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Doak Schulte, a visitor from Northern Kentucky, was busy sweeping water from the town’s pickleball courts at Bayfront Park. He said pickleball players love the game and wanted to get back to it. “Neither wind, nor rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor presidential succession will keep us from our appointed rounds,” he said. 

Three years, plenty of planning and plain hard work later, the YMCA of South Collier (Marco Y) has unveiled its nine new pickleball courts.

IslandWalk residents took part in a fundraiser to help pay for mammograms for those who can’t afford them.

Next year, the new Pictoria pickleball complex in Holly Hill, Florida, is set to host two tournaments including one put on by the International Federation of Pickleball that is expected to draw players from 27 countries.

Pickleball players in Sebastian Florida are unhappy at having to pay $5 to play matches under the lights.

Reverie, Dream Finders’ “flagship” adult active lifestyle community, will have 550 homesites with private amenities that include pickleball courts.

Billed as the “Wimbledon of Pickleball” and slated to be one of the biggest pickleball venues in Florida, Pictona at Hollyland Park in Holly Hill is nearing completion for a summer opening.

The pickleball crowd isn’t exactly akin to a biker gang. They show up in shorts rather than leathers carrying backpacks rather than chain wallets. But show up they do, in huge numbers on weekday mornings at county parks to play the game that has taken over, literally.

A proposal to raise pickleball membership fees at two popular Collier County parks has caused a stir among players and prompted closer scrutiny of a contract between the county and its pickleball concessionaire.

In about six weeks time, four new pickleball courts will be ready for matches at Jim Legrone Park in Crystal River.

As the Volusia ECHO program faces an uncertain future, Holly Hill has already invested $1 million in funds toward a massive pickleball arena across from City Hall.

Giuffrida Park is the oldest neighborhood park in Cape Coral, as well as one of the smallest. So, when the city announced plans to install pickleball courts in the park as part of the city’s $60 million voter-approved parks Master Plan, some neighbors in the area cried foul.

Gerri Jamieson said she moved to the Villages to play pickleball — something she can take advantage of even in the coldest months of the year.

In a roundabout way, pickleball is similar to table tennis.

“It is very easy to play,” said Seminole Recreation Leader Kacy Little. “For anybody who has played racquet sports before, even pingpong. I personally describe it as full-sized pingpong. The racquet you use, the ball you are using, the layout of the court.”

PICKLEBALL in PARADISE Pickleball is here to stay as its popularity continues to grow

Despite liability concerns, the Punta Gorda City Council agreed to a partnership between the city and PicklePlex at Florida Southwestern State College for future phase two development of the pickleball complex.

It’s a new year, so how about trying a new sport: pickleball. Seriously, that’s the goofy name of a fast-growing game that’s a combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton.

PicklePlex serves up big economic numbers STAFF WRITER PUNTA GORDA — There’s no denying the profits that come with pickleball in Charlotte County. With only three tournaments so far at PicklePlex of Punta Gorda, the game has generated nearly $1.4 million in economic impact for the area. Economic impact is an analysis that examines the…

Gary Curreri – Sun Sentinel Correspondent Jan 24, 2020 Michael Niss, 57, of Parkland, returns a shot during the third annual pickleball tournament at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. (Gary Curreri) Pickleball has become a family affair for a Parkland family. Michael and Daniella Niss took up the sport about four years ago and soon […]

300-Unit Apartment Complex with Pickleball coming in Panama City Beach, Florida. Community amenities will include pickleball courts.

Dozens of people met at the future location of Sands Park, in Cape Coral, Florida, on Saturday, not to protest the possible pickleball courts that could go there, but how the proposed courts would impact the site’s burrowing owls.

HOLLY HILL — Even though the opening of the Pictona pickleball complex here is five months away, word is already spreading across the country among enthusiasts

Asia Sherman – January 13, 2020 Pickleball players hit the courts for a game of doubles at the Key Biscayne Community Center (Asia Sherman/Key News) Stop in the Key Biscayne Community Center any day of the week, and you’ll find the gym hopping with active seniors paddling bright orange plastic balls over modified tennis nets. […]

HOLLY HILL — The 24-court pickleball complex or “Pictona” as it is named is on schedule for completion and when it opens it will offer a place for players to congregate, a community garden and dine-in restaurant.

Welcome to Pickleball Daytona at Holly Hill Welcome to Pickleball Daytona at Holly Hill Check out the latest Pictona construction updates HERE. _______________________________ Our club has exciting plans for the development of pickleball in the greater Daytona area. Through a public-private partnership, the Club is building 24 courts, 8 of which will be covered, at Hollyland…

Pickleball court renovations complete at Brooks Park Lee County Parks & Recreation has transformed the remaining two tennis courts into six additional pickleball courts at Brooks Park, 50 South Road, south of Page Field. The renovations began on Dec. 2 and were completed on Dec. 20. The site now has 12 outdoor pickleball courts. For […]

Hot amenity: We just put in 37 pickleball courts at Verano in Port St. Lucie. We’re building 40 pickleball courts at a Cresswind in Atlanta. As that sport grows, we’re growing right along with it.

That sound you might be hearing today — similar to loud pings — are likely coming from the PicklePlex on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.

As one of America’s fastest growing sports, the popularity of pickleball isn’t stopping at the borders. Play is now global — and local influence is bringing world class players to the region in a big way with the first World Pickleball Championship.

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Lee County Parks & Recreation continues to cater to the growing sport of pickleball by doubling the number of courts in one park.

In two short years, Boca Raton’s Jay Barbour has fallen in love with the sport of pickleball.

“It is the most inclusive and friendly community,” said the 49-year-old who participated in the third annual pickleball tournament at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.

Meet The Pros – Athena Trouillot represents some of the young tennis players who are finding their competitive edge fits well with the game of pickleball. She also likes to give back by sharing her best skills in training others.

Quick-thinking Villagers used an AED to save the life of a fellow pickleball player in cardiac arrest.

It could not be determined who called the police but the call was made around 10 a.m. on Nov. 23, according to a PGPD incident report.
Police responded to an anonymous complaint stating there was a “numerous amount of pickleball players” using five pickleball nets, whereas only four nets are authorized by the city to be used at the public courts.

The Stardust Skate Center will become the 24,000-square-foot indoor Sarasota Pickleball Academy.
The Stardust Skate Center rink in Sarasota is becoming an indoor pickleball facility to meet the demand of a growing population of pickleball players in the area.

Sarasota resident Brian McCarthy is working to establish an indoor pickleball club at the 12th Avenue building that housed Stardust Skate Center. by: David Conway Deputy Managing Editor An iconic former Sarasota roller skating rink is in line to get transformed into a hub for one of the region’s most popular athletic activities. A sign outside of…

LINK TO VIDEO DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Hundreds of people came to Delray Beach to play one of the fastest-growing sports in America. The Delray Beach Gunther Pickleball Classic Tournament took place this weekend at the Delray Tennis Center. Pickleball is tennis, badminton and ping-pong, played on a smaller tennis court. Professional pickleball players participated in…

Palm Beach County Represented by 140 Athletes in 2019 Florida Senior Games Boca Raton, FL – The Greater Fort Lauderdale area becomes the eighth community to host the annual Florida Senior Games, when the 2019 Florida Senior Games presented by Humana, begin on December 6 with 23 sports and events competing over 10 days of […]

Dec 06, 2019         TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A new sport with an odd name is getting some exposure here in Tallahassee. Tom Brown Park is now home to a Pickleball court. This Sunday, the city wants you to come out to celebrate the new court. You can learn how to play […]

“My father introduced us to pickleball when we evacuated Florida from Hurricane Irma last year. We went to Pennsylvania and played for two weeks straight. We haven’t stopped since!”

Tim Croft @PSJ_Star Nov 21, 2019 at 12:01 AM Pickleball vs. tennis With some insurance and FEMA payments flowing in, the city is examining best uses and one of the priority items is rebuilding Frank Pate Park. Toward that end the city will be putting up new fencing around the tennis courts at Frank Pate Park. The question posed to […]

Do you hear that? The rhythmic pops. The sounds of laughter in the air. The friendly cheers and high-fives. Those are the sounds of pickleball vacations calling your name!

It was just after . noon, and pickleball instructor Jay Jaudon was standing in the middle of eight empty pickleball courts in a facility adjacent to The Lodge at Country Club East.If you have been following the rapid rise of pickleball, you understand that having eight empty pickleball courts is a rarity these days when demand far outweighs supply.

on November 08, 2019 By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Council members voted unanimously to retain Erik Brechnitz as Council Chair.   The war of the “courts” once again erupted at the November 4 Marco Island City Council Meeting. The “courts” being referred to had nothing to do with legal halls of justice, but instead dealt with […]

Florida earned the No. 5 spot on a Bankrate ranking of the best states in the U.S. to retire. by: Business Observer Staff Nebraska is best. That’s the outcome of a new study from financial services company Bankrate that ranked the best — and worst — states in the U.S. to retire. Where was Florida — […]

By Hector Flores Deputy County Administrator Aug 20, 2019 Dever Rec Center Another facility we expect to be wildly popular opened on Monday. The Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park recreation center at 6961 San Casa Drive in Englewood also is a sales tax project. The $6.5 million, 23,000-square-foot recreation center has a multipurpose gymnasium, […]

by: Ray Boone Sports Editor The Rotary Club of Flagler Beach hosts the club’s inaugural Pickleball Tournament fundraiser on Sept. 27-29 at Wadsworth Park, located at 2200 Moody Blvd. The four-day event will kick off with a meet-and-greet from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Tortugas’ Florida Kitchen and Bar, located at 608 S. Ocean Shore Blvd. […]

Registration is open for the inaugural World Pickleball Open (WPO) hosted by Kolter Homes, a leader in developing next-generation, master-planned active adult communities in the Southeastern U.S. The event will be held December 12-15, 2019 at Kolter’s PGA Village Verano Pickleball Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida. With 26 pickleball courts plus a championship court […]

Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida   About Us The Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida, based out of East Naples Community Park is the premiere training academy for pickleball lessons and activities of all ages and skill levels. From beginner to advanced clinics, to private and semi-private lessons; including destination camps, team building programs and tournaments…

“In just over two weeks we will be honoring Thomas Beres, as we host the Tommy Pickleball Classic. Thomas Beres recently died suddenly of a heart attack. We will have a couple of special events that you won’t want to miss. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Tom’s favorite charity, The Juvenile…

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