06/10/2013 at 6:53pm
About 150 Chamber members, friends, dignitaries and members of the press turned out last Thursday night at Fish-Tale Marina for the official unveiling of a new mobile information center that will alternate from the south end of the island to the north offering visitors and locals alike up-to-the-minute information on area businesses.
Those attending the unveiling were in for a quite a treat as they noshed on delicious tidbits from local eateries and socialized while listening to the musical stylings of Apocalypso. Just before the unveiling of the converted travel trailer – named 'Roxie' in honor of long-time Chamber member and tireless advocate for tourism Roxie Smith, whose daughter and granddaughter were present. Councilwoman Jo List sang a breathtaking acappella version of 'America the Beautiful'.
'Roxie' was made from a refurbished 1967 airstream trailer and features brochure racks, table and chairs for a small meeting, a microwave and a computer monitor for marketing. Paid for by fund-raising efforts held over the past year, the trailer is festooned with brightly colored wrap-around artwork created by Dave Drotleff.
"It's rather lighthearted as I wanted to portray Fort Myers Beach in a whimsical fashion,” said Drotleff, a jewelry designer for Congress Jewelers in Fort Myers. "I've been working on this for about a year from the first rough drawing, and Chamber President Bud Nocera hooked me up with a company in January that created the wrap itself from my graphic design.”
"Roxie" will be stationed in a parking lot on Old San Carlos Boulevard – in space donated by Jon Richard and in Santini Marina Plaza – in space donated by Al Durrett. The Chamber plans on rotating the two spots until enough funds are collected to refurbish a second trailer.
The Chamber is seeking volunteers to staff the trailer. They will provide training for those willing to volunteer for 4-hour shifts. To volunteer call 239-454-7500.
Keri Hendry Weeg