Cool Concept, Hot Business

Buddies Harry Jackson and Jim Skipwart loaded two coolers filled with 20 pounds of ice apiece into the back of a truck off Atlantic Boulevard.

Price tag for their haul of ice: $2.50. The two were going fishing near Gainesville and needed to keep food and beer cold during the trip. They fed the money into the large white machine next to Fisherman’s Seafood & Bait, pulled the lever and watched the ice fill both coolers.

”It’s a lot more convenient than going in a store, and it’s twice the ice,” Jackson said. ”It’s a wonder someone didn’t come up with this idea a long time ago. Whoever came up with it is going to make a million dollars.”

Actually, they did.