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What’s Happening with Bonita Springs – March 24th Edition

What’s happening with Bonita Springs? A lot! Bonita Springs, along with Southwest Florida as a whole, is always full of news and events. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on in the Bonita Springs area.

Bonita Spring’s Pirate Ship Up for Sale

If you live in Bonita Springs, you may have driven by our pirate ship – a property shaped like a pirate ship that has been appraised for $1.35 million but has sat vacant for nine years.

An auction was supposed to occur to sell The Ship, as it is known, but it was cancelled because numerous offers were placed for the property. The current plans – who is buying it and what they will do with it – are as of yet undisclosed, but are definitely excited to see what comes of it.

Local Leaders Continue Push for Slots at Nearby Racing Track

If local leaders have their way, the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track could have slot machines.

Local leaders have been trying to find a way to allow slot machine gambling at local properties – namely the track – as a way to increase local revenue and offer an additional draw for tourism. Currently, the Seminole Tribe of Florida is the sole entity that is allowed to have gambling, but if recent efforts succeed at the state level, that could change.

For those interested, hearing a yes or no on the proposal could take another year for a proposal that has been in the works since 2012. If it happens, though, tourists and locals alike could have another entertainment option at their disposal.

Bonita Springs Continues to Grow

We talked previously about how some residents of Pelican Landing declined to join Bonita Springs. That doesn’t mean the city isn’t growing. In fact, the city has received numerous requests for annexation, including some from Pelican Landing and other nearby communities.

Voluntary annexations are signs that the city is attractive to area residents and is a preferred destination for many.