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Old 02-17-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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Now that we are at the height of the snowbird season I would be interested in comments about the number of snowbirds relative to prior years. Are there as many snowbirds as there were prior to the recession? Are they opening their wallets? Are they buying real estate?
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:26 PM
 
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Meredith NH
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Just ignore the curmudgeon,PatSea,he's only happy when he can complain about CC..............I think that everyone,not just snowbirds are spending a little less right now.The president allowed the SS tax waiver to expire and that took $20-$50 a week out of every working persons paycheck.Gas is up,food is up but real estate still seems to be moving.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral FL.
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http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs....=2013302170018

Sales tax revenue is up.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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From the article:
“A lot that can be attributed to all of that fluffy white stuff falling from the sky across the north,” Phelan said. “Our winter visitors have been coming in droves and staying.”Hunter Hansen, managing partner of the Waldorf Astoria Naples and the Edgewater Beach Resort in Naples, said business has gotten stronger with each turn of wicked weather.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:04 PM
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Wouldn't sales tax revenue be up, because prices on almost everything is up?

Just wondering out loud.......

From my perspective, I was busier during the fall than I am now, for whatever that's worth.


YC.......
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:05 AM
 
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Wouldn't sales tax revenue be up, because prices on almost everything is up?

Just wondering out loud.......

From my perspective, I was busier during the fall than I am now, for whatever that's worth.


YC.......
That is it, just means that the locals have to pay more. When taxes go up and the spending trend is downward it just means that priceshave gone up.
Because the christmas shopping season was crap everywhere.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:19 AM
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Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I am actually thinking of becoming a snowbird. I'm not retired but I am in my early 50s and I have a very portable profession. We are open to any where warm and safe. We have late HS - College age kids. Three bedrooms would be good.

Not looking for prestige, but we don't want a trashy area either. Looking for something economical. We were looking at a house in Inverses. Any other ideas? Thanks.

Oh, our primary residence is in Ohio.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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Sheena, you will get a better response if you start a new thread

To the OP, restaurants are more crowded than usual.

I don't notice any sudden price increases since last year for most goods and services.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Speaking as a retired Canadian..........The Florida legislature's bone headed move to REQUIRE a International Driver's License from those who live "outside of the USA " has created a firestorm of indignation up here. Obviously, your Legislators didn't stop to think about the fall out from this new law.

For those who don't know..........a International Driving License is simply a "translation " from the printed information on the "foreign license" to ENGLISH, so that American Police can understand what it says.

Is this a good time to say that ENGLISH is the working language in 85 percent of Canada ?

To comply with this new Florida state law, a Canadian has to go to the local office of the CAA, who are the ONLY issuer in Canada, and pay twenty five dollars , to get a IDL. When this became news, here in Canada, there was a rush by snowbirds to get one.

NOW, we are being told that Florida Police have been told "don't enforce that law " , as the Florida legislature will ammend it ............soon ! How soon is soon ?

This is a prime example of the one hand not knowing what the other hand is doing.

Many here in Toronto are saying they will not go to Florida, but look at Arizona, or Texas, instead.

Have you heard about this ? If so, can I have your comments ?

Jim B

Toronto.
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