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Old 05-03-2019, 01:53 PM
 
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It used to be there was a gym on Wilton Drive and another one over on Oakland Park near Wilton Manors but both have been long closed and it seems there's only a demand for bars in Wilton Manors since no business person ever decided to open a regular gym again in the Gay neighborhood of Wilton Manors.

The closest gyms are Crunch about 5 miles over on Andrews Avenue and LA Fitness over on Federal Highway above Oakland Park Boulevard.


Used to be you'd see lots of bicycles in front of the gym, along with people walking there from their houses and apartments in Wilton Manors when there was a gym in the plaza where Hunters and the Alibi are but now the majority of gym goers to Crunch and LA Fitness drive there which makes the increasingly bad traffic here even worse.
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Old 05-04-2019, 01:20 AM
 
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Maybe you should open one?
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:33 AM
 
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It used to be there was a gym on Wilton Drive and another one over on Oakland Park near Wilton Manors but both have been long closed and it seems there's only a demand for bars in Wilton Manors since no business person ever decided to open a regular gym again in the Gay neighborhood of Wilton Manors.

The closest gyms are Crunch about 5 miles over on Andrews Avenue and LA Fitness over on Federal Highway above Oakland Park Boulevard.


Used to be you'd see lots of bicycles in front of the gym, along with people walking there from their houses and apartments in Wilton Manors when there was a gym in the plaza where Hunters and the Alibi are but now the majority of gym goers to Crunch and LA Fitness drive there which makes the increasingly bad traffic here even worse.
That bars are the only businesses which seem to be really thriving in WM is a bit troubling. Here's hoping that when the Drive becomes more attractive, a more diverse group of businesses will take a chance. No gym is crazy!
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:06 AM
 
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There are lots of "Jims" in Wilton Manors!
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:37 PM
 
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Maybe you should open one?

No thanks. After seeing the direction this area is going in, I'd like to move somewhere else and have been working on making the money to do so. I'm way over living here because:


The traffic in the Fort Lauderdale area is outrageously bad, especially with all the trains running across major streets and traffic having to stop for them. The only time during the day now that there isn't bumper to bumper traffic all over the place seems to be late at night but of course, none of the supermarkets stay open 24 hours to accommodate the service industry people who work later shifts so everyone has to go out for groceries at the time the stores want them to. Most of the places that used to stay open 24 hours have now reduced their hours due to issues with violence perpetuated by people on drugs or drinking. It also seems developers can't find property to build on anymore that's not next to the noisy train tracks so they build there instead. My idea of luxury is not looking at the top of a train from your balcony.


More and more of the Latins aren't bothering to have the courtesy to speak English when out in public. You wonder why they want to move here if they don't like or want to learn the language. I don't find it an attractive language like French to listen to and it's very irritating to hear more and more of it instead of English being spoken. Hey, we are still part of the United States, although some seem to want it otherwise, but then they'd end up moving to somewhere else in the United States once this area became a banana republic just like the countries they left.


Wilton Manors has become very Gray because mostly only retirees can afford to live there now and there aren't many good paying jobs for younger people unless you can land a job as a bartender in one of the many bars on Wilton Drive or in one of the few restaurants on Wilton Drive. A lot of what there is of the younger crowd is very skanky and homeless looking and seem to have worked their way down here after failing rehab at the detox centers up in Delray.


The job market in the area is mostly about part-time jobs in big box stores so only young Latin or Black people living at home or older retirees supplementing their social security can afford to work for the low pay at part time hours so the companies don't have to give them the benefits they give their full time employees, who are now mostly management employees. The housing costs are way too high for most of the people who live here to afford on their own so there's lots of transient room mate situations and I've heard too much about people losing property to roommates that take off with their stuff.


The housing costs aren't worth the price they charge to rent in what seems to be more and more run down properties. Most of the new construction is super expensive and most of it sits on busy streets where you can't open the windows or sit out on the balconies during nice weather because the street noise is so bad.

The luxury market prices on houses is quickly dropping so it means there's just more of a white flight out of the area. Statistics give this area a white majority of about 60 percent but it doesn't count all the illegals here from places like Haiti and Latin America who seem to be the majority of those involved in hit and run accidents because they won't stop after they've caused an accident and risk being found out as being here illegally when the police ask for their ID.


Except for a few pockets here and there in the neighborhoods, most of the major streets are really ugly being devoid of much landscaping, full of strip malls and lacking in outdoor restaurants because the noise and fumes from the traffic is so bad, nobody much wants to sit outside next to it.


Most of the human scale buildings on Fort Lauderdale Beach where people could sit outside and eat looking at the beach and the ocean with slow moving traffic on Ocean Drive have been torn down and replaced by high rises lacking outdoor restaurants on the first floor. They send a message that no one is welcome on the property but their high rolling hotel room guests.
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:43 PM
 
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One Sample of opportunity knocks if you like gyms so much

https://retrofitness.com/franchising...iAAEgKqSfD_BwE
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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The guy that owned that gym on Wilton Drive (Steel Gym) never paid rent and packed up and moved out in the middle of the night before they evicted him.

I showed that gym to a client but it is very expensive. The upside is that is has 48 dedicated parking spaces behind the gym.
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