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Late Easter, April cold mean longer stays for Southwest Florida visitors

– A passenger jet flies overhead a car carrier being loaded at Young’s Transport on Friday, April 18, 2014, in Fort Myers.
A good gauge of the changing seasons is the number of car haulers spotted on local roads.
Jeanne Phillips, a dispatcher for Young’s Auto Transport Inc., off Alico Road south of Fort Myers, said business started picking up in
March for seasonal residents returning up North, but it will remain strong through June.
It has been an unusual year, with more cars delivered later in season.
“Normally, we would take a little breather in February and we never got that,” Phillips said. “They were still coming down.
I think they were just so tired from the snow.” Seasonal residents are also coming earlier than they used to. “It used to be they would come after Labor Day, and we saw quite a few booking in August this year,” Phillips said.
May is the company’s busiest month for hauling cars back up North and it has no more spots available until June. Its customers are mostly from the Midwest, and the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan

Published by The Naples Daily News on 4/19/14

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