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Old 05-21-2015, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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I think a lot of what happened was the economy. A significant chunk of people we used to meet down there were fellow time share "owners". I have a feeling that since people are more aware of time shares issues and are bailing out of them its taking its toll on the area. In the real estate bust the timeshare payments were the last thing on peoples minds. Couple that with the City governments attempt to tame the bikers and spring breakers, and the high taxes...and you have....Ghettona.

I remember back in the 90s it was the place to be! We went every year and it was amazing as a teenager.
Oh yeah, we used to love it there when I used to visit in the late 90s (before I moved here.)
The boardwalk was always full of life, and overall it was just so much cleaner.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:34 PM
 
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A significant chunk of people we used to meet down there were fellow time share "owners". I have a feeling that since people are more aware of time shares issues and are bailing out of them its taking its toll on the area. In the real estate bust the timeshare payments were the last thing on peoples minds.
I beg to differ. I am a Wyndham timeshare owner, and we love our three deeded properties. I also just inherited another Wyndham property from my father to make a total of four. We paid them all off over the years, and now we have thousands of properties to visit any time of year at just $100/mo maintenance fee for all four combined.

Most of the people who lose their timeshares are the ones who go to a timeshare presentation for the free weekend, but are too chicken to say NO when the hard sale tactics start.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I beg to differ. I am a Wyndham timeshare owner, and we love our three deeded properties. I also just inherited another Wyndham property from my father to make a total of four. We paid them all off over the years, and now we have thousands of properties to visit any time of year at just $100/mo maintenance fee for all four combined.

Most of the people who lose their timeshares are the ones who go to a timeshare presentation for the free weekend, but are too chicken to say NO when the hard sale tactics start.
4 maintenance fees for 100 a month? Im gonna call b.s. on that one right now.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:47 PM
 
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4 maintenance fees for 100 a month? Im gonna call b.s. on that one right now.
Whatever *shrugs*
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:34 PM
 
Location: St. Pete, FL
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Mateo, it is funny to read you post this. You and I debated back and forth over the past few years and I am glad to see that you finally see the problems in the Daytona area. It is not to say that it is without potential, it is just in need of desperate updating.

Well my life was great there. I'll admit that in spite of everything around me. It's just that moving over here to St. Pete and then going back was quite an eye-opener. Shocking even.
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:09 PM
 
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I owned a home in Ormond for 5 years.....Daytona was always rough but I think as the "bikers" age, less of them will be coming back. The spring break thing is shot, black college reunion has passed its prime. So you are left with Nascar events (2, the Daytona 500 and the Pepsi/Coke/Firecracker 400 or whatever they are calling it now) and even Nascar is suffering attendance drops.


And "time share" owner....... then add time share owner in Daytona
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:20 PM
 
Location: St. Pete, FL
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I wonder what the Hard Rock will do?
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:02 AM
 
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Someday there will be a renaissance - it is a coastal city after all, and close to other very nice areas. It is just a matter of time. It just needs some good city leaders and maybe a few investors willing to put money into bringing it up.
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:53 PM
 
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I plan to spend a month next year in Daytona Beach. I don't care for night life. I just want to be centrally located to things.
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:57 PM
 
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City Guy997s nailed it. I stopped complaining about it out here since we're stuck until our little cat passes away from feline lymphoma (next month marks her one year anniversary since the exploratory surgery, biopsy and diagnosis, along w/ the start of her chemotherapy drugs, and she is hanging in there amazingly well). Daytona is what it is. Dot shuttle sent me a free R/T shuttle ticket on a screw up (really nice people to do business with, and the screw up was my fault for not catching the AM-PM snafu) and I keep thinking of going to St. Pete for a visit. Everyone I talk to loves the place, which is a little suspect actually, so I want to go see myself why everyone likes it.

Volusia county/Daytona Beach will never change. The place is run by the France family and the county council, who are run by the developers. In nearly every category, this county comes up last. The people are unfriendly, and the intelligence level is so low that I can't imagine most of them going anywhere else. Real right wing place too. If you love NASCAR, FOX "News", and driving your car on the beach running over sun bathers, come on down! You will fit right in. It's too bad too because you can get some deals on housing, the beaches are fine, and the wildlife here is wonderful. You soon learn to tune out all the blight on Atlantic Avenue. If you think that looks bad, drive through some of the bad neighborhoods on the mainland side. Good grief, it looks worse than Detroit. You won't see any developers out there!

After coming here on and off for about 20 years and seeing nothing ever get better, you finally realize that it isn't going to get better. Every new hotel they build is touted as what will "really put Daytona on the map". Yeah, right. The Hard Rock will change nothing, just as Joe's Crabshack changed nothing. They must have based the movie Groundhog Day on this place.
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