Boat sales have increased since the pandemic began, which means more people need a place to store them – and businesses in Southwest Florida are getting creative to keep customers. Gulf Star Marina on Fort Myers Beach is one of them, and the business is launching a new, fully automatic storage system – the first of its kind. The unique $20 million system uses a series of shuttles and a crane that runs on a rail to launch and retrieve the boats. When you bring back your boat, the team washes it by hand before it’s loaded onto the shuttle and taken back to its storage bay, WINK News reports
Luminary Hotel & Co.
, the 243-room waterfront hotel opening next month in downtown Fort Myers, Florida, announced the name of its new onsite coffee roastery, Dean Street Coffee. Named for the extension of Dean Street that used to exist where the Luminary Hotel now sits, Dean Street Coffee will provide the specially brewed coffee flowing through the hotel, its guest rooms, various dining outlets, and the Caloosa Sound Convention Center. Overseeing the roastery operation will be newly appointed manager Aaron Hearn, who is working closely with Master Roaster Ulrich Winckler, an award-winning coffee and tea expert, and president of Rebel Coffee in Cape Coral. The Luminary Hotel will be a part of the Autograph Collection of Marriott International Inc. and is expected to be the first Autograph hotel in the Fort Myers-Naples area.