New fitness center pushes ahead

New fitness center pushes ahead

New fitness center pushes ahead

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 09:26 AM.

Backers of a plan to create a new Forgotten Coast Fitness and Wellness Center in the former Apalachicola High School are hoping to open the new facility by next month.

The non-profit venture arose after the closure in January of the Apalachicola Fitness Center, which was housed at 45 Avenue D until the building sold to the owners of Papa Joe’s Restaurant, which plan to relocate there shortly.

Ed Aguiar, a member of the proposed center’s board of directors along with Henry Kozlowsky, Gary Niblack, Sarah Madson and Jan Thomas, said organizers are working on collecting dues from the original 54 people who committed to pre-paid annual memberships.

“Our plan is to recognize this group as ‘the founding members’ and they will be honored as such,” said Aguiar. “As of this past weekend, 20 of the 54 commitments for per-paid annual memberships have been collected and when successful, this will secure the success of the new center.”

Members are being asked to pay for a one-year membership of $420, a six-month membership of $210, a three-month membership of $105, or a monthly membership of $35.

“Our goal is to have all funds collected and deposited by Monday, March 17,” said Thomas. “This will allow us to schedule construction and installation of our own entryway door with keyless entry for members and to get started on improvements to the space. We have all our approvals with the city of Apalachicola and Franklin's Promise Coalition in place and will execute our lease this week.”

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