News release from Sidelines Sports Bar:
Sidelines Sports Bar is delighted to announce its support of the new “green” shuttle service in Wilton Manors, the Green Hopper. The owners of Sidelines have been proactively searching for ways to help alleviate the parking challenges faced by patrons when visiting the city as a result of the diminishing number of parking spaces along “the Drive”. One such solution was found in the Green Hopper.
The Green Hopper, a new local shuttle service, provides safe, convenient and free transportation aboard their 100% electric and zero emission 5-passenger vehicles around Wilton Manors’ Island City area. Once aboard, residents and visitors can enjoy a no-fee ride anywhere in Wilton Manors. While the Green Hopper does not charge a fee to ride, funding is generated by customer’s generous tips to their drivers and paid advertising sponsors, such as Sidelines Sports Bar.
The inaugural ride of the Green Hopper was on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2009, and the reception from both commuters and gay businesses along the driver was extraordinarily positive and supportive. Riders were flagging down the Green Hoppers and hopping aboard only to be dropped off at their favorite hot stops, while others were calling ahead for scheduled pick-ups. The Green Hopper was busily hopping around Wilton Manors taking its many riders to their chosen locations in comfort and style.
“We are so excited to be the very first advertiser of this unique and fun service. The Green Hopper has carved out a niche by providing an alternative to driving around town looking for a parking space. Our customers and our community now have an alternative to getting around easily and safely”, stated Laurie Whittaker, owner of Sidelines Sports Bar. “Kudos to the Green Hopper!”
About The Green Hopper
The Green Hopper is the brainchild of Alan Carter, a longtime Wilton Manors’ resident, who saw an opportunity to offer his community something fun, safe, and sensible. Mr. Carter and his business partner, Angelo Bartolome, have been developing this idea for over a year. The Green Hopper is Wilton Manors’ newest and most affordable and convenient transportation system, consisting of 100% electric, zero emission, 5-passenger vehicles. The seats are comfortable and seatbelt equipped for safety and protection. Their drivers are personable and maintain a high degree of customer service skills. For more information about the Green Hopper’s coverage area, hopper stops, or hours of operation, visit them online at www.thegreenhopper.com.
About Sidelines Sports Bar
Sidelines Sports Bar, with its 16 flat-screen TVs, 3 pool tables, 3 dartboards, and other video games, strives to provide a fun, friendly and relaxed environment for gay men and women who enjoy all kinds of sports. The gay owned and operated club has rapidly become Fort Lauderdale’s premier gay sports bar. Sidelines Sports Bar opens at 2:00 PM on Monday – Friday and Noon on Saturday and Sunday and is located at 2031-A Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida, 33305. Their telephone number is (954) 563-8001 or you can also visit them online at www.sidelinessports.com.
Photos by Rob Chaw (click pictures to enlarge)