PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - In a matter of months we could soon see cars racing around the track at the Punta Gorda Speedway.
Right now, the property, owned by the Charlotte County Airport Authority, is rundown and sitting idle. The new tenant told Wink News about his plan to get business there rolling again!
"We have been looking for someone to come in and operate the track after the last fellow left. We are pretty excited we think we found the right guy," said Pamella Seay with the Charlotte County Airport Authority.
That guy is Jamie Haase with Haase Enterprises. He gave the Airport Authority a business plan to breathe new life into the blighted property and officials gave him the lease.
"We have allowed nine months for them to get it up and operational for the racing. He indicates that he can get it up and operational in two months about 60 days or by at least October," she said.
Haase says he plans to rename the property Three Palms Speedway and use the venue to host a variety of events.
"Carnivals or even an open circus kind of thing, just different ways that you can generate not only, you know, revenue from the facility but to get more people in the community actively involved with coming out to the track," he said.
"...and these are things that will be happening not just on a Saturday night but throughout the weekend during the week so that there is activity going on that young people can get involved in," Seay said.
Last year, the FAA told the Punta Gorda Airport it had to raise the rent to about $7,000 a month. The old speedway tenant wouldn't pay. He left in March.