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Old 02-25-2021, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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The misleading data is omnipresent. Sarasota-Manatee is not Orlando, a true "tourist destination". Succinctly, all "visitors" are not tourists, but all tourists are in fact visitors by definition. Over the decades, part time residents were counted as tourists. A totally misleading calculation. As a real estate sales person you might know that. The Northport-Sarasota-Bradenton MSA's dna is not built on the same tourist dna of a true "tourist city" such as Orlando or even Miami. The NSB MSA isn't known for "tourist attractions" when compared to ORL (notwithstanding beaches). Again seasonal RESIDENTS had been counted as "visitors" and some consider them "tourists", which is patently false.
I'm glad we dont have more pure tourism...yuck! I like the snowbirds a lot better. Let the real tourists go to Disney, & South Beach in Miami....anywhere but here.
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Old 02-25-2021, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Bradenton/Sarasota FL
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How are the downtown SRQ hotels doing? How about out on Lido Key? Longboat? What does Anna Maria look like?
I cant speak for hotel vacancies or the scene at the bars/restaurants as we have been trying to spend local. Downtown SRQ is packed on the weekends. If you head out Cortez and then south down to St Armands, the traffic going North into AMI is ridiculous.....I can only imagine there is a lot more motor traffic coming into the area this year verses air traffic. However, I dont feel like I have seen a large abundance of RV's like most seasons past.
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Old 02-25-2021, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I cant speak for hotel vacancies or the scene at the bars/restaurants as we have been trying to spend local. Downtown SRQ is packed on the weekends. If you head out Cortez and then south down to St Armands, the traffic going North into AMI is ridiculous.....I can only imagine there is a lot more motor traffic coming into the area this year verses air traffic. However, I dont feel like I have seen a large abundance of RV's like most seasons past.
Thx for the report Tommy. Good point about the RV's...more or less?

I never realized this until recently, but did you know a lot of snowbirds arrive by boat? Just like RV'ers, they drive their cabin cruisers down here, & park them at a marina, and live on their boats for the season. I found out about this recently when I went boat slip shopping & some of the marinas told me to come back in May after the snowbird boaters left.
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Old 02-25-2021, 08:33 AM
 
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I'm a boater and a native. Most of the increase in marina usage is certainly not due to seasonal residents arriving by boat. Most at the marinas that I know well are populated by boaters who already have their boats here, and they actually 'arrive' by plane. Many also have cars here also in storage. Few people that own larger vessels like mine aren't hassling with the Atlantic or the Tombigbee in the winter - that would be absolutely nutty and even stupid. Still others have their smaller boats stored in various boat condos and have them taken out for the season....and of course a few trailer their boats down here behind their trucks, if THAT's what you were referring to....but you can't trailer most "cabin cruisers" unless you have a 50ft low-boy (at least) with a special permit LOL. I know my SR would take up every inch of a 55 LB and a super wide load banner on it LOL (I've done that exactly one time and never ever again).
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Old 02-26-2021, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I looked at lots (10+) of marina's in this area for a wet slip for a 36'-40' boat. I was told none available, try back in May. When I asked "why May?", they started pointing to large cabin cruisers in wet slips saying "they're from Virginia, they're from Delaware, they're from New Jersey, ect.. A small marina in Englewood (~20 wet slips in all) was 1/2 full of snowbirds who drove their boats down in October. I nixed that one due to inadequate parking, & it was next to a huge restaurant bar with live music that stays open late. I'd want to do some overnights on my boat, & don't want all that noise

I found a large Marina in Palmetto w/ wet slips available, but its 50 minutes from my home...too far.

I'm not saying snowbird boaters are the #1 cause for the wet slips to be sold out right now, but they are a contributing factor....I've seen it firsthand at multipe marina's.
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Old 02-26-2021, 04:28 PM
 
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We have a friend who owns several condos and is on the board of a building in North Redding Beach up towards Clearwater. What he said was while the Canadians cannot come down what he’s seen is US people who normally go to island resorts, like in Jamaica are instead coming to Florida this year. Still stay warm but not dealing with overseas travel.
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Old 02-28-2021, 06:04 PM
 
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I would say so..today, public parking lots FULL at Siesta Key Public beach at 10:20am Sunday morning and Turtle Beach Parking lot as well. Traffic was insane!
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:17 PM
 
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We have a friend who owns several condos and is on the board of a building in North Redding Beach up towards Clearwater. What he said was while the Canadians cannot come down what he’s seen is US people who normally go to island resorts, like in Jamaica are instead coming to Florida this year. Still stay warm but not dealing with overseas travel.

I'm a native, and lived in Island Estates CLWTR, you couldn't be from anywhere around here. There is no such place as North Redding Beach, and your friend doesn't know what he's talking about with US citizens
visiting Jamaica this year either.
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:28 PM
 
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I don't know any sane boater that would pilot a 35 - 40 ft cruiser from New Jersey, or Delaware in October, heading south Atlantic, around the tip of southern Florida (or canals) to enter northbound on the Gulf of Mexico to stay at a marina anywhere in SW FL, for the darn "season", then pilot it BACK to New Jersey or Delaware.

If a marina is telling anybody that, they're lying. People may trailer their smaller boats down over the road, but most LEAVE their boats here in FL and simply drive or fly back and forth.

Again, no sane boater would do that each "season".
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I don't know any sane boater that would pilot a 35 - 40 ft cruiser from New Jersey, or Delaware in October, heading south Atlantic, around the tip of southern Florida (or canals) to enter northbound on the Gulf of Mexico to stay at a marina anywhere in SW FL, for the darn "season", then pilot it BACK to New Jersey or Delaware.

If a marina is telling anybody that, they're lying. People may trailer their smaller boats down over the road, but most LEAVE their boats here in FL and simply drive or fly back and forth.

Again, no sane boater would do that each "season".
The city and/or state is on the rear of the boats in some cases, and you can see the registration stickers too. But keep reaching.
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