Party ends permanently for Ultra nightclub

Girls Gone Wild visits Ultra nightclub in North Naples on Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2011.

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Girls Gone Wild visits Ultra nightclub in North Naples on Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2011.

— The party is over for popular North Naples nightclub Ultra.

In a statement posted late Monday night, Ultra owner Kristian Alekov said that after careful consideration he and his wife Tiffany decided not to re-open the club.

“Sorry to disappoint our friends, customers, and employees, but the local political climate has been difficult and we feel that even if we made it work for another few weeks, it’s just a question of time until they find another reason to shut us down,” Alekov wrote.

On Friday the club, at 15495 U.S. 41 North #111 in North Naples was shuttered after it received a cease and desist order over safety concerns.

Along with the North Naples Fire inspectors, Collier Code Enforcement officials and inspectors from Collier County’s Building Department were at the club Friday looking at violations ranging from fire alarm and sprinkler noncompliance to electrical issues.

In an e-mail Friday night, Collier County spokesman John Torre said a certificate of occupancy would not have been issued with the deficiencies that were discovered this week by the building code and electrical code inspectors.

In addition, Torre wrote that it appeared some unpermitted work had been done after the CO was issued.

When reached for comment on Friday, an Ultra spokesman said that it was disappointing that the club is temporarily out of commission, but that the owners hoped to reopen by Wednesday. The club had a Girls Gone Wild event planned for Wednesday.

However by Monday night, Alekov announced that it wasn’t going to happen.

“We appreciate... all the support for the last 4 years, it was a great run, and it’s time to be done and relax.”

Alekov said the couple felt good about the legacy the Ultra would leave behind, but that Naples isn’t really cut out for nightlife yet.

“Only good thing is that change is inevitable, they can’t keep it boring forever, and whether they like it or not, slowly but surely one day Naples will have night life and entertainment like every other city, and you will be able to go out all night long, have 24 hours restaurants and cafes, and be able to party and enjoy life any way you like,” he wrote. “Again, thank you all for the support, and we hope to see you around!”

On its website, Ultra boasts over 10,000 sq. feet VIP seating, three bars, a large dance area and two large outdoor patios.

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