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Old 03-05-2017, 12:39 PM
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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I am surprised that developers aren't going to some of thess dying, small towns in the south and envisioning another "Villages" or such community.
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Old 03-05-2017, 12:39 PM
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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We too have several friends that live there and I have to believe that part of this is somewhat urban legend. It sounds like the place is Sodom and Gomorrah and I am certain that to a small degree it does exist, but certainly not on a grand scale based upon our friends.
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Old 03-05-2017, 05:27 PM
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Originally Posted by gentlearts View Post
I just heard Jimmy Buffett is involved in the development of an over 55 community called LatitudeMargaritaville.com. It's in Daytona Beach. What's next? Rolling Stones Retirement Village? Nirvana Nursing Home?

The idea makes me smile.
Actually, I think it's appealing.

Not now, but perhaps later. I like people who enjoy life and celebration. I love warm, laid back areas.
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Old 03-05-2017, 06:55 PM
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[quote=adams_aj;47405763]This is SMART BUSINESS, folks. The ranks of retiring baby boomers is swelling by more and more every day. I say, invest in retirement services, health care services, mortuary services, etc. There's a lot of money in the hands of these people and the pile continues to expand as I type this.[/QUOTE

Yes, very true !!
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Old 03-05-2017, 07:22 PM
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This is the first retirement type community that sounds more like my kind of place, and I'm pretty much a nondrinker.
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Old 03-05-2017, 08:46 PM
Location: Florida
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Originally Posted by Nightengale212 View Post
Not sure if you are aware but the population of The Villages, FL is 157,000. That is a huge number of people, and if the majority of them were living the Sodom & Gomorrah lifestyle the Dept. of Health would probably have to close the place down. I know a number of individuals that live in this community, and their biggest complaint is it has become too large and lost it's sense of community.

One can find whatever lifestyle they are looking for in any of these communities. One man who made one visit to The Villages and wrote a book about his ? factual experiences does not define an entire community and all the individuals that live there.

If The Villages was 1/2 the size it is now and located within a relatively short drive to the ocean I would probably already own a home there.
Quite funny that the Villages is also a Republican bastion that voted for none another than Trump !

The Gropers !
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Old 03-07-2017, 09:06 AM
Location: Minnesota
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Sounds like a great idea. You now have to execute it properly.
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:18 AM
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I guess it's because I'm not into Jimmy Buffet's music or celebrities, but this is not value added for me just because Jimmy Buffet has some investment interests in the property. Look at all the golf courses/communities named for specific people---are they really different/better? Does it really take Jimmy Buffet to say let's have an outdoor concert venue (which the Villages has already) and let's serve fun tropical drinks?

I've been to a Margaritaville restaurant and wasn't all that impressed. It's since closed (and in a busy metro Atlanta shopping center). Would a retirement community named/focused on one of his songs really be all that unique? He didn't invent the tropical Florida lifestyle---he just sang about it!

And isn't the lifestyle he exudes more Key West-y than Daytona Beach?
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:54 PM
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I hope developers take notice. Many of us late boomers enjoy the casual freedom that Margaritaville symbolizes. Retirement communities seem focused on the country club golf lifestyle. This is a drawback to the communities I've visited so far. As corny as the Margaritaville theme may seem, they're on to something with the 70's generation...freedom from the corporate country club lifestyle.
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Old 03-07-2017, 02:03 PM
Location: Colorado Springs
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Golf is obsolete. I won't move anywhere that taxes me for a golf course.

Brew pubs?....Now that's an idea!
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