The new Pelican's SnoBalls & mini golf in Lehigh Acres will likely open in early or mid-March, according to the owners.
Owned by Gateway residents Roy and Cindy Bailey, assisted by their daughter and General Manager Andrea Garcia, it is at 601 Williams Ave.
This week and probably next week, the family-owned attraction will be open daily from noon to 9 p.m., with free parking is available.
Roy Bailey, one of the owners of the new Pelican’s SnoBalls & mini golf, expects it to open in March.
The Pelican's SnoBalls in Lehigh is one of many along the southern east coast of the United States, and each location is a franchise.
The venue's site once housed a mini golf course.
"We've refurbished it, added a lot of things and are presently getting the water fixed for the stream that runs through the 18-hole golf course," Roy Bailey said.
"When we have everything like we want it, we hope a lot of people will come and visit us and have the time of their life,"?he added.
One of the greatest features at Pelican's is its "SnoBalls," created with 100 flavors to choose from.
"You heard me right," Bailey said. "We've got 100 flavors and it's a flavored SnoBall for sure."
Where does the snow come from, he was asked.
"We've got equipment in the building on the golf course grounds where we make our own giant ice," Bailey said. "We filter the water to make it pure and then it goes through a process that shaves the ice down to what is fluffy snow."
Next, the flavor is picked.
"If you have never had one, you're in for a great surprise," Garcia said.
She will mostly be working the front window of the venue.
"Dad will be here too, and we're going to hire a few employees to be on hand," Garcia said.
Bailey said Pelican's is going to offer special events for locals, such as for birthday parties and educational school field trips.
"We have these small signs in the mini golf course area," he said. "They may contain subjects that their teachers are discussing in the classroom."
He noted that he wants to allow schools and clubs to sell their merchandise on site.
Bailey previously worked as a commercial banking manager.
"When we decided we wanted to get a franchise in the mini golf business, we looked all over and really couldn't find the ideal spot,"?he said. "A stand-alone small building and enough room for a fun mini golf course is what was needed.
"We couldn't find what we wanted and didn't want to be in a strip mall," Bailey added. "One day we were riding around and came by this place along Williams Street. We drove into the parking lot and right in front of us was what was once a mini golf course and building on the grounds."
He called the site ideal.
"Knowing that Lehigh is under-served, and we have heard a lot of kids say there isn't much to do in Lehigh, we thought this would be an ideal place for our SnoBalls & mini golf site,"?Bailey said.
"We went about refurbishing and adding a lot of things we came up with and it is like new,"?he said, adding that they also have getting the word out about the venue.
The property was previously owned by a local dermatologist.
"We've painted every inch and now all we are waiting for is getting the stream running in golf site area," Bailey said.
In addition to the mini golf, there is a game area where visitors can play corn hole, Tiki Toss and Flamingo ring and toss.
"The kids can paint on a big blackboard using water," he said. "They will have chalk and Hula Hoops, and we will be changing games from time to time."
On "Tailgate Tuesday," special SnoBalls will be offered.
"We going to have a Pup Cup for the dogs, too, but it will be on the outside," Bailey said. "In the snow cone will be a dog bone and maybe some peanut butter."
He added that Pelican's will have a mobile unit, so they can attend festivals and other events and sell their SnoBalls.
"That will help us get the word out, see our name," Bailey said.
"We're going to open in a few weeks,"?he added. "Keep your eyes on us - we will even have SnoBalls hanging on the gates around the site."