apalachicola Fitness Center has closed but a group of dedicated fitness enthusiasts are fighting to save their gym.

The building that formerly housed the fitness center, 45 Avenue D, sold recently to the owners of Papa Joe’s Restaurant who plan to relocate their eatery there.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, about 30 people met at the Gibson Inn to discuss the creation of a not-for-profit public fitness center. Locations in Eastpoint and in the old Chapman High School were discussed and organizer Ed Aguiar roughed out several scenarios for financing the public gym.

Members are being asked to pay for a one-year membership, $420, if possible.

Depending on the location chosen for the center and the number of hours it remains open daily, Aguiar estimated between 70 and 120 members are needed. He said supporters of a public gymnasium would buy about 75 percent of the equipment from the old fitness center focusing on equipment that is useful to the greatest number of  members.

Organizers plan to provide space for April Patriotis to continue aerobic and kickboxing classes. Eric Olson would also be available as a personal trainer.



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