Hotels, shops by JetBlue Park gear up for busiest time of year
CREATED Feb. 3, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb. 4, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - "Spring training is a big thing for the hotels down here," explained Heather Stephan, the assistant manager at the Floridan Airport Inn on Treeline Avenue in Fort Myers.
So much so that it's getting a face lift. A new paint job for the 108 room hotel two miles from JetBlue Park.
"A lot more people come down here to see the Red Sox play," added Stephan.
It's why Stephan aims to upgrade the hotel to a Sheraton as soon as possible.
"We'll be having a full restaurant and bar that will do breakfast lunch and dinner," said Stephan. "We have done a ton of renovations."
And new businesses are cropping up near the 11,000-person capacity stadium.
"They're checking out the park and actually that's getting us noticed, said James Langdale, the co-owner of Mustang Performance nearby.
The bike and trike service shop is a three-minute drive from the complex. Owners settled in the digs four months ago.
"We get a lot of traffic coming by," added Langdale.
Langdale said business has about tripled since the start of the year. He's even added a new service.
"If someone has a breakdown, we will pick them up and go over the bike when it's repaired, at no charge if we do the work," explained Langdale.
And while the park gears up for fans, those surrounding it are too. They're making sure the bikes are shiny and the pool looks its best just in time for spring training.
"It's pretty much the whole month of march, we're sold out," said Stephan.