FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- It's been a record-breaking season for businesses on Fort Myers Beach, and with such a strong season upon us, the question remains: Is season really ending? The answer is no.
The people we spoke to say they are confident business will remain steady as we head into off season. Hotels like Diamond Head are already filling reservations for this summer and that's a clear sign "season" may not be ending.
"We are roughly up 17 percent in room revenue than we were last year, and we don't see that ending anytime soon," said Catering Manager of Diamond Head, John Michaud.
The numbers don't lie, the 2014 season on Fort Myers Beach is a successful one.
"It's been the visitors, it's even been the locals coming out and taking staycations, it's been wonderful."
A spokesperson for Diamond Head says this season, has broken records, making it the best they have had in 10 years.
"The traffic has been nuts, but that just shows season has just begun and hopefully it doesn't stop anytime soon," Michaud told WINK News.
And the fact that people are now making reservations for the summer, shows season isn't going away anytime soon.
"That 17 percent, we aren't looking to drop that. The reservations are still coming in, in the next three months into summer."
The Tourism Development Council pulled some numbers for WINK News. All of Lee County is in great shape! In February 2014, the bed tax collected was almost 17 percent more than what was collected in February 2013. That's percentage tops $4 million.
"No matter what the economy, everyone wants to come to paradise and enjoy the sunshine. It's not too much crazier than last year, but it's picking up," said Sterling Novotny.
Holiday Water Sports has also soaked up the numbers. WINK News is told most of the money they bring in comes during February and March: spring break.
"Florida's tourist season ebbs and flows. In the summer, we get more Europeans, more Germans, people from the UK, and spring time college kids, but it's all consistent."
Now, the TDC gets their numbers by meeting with hoteliers. A spokesperson for the agency says last summer was great, and they expect nothing less this summer. In fact, the outlook is extremely positive.