South Cape Coral businesses host first ever joint New Years Eve party

CREATED Dec. 31, 2013

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - If you're out and about on New Year's Eve in South Cape Coral, you may see signs for a trolley stop.

It's all apart of the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association's new idea to ring in 2014.

"The idea is to allow people to do something different for New Year's Eve, which is go to 12 different locations, experience their type of food, their drink, their atmosphere and maybe one day they will want to come back and be a customer," Shelly Cranford, owner of Back Streets Sports bar, said.

A trolley will take you between all 12 locations. All you need is a wristband, which you can get at any participating spot and it will cost you $5. 

Organizers say it's the best way to eat, play and stay in the Cape.

"Keep it in the Cape, keep it in the Cape, keep it in the Cape," Cranford said.  "We can't say it enough. If you live here and you pay your taxes here you should have your fun here too."
"It's a good way to promote the city and people get to see things they haven't seen before," Cape Coral resident David Ciarlillo said.
Ciarlillo says he always celebrates New Years in the Cape.
"There's a lot of hidden treasures in the Cape," Ciarlillo said. "It's a diamond in the rough. It's a great place to live."
And if you celebrate in South Cape, you won't have to worry about drinking and driving. You can park your car for free in a public parking lot and hop on the trolley at any location.
By ringing in the New Year trolley style, you not only will have a fun and safe night, but you'll also help local businesses start 2014 off right.
"We aren't exactly in a thriving situation so let's keep all money that we possibly can in our home town of Cape Coral," Cranford said.
The trolley runs from 7 p.m. to midnight. 
Participating locations: Ralph's Place, Dixie Roadhouse, Rack 'Em Billiards, Backstreets, Red's Seafood, Tubby's Bar, Tiki Hut at Dolphin Key, Monkey Bar, Brew Babies, Ford's Garage, Cruiser's Lounge and the Dek.