The project will add a 575-ft. lazy river pool, a new three-story triple waterslide and food trucks at the Bonita Springs, Fla. property.
The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla., has started construction on a $7.1 million expansion that will add a lazy river, new watersides and food trucks at the property, the Naples (Fla.) Daily News reported.
As part of the project, the property expects to add about 20 new staffers for its recreation, engineering and service teams, said Brian Kramer, the resort’s General Manager.
With the addition of the triple waterslide, the three-story “Everglades lookout tower” and the 575-foot lazy river pool, the resort’s pool scape will grow from 2 acres to 3, the Daily News reported.
Coconut Point “could’ve lived with” its expansive existing pool amenity, but the resort had an acre of vacant land and wanted to add pool features that younger and older children could enjoy, Kramer told the Daily News.
“Who doesn’t like to go down a three-story waterslide?” he added.
The new pools and slides are set to open by mid-November and will only be available to resort guests, Kramer said.
As part of the expansion, the resort will also add two food trucks to the new pool area, the Daily News reported.
Coconut Point will operate one of the trucks, which will feature “standard fare” items, such as hot dogs, hamburgers and pulled pork, Kramer said.
An outside vendor will run the other truck, to allow the resort to bring in different food options, like Cuban sandwiches one month and Mexican food the next, Kramer said. “We have the ability to change up the cuisine there,” he noted.
Last August, the Bonita Springs City Council signed off on the project when it unanimously greenlit a request to rezone the land, the Daily News reported. The move came despite some concerns from residents about the project’s environmental impact, including what safety measures were in place to ensure that the chlorinated water couldn’t reach the nearby mangrove wetlands.
In response to the public’s concerns, engineers for the project said the water-management system surrounding the property was capable of handling any discharge and treating it, the Daily News reported.
In announcing the expansion, Kramer said that the new pools will be surrounded by retention tanks to “catch and filter the water,” the Daily News reported. The project complied with all requirements imposed by regulatory agencies, he noted, “so that’s not a concern.”