New Briefs March 20, 2014

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM.

New fitness center nears goal

The discussion surrounding the new Forgotten Coast Fitness and Wellness Center has shifted from “IF it opens” to “WHEN it will open.” In the past week, another 21 paid annual memberships have been collected, bringing the total to 41, just 13 short of the goal of 54. With the conversion of some three-- or six-month memberships to longer periods and the collection of a few more annual memberships, the fitness center will be ready to open.

“Given the current momentum, we hope to reach our goal by next week,” said Ed Aguiar, president of the center’s board of directors. “This short delay will still allow the gym to open in the first half of April. The timing of the opening is tied to obtaining memberships. Once we have reached our goal, we can schedule construction and get started on improvements to the space. These last few members will make the difference in reaching the finish line.”

Members are asked to pay for a one-year membership of $420, a six-month membership of $210, or a three-month membership of $105. Monthly memberships will be available once the fitness center opens. 

The new fitness center, at the Van Johnson municipal complex at 192 14th Street, will be similarly equipped to the former Apalachicola gym. Construction includes installing an exterior entrance door that allows members direct access through a keyless entry system, creating a pass-through to join two former classrooms, installing carpeting, painting, and replacing whiteboards with mirrors.

Initial hours will be Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to-9 p.m., and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more info, call or email Jan Thomas with questions 653-1068 or

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