Teen fights to keep bowling alley open

Teen fights to keep bowling alley open


IT’S TIME TO KEEP THE LIGHTS OFF OUT ON THE BEACH.>>Ginger: EXACTLY. NEW TONIGHT, MEET THE TEEN ON A MISSION. SHE’S TAKING ON A BIG CORPORATION TO GET RESULTS AND SAVE A WINTER PARK HANGOUT.>>Matt: NEWS 6’S AMANDA CASTRO EXPLAINS WHY SHE’S NOT AFRAID TO STRIKE OUT.>>Reporter: SHE SAYS NOTHING IS FINALIZED, BUT THAT’S NOT STOPPING A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLER FROM GETTING RESULTS AND STARTING HER OWN PETITION TO SAVE THIS COMMUNITY BOWLING ALLEY. YOU COULD SAY BOWLING IS IN HER BLOOD. THE 15-YEAR-OLD WINTER PARK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SAYS SHE GREW UP AT ALOMA BOWL.>>I GREW UP HERE WITH FRIENDS AND BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND THIS PLACE HAS CHANGED PEOPLE’S LIVE>>Reporter: BUT THIS COMMUNITY ICON COULD SHUT ITS DOORS AND THE LANES DOWN FOR GOOD. ORCHARD’S HARDWARE SUPPLY OFFERED TO PURCHASE THE BOWLING ALLEY, APPRAISED FOR MORE THAN $2 MILLION. IT PLANS TO BUILD A NEW TWO-STORY HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE. THE BOWLING ALLEY TELLS NEWS 6 IT’S STILL EARLY AND THE PROJECT IS STILL IN TALKS. THE PLAN HAS TO BE APPROVED BY THE CITY OF WINTER PARK.>>IT WAS AS MUCH OF A SURPRISE TO THE STAFF AS TO THE BOWLERS THAT THIS IS EVEN A POSSIBILITY.>>Reporter: THE COMPANY SAYS IF THE SALE GOES THROUGH, THEY’LL MOVE STAFF AND BOWLERS TO OTHER FACILITIES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA AND BUILD A NEW VENUE.>>I UNDERSTAND IT’S A BUSINESS PROPOSITION FOR MY OWNER. HE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO POSSIBLY DO SOMETHING ON A GRANDER SCALE. I’M EXCITED TO SEE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR OUR COMPANY.>>Reporter: BUT ALLISON SAYS THE CLOSEST BOWLING ALLEY IS TOO FAR FOR SOME OF HER HIGH SCHOOL TEENS AND THAT’S WHY SHE’S GETTING RESULTS AND STARTING A PETITION TO SAVE THE BOWLING ALLEY, COLLECTING MORE THAN 2300 SIGNATURES. SHE HOPES IT’S ENOUGH SUPPORT TO SAVE THE VENUE AND NOT STRIKE OUT.>>IT’S A BIG PART OF THE COMMUNITY. I DON’T THINK THE COMMUNITY DESERVES TO LOOSE THIS PLACE THAT MEANS SO MUCH TO US.>>Matt: THE CITY IS PLANNING A ZONING BOARD MEETING NEXT WEEK TO CONSIDER THE PROJECT. ALLISON AND HUNDREDS OF ‘HER SUPPORTERS ARE GOING TO BE THERE FIGHTING TO KEEP THE BOWLING ALLEY OPEN. WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED ON THIS DEVELOPING STORY. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO YOU ARE,