Existing Roller Coasters (1)
Defunct Roller Coasters (1)
|Notes:||The Zoomers project has been in the works since 2002. Tim Miles and Dr. Ron Heromin were the original partners in the 18 acre park. The first opening mentioned was November 2005 and this was pushed back several times based on the outgoing message on the park's answering machine. February 2006 was the last opening mentioned before the park's answering machine was shut off.|
On visit to the park on April 16th, 2006 the park was found to be mostly complete -- multi-level go-cart tracks had been built, the roller coaster and a few other amusement rides where present, the sign was up, the parking lot was paved / painted and the building was mostly complete with a few arcade games inside. There did appear to be an absence of any construction activity --- as if construction has stopped.
It appears the project went bankrupt before being completed. On October 10th, 2006 the nearly completed park was listed for sale at LoopNet and mentioned that "All offers subject to Bankruptcy Court approval." The listing appears to have been present since August 18th, 2006.
In August 2007, a news story mentioned work had resumed on the park and the park was to open for Labor Day. The park never did open and in September 2007, another news story about Zoomers was found mentioning a second bankruptcy/reorganization.
On April 30th, 2008, two men were arrested for stealing sections of the roller coaster track out of the parking lot and trying to sell it for scrap metal. Amazingly, two days later two more men were arrested making their own attempt to recycle the track. While it's clear the men steeling the track from the parking lot were trying to make a buck, it isn't clear why the roller coaster track was in the parking lot. The roller coaster was in place and fully assembled in 2006.
On June 19th, 2008 the Florida Community Bank took ownership of the park after making the only bid in a foreclosure sale. Dr. Ronald Heromin an orthopedic surgeon from Englewood was listed as the manager/member of the park's company. In the track theft stories from weeks early, Timothy Miles was mentioned as a property owner. These are the same partners who started the Zoomers project in 2002.
In January 2010, both the Florida Community Bank and the Premier American Bank were closed by the State of Florida Office of Financial Regulation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named receiver. How the Premier American Bank fits into this isn't quite understood, but it appears to be the park's owner prior to the FDIC. On June 24th, 2011, the FDIC sold the park at auction to an unnamed Fort Meyers Beach resident for $1,385,000. Alan Fluke, a Raleigh, NC based amusement park consultant has been hired as project manager to reopen the park.