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Sign your guests up for Town pool usage

September 11, 2013
By BOB PETCHER ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

While some Fort Myers Beach business leaders are lamenting from their guests' complaints about poor water quality in the Gulf, others are finding an alternative for their visitors to get in a swim or cool down from the September heat.

Enter the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus corporate membership rate, including usage to the Town Municipal Pool.

With this discounted program, any Fort Myers Beach business located within the Town of Fort Myers Beach corporate limits can participate. Membership to Bay Oaks allows members to use the center's facilities, participate in all campus programs and receive reduced fee-based activities.

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Do some lap swimming or just lounge around the Town Community Pool — a good alternative to the Gulf waters.

"For those who do not have pool or workout facilities or things of that nature, you can buy a membership to our facilities in block. That way you can hand them out to your visitors to use at their discretion," said Town Manager Terry Stewart. "It's very cost affective. We have memberships out already, and received good feedback."

Stewart made the comment to several business representatives who attended a round-table discussion with Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto last week. The discussion involved stated damage to the hospitality industry and other businesses due to high flow regulatory freshwater releases being discharged from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River that have affected Southwest Florida beachfront waters. The clear blue Gulf water has been darker as of late.

"We have the facilities available to help offset the impact," said Stewart.

Located at 2700 Oak Street (turn east onto School Street or Bay Road), Bay Oaks Recreational Campus offers a lot for the young at heart. Inside the gymnasium, there is a fitness center that features three treadmills, an elliptical machine, two stationary bikes, stair stepper, a heavy boxing bag, a speed bag, a Smith machine and a variety of free weight dumbbells and weight bars as well as an all-in-one machine featuring more than 30 different weight options and a 50-inch television.

In addition to the fitness room, members can participate in activities such as drop-in basketball, drop-in volleyball, drop-in pickle ball, senior softball and bocce ball to name a few. In all, there are 12 different fitness classes offered throughout the week in 21 different time slots.

The Community Pool is located on the campus at 2600 Oak St. and features a heated lap pool including lap swim lanes, a waterslide and a kiddie pool with water works features. Swimming lessons, Red Cross certification courses, water aerobics and facility rentals are also available.

The Corporate Fee Plan offers six different options within the rate structure, depending on the amount of memberships to be purchased. For more information or to purchase a Corporate Membership Plan, call Bay Oaks at 765-4222.



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