In the Know: FastTrax amusement park in works for Zoomers site in Fort Myers

David Dorsey
| Fort Myers News-Press

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In the Know: Zoomers sold, will become FastTrax Entertainment

In the Know: Zoomers sold, will become FastTrax Entertainment. Slated to reopen in late January of February

At Zoomers amusement park, the previous owner decided to zig, and the new one zagged.

One person’s challenge become another’s opportunity. A $2.8 million transaction for Zoomers at 17455 Summerlin Road followed in July.

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down the park in mid-March.

By mid-July, previous owner Mike Barnes just couldn’t handle the challenge brought on by the novel coronavirus any more.

At about the same time, Pat and Lisa Ciniello, owners of HeadPinz Entertainment Centers in Florida, were dealing with their own challenges.

Pat Ciniello said he had an $11-$13 million construction project planned. He was set to build FastTrax Entertainment, a new amusement part that would flank the existing HeadPinz Bowling and entertainment center at 14513 Global Parkway, adjacent to Treeline Avenue, in Fort Myers, south of Daniels Parkway.

“That was sort of scary to try and do during this particular point in time,” said Ciniello, who is also the chairman of the board for AMF – American Machine and Foundry – a manufacturing company. “We put everything on hold up there.”

With Zoomers shut down and with Ciniello still desiring to branch out and expand his entertainment business with the new brand of Fast Trax, he decided to purchase it.

Barnes paid $1.3 million for it in 2011 and sold it for $2.8 million to Ciniello.

“After eight years of operation, Zoomers is ready for its next chapter,” Barnes said. “I couldn’t be more pleased turning it over to the Ciniellos. It has been an exciting experience that we couldn’t have accomplished without our exceptional team.”

The lot sits on 18 acres of land, and it was appraised at $4.7 million, meaning Ciniello found himself a deal, and Barnes unloaded his challenges.

Renovations began this fall to transform Zoomers into FastTrax, which will retain some of the park rides and the indoor arcade with about 80 games. But Ciniello is spending about $6 million to upgrade the rest of the park. He said he would reconsider developing his land next to the Fort Myers HeadPinz after COVID-19 clears.

All of the gas-powered go-karts have been replaced with electric-running cars instead.

A new, electric-powered bumper car attraction will be added. Fresh coats of paint will be applied to the existing roller coaster. The putt-putt course will be improved.

Another new attraction: Duck-pin bowling.

There will be seven bowling lanes installed inside on the second floor. The new style of bowling has caught on in the northeast and the Midwest but had yet to make it to Southwest Florida. Until now.

The park will reopen with the new branding by late January or early February.

“It was interesting, No. 1,” Ciniello said. “No. 2, we felt that we could make a run for it. We could make it happen. It was attractive. It was below the appraised value. It’s a beautiful property. It really is. It’s a great location between Fort Myers, Sanibel-Captiva and Fort Myers Beach.”

The new, environmentally friendly and electric go-karts will have additional safety features. They can all be shut down at the touch of a button, for example.

“They’re fast,” said Curtis Stavich, the general manager of HeadPinz Entertainment. “These can reach 35 to 40 miles an hour. With gas, it takes longer to get to top speed. When you finally get to top speed, you have to slow down to make a turn. These get to top speed much faster.”

FastTrax also will expand its kitchen and dining options and will add two additional bars with the goal of attracting more adults.

Stavich said he anticipated bringing in 50-55 employees. Previous employees of Zoomers would be considered first. He said he was excited to offer new entertainment options for area and visiting youth. The park will install COVID-19 precautions as well.

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Alico Road widening project

Work began 7 p.m. Sunday to widen Alico Road from two to four lanes. The work, which will require overnight lane closures and lane shifts for paving from Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to Airport Haul Road, is scheduled through Sunday, Nov. 22.

The $18 million project is scheduled to be finished late spring of 2021. It will include a shared-use path, improved drainage and the installation of new underground facilities.

D.R. Horton enters Hendry County

D.R. Horton of Southwest Florida is selling Express Homes in LaBelle.

These will be move-in ready by early 2021.

There will be two single-family floor plans, “Boardwalk” and “Freeport,” starting in the high $100,000 range, ranging from 1,389 to 1,499 square feet and three-to-four bedrooms and two bathrooms with a two-car garage.

“These one-story properties don tailor-made features to fit every lifestyle and capitalize on LaBelle’s nature-inspired surroundings,” a D.R. Horton news release said. “They range from low-maintenance decorative shutters, paver driveways and walkways, to professionally designed landscaping. Inside, potential homeowners will enjoy designer-selected light fixtures, classic quartz countertops, stainless-steel appliances, picture-frame cabinetry, timeless ceramic tile flooring, cozy wall-to-wall carpeting in select spaces and the industry-leading D.R. Horton Home is Connected, smart home package.”

Info: D.R. Homes (239) 560-4461.

Health care job fair

Area health care providers will combined forces for a virtual job fair. It will be free and take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Zoom.

Cypress Cove, Hope Healthcare, Lee Health, NCH Healthcare System, Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida, Shell Point Retirement Community, Cape Coral Technical College, Fort Myers Technical College, iTECH – Immokalee Technical College, Lorenzo Walker Technical College and Career Source SWFL are among the participating providers.

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Note: The In the Know column will be on hiatus next week and will return Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Connect with this reporter: David Dorsey (Facebook), @DavidADorsey (Twitter).


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