3 days ago, 01/22/2015 at 5:01pm
And It Isn’t Even Season Yet!
I’m hearing that phrase a lot lately and I bet you are too as our seasonal population surges earlier than we’ve seen in several years. Season is expanding.
Some define "season” as Valentine’s Day to the week after Easter, but it’s been pushing those boundaries for several years and even our summers have been busier as our Island paradise is discovered by more and more people.
You can tell by the smiles on our hoteliers and bartenders faces that more people on our Island translate into more business for them. Vacation rentals, jet-ski businesses, retail stores, ice cream shops, restaurants, the list goes on – if you work or live here, season usually means income. It also translates into more jobs, always a good thing. It even seems to carry over into the shrimping industry as one local shrimper just celebrated bringing in a cool $1 million worth of shrimp in 2014 – the first time that has happened – ever.
So, Welcome Back Snowbirds! Welcome Back Vacationers! Welcome Back Day Trippers!
We’re happy you’re here and are able to experience the Island lifestyle that we love so much we live here!
In season, however you want to define it, there are some challenges that come with an Island crowded with people enjoying the good life, traffic being one of them.
So here is a traffic primer for everyone who doesn’t live here year round…
Starting at the north end of the Island, that first mile between Bowditch Point Park and Time Square is owned by the Town of Fort Myers Beach.