When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
When passengers travel with RedCoach, Inc., they can watch DVDs on overhead monitors, pull down a tray table to work on their laptop, or recline their seat to take a snooze. Free WiFi permeates the cabin, which is split into first-class and business-class seating. Both designations are equipped with premium leather chairs, but first-class passengers also enjoy luxuries such as power outlets and lap desks. Each passenger is allowed to transport one free carry-on as well as two bags up to 50 pounds free of charge. RedCoach travels to major Florida cities such as Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Gainesville, Orlando, and West Palm Beach, dropping passengers off at local hotels, airports, and universities.
Atlas Aviation's tours glide through skies, providing guests with aerial views of Raymond James Stadium. The leisurely outings travel everywhere from the Sunshine Skyway to St. Petersburg's beaches, and can give passengers views of sports stadiums and marine wildlife such as dolphins or sharks. Scenic tours are only one of many activities available at Atlas Aviation since 2004. From their waterfront hangar at Peter O. Knight Airport, the piloting crew teaches first-timers to fly during lessons split between ground training and time in the air. They also direct a flight training program that leads to advanced ratings and commercial licenses.
Premier Parking Ventures solves commuters’ daily existential crises by carving out secure parking lots on six downtown Tampa corners. Strategically placed concrete pedestals glaze over highly trafficked avenues with affable attendants and reliable security. Drivers with a mallet to drop at the Florida State Circuit Courthouse can roll into the 1012 East Madison Avenue auto nursery ($66.20) and rest their vehicles next to safely snoring auto-tots. The 401 South Florida Avenue ($66.20) parking palace safely eases guests of the catty-cornered Tampa Convention Center into slots where their wheels may rest under the sun, heating leather seats and leftover food scraps alike.
• For $11, you get three days of valet or self-serve parking (up to a $24 value). • For $19, you get three days of valet parking (a $7/day value) and a deluxe car wash (an $18.95 value; a $39.95 total value). Customers with SUVs and oversize vehicles will be responsible for an extra $3 fee for the deluxe wash. • For $49, you get three days of covered, valet parking (a $9.95/day value) and a mini detail (a $69.95 value; a $99.80 total value). Customers with SUVs and oversize vehicles will be responsible for an extra $10 fee for the mini detail.