It is well known that in retail in south Florida, we count on the influx of tourist dollars and our lovable snow birds,(people who escape the cold winter months), who rent or have winter homes down here.
The economy of Florida counts on them for the growth spurt of sales and income throughout the state. With the rift in the economy and unemployment at an all time high, their effect in the coming months will be even more important.
But there are some drawbacks. The cost of having fun goes up. Golf fees double, I like to golf, so that is a problem. Pretty much all leisure activity costs go up. The locals take it in stride, our turn will come.
The weather is in a prime time of the year, a balance of warmth and lower humidity, making it quite pleasant and one is avoiding the cold up north.
We have been fortunate not to have had any hurricanes the last five years, a major plus as a homeowner, not as a retailer.
So we wait. The snowbirds start coming at the end of the month, leaving again in April. We welcome you with open arms.
Just bring lots of money!