FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- It's been one week since we moved the clocks ahead an hour, and just about everybody is enjoying that extra hour of daylight. For months, WINK News has covered the push to make the change permanent. WINK News is learning how more sunlight could boost local businesses.
Spring forward, or fall back, twice a year...we are programmed to change our clocks for daylight savings time.
"For the time change, I think it's hard mentally to get used to, but on physical stand point, easier to have it be light later and you get to do more activities," said Fish-Tale Marina owner, Al Durrett.
But imagine if we didn't have to fiddle with our clocks at all.
"I think it would be a great thing for the State of Florida, especially here on the Gulf coast."
State Representative, Mark Danish of Tampa, agrees, that's why he is pushing for the Sunshine Protection Act, which would have Florida running on daylight saving time all year round.
"I think it takes so long to adjust your body clock to an hour difference in time change," said visitor Leslie Mindemann.
More sunlight and an extra hour of light, means more business for places like the Fish-Tale Marina on Fort Myers Beach.
"When it gets darker later you can stay out on boat later, customers can afford to go to dinner by boat and it would be light when they get back," said Durrett.
Al Durrett is on board with more sun in the sunshine state and says it could even make things safer on the 7-mile barrier island.
"It would be much more helpful to the pedestrian walking on the streets at night."
If the bill passes, it would go into effect this year. Right now, Hawaii and Arizona do not have day light saving time.