|By Thomas Becnel
Sun-N-Fun, the huge RV resort east of Interstate 75, draws camping fans from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.
Wait — make that from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast.
More than 1,500 Midwestern and Canadian snowbirds visit the Sarasota park each winter. The Fruitville Road facility offers everything from tennis and golf — well, disc golf — to swimming and volleyball, shuffleboard and lawn bowling.
Now the two-time "Mega-Resort of the Year" is about to open a $5.5-million indoor pool and health club.
"We're looking forward to the gym," said JoAnn Boehlke of Ontario. "They've got something for everyone."
Boehlke is a 63-year-old retiree, which people find hard to believe, because she looks like a 43-year-old gymnast. She used to play volleyball and tennis — she won a Florida Senior Games singles title — but a rotator cuff injury sent her to the pool.
"Now I'm up to swimming half a mile," she says, "and doing water aerobics."
Our newest project the Sun N Fun Indoor Pool & Exercise Center will be seeking LEED-NC Gold certification. Here is a little teaser of the project.
The project includes a large indoor pool, aerobics room, weight training center, as well as a mind / body therapy studio. Green features include large amounts of natural lighting, geo-thermal cooling, a planted green roof, solar water heating, and rain water storage for irrigation and flushing.