FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Business leaders hope two small converted campers will make a big impact on Fort Myers beach.
The Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce launched a fundraising campaign for the purchase of two 16' Airstream "Bambi" travel trailers and the costs associated with making them mobile visitor information centers.
"We came up with the idea of brining visitor information right on the beach, right where the visitors are walking. Right now our visitor's information is about two miles off the beach," Chamber President Bud Nocera said.
The conversion entails removing the trailer's interior, adding a vendor wagon opening with a walk-up counter, and mounting a flatscreen TV to display messages for visitors.
According to Nocera, the budget for each unit is $30,000 including purchase and costs of converting it. The chamber purchased the first one for $15,000, but the conversion and bus wrap will cost $13,500, of which the chamber has raised $8500. An additional $5,000 is needed to complete the first unit to be situated on Old San Carlos near Times Square.
Nocera hopes to have the money raised by the end of the month to have the center operational in time for peak season.
A second mobile visitor center is anticipated for Santini Plaza on the south end of the island.
To make a donation towards the purchase of a "bambi," click here.