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Snowbird relocation center opens in North Fort Myers

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- Roads will soon be jam-packed as snowbirds make their return to Southwest Florida. For all those making the annual migration, there is now a new resource center located on Hancock Bridge Parkway near Palm Street.

The Snowbird Station has a new lease on life like the many people who walk through its doors. The building once sat dormant for years, but it’s now a deli and a one-stop shop for snowbirds flocking to the area.

“It’s like a relocation flee market,” said owner Dawn Smith.

Former snowbirds who are now permanent residents say they could have used this when they moved.

“I think it will be great for new people,” said Bill Askew.

“It could be very helpful, it could be very helpful,” added Fred Wendt.

Inside the relocation outlet, you can grab a bite, get insured and find a place to live, which can be difficult during tourist season.

“Every year now 10 to 20 percent of those people are actually relocating,” said Smith. “It’s kind of what the economy here thrives on.”

Finding a doctor, a lawyer and even a cell phone provider are just a few of the services that will soon be available at the Snowbird Station. The official grand opening will be next month.

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