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now in its one-hundred-and-eightieth year

Florida Out of Season

Deserted patio in the Grove (Credit: Susan Barsy)

Occasionally we come down to Florida to visit old family friends, especially in the off-season when everything’s cheaper.  It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been here, and the huge number of empty storefronts is a barometer of how hard the recession has hit Florida.  The rain and wind from tropical storm Debby has intensified the forlornness of a once-festive scene.

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6 comments on “Florida Out of Season

  1. sam Dune
    June 28, 2012

    Yeah, Miami can be slow in the off-season but sometimes when I go there at that time I find it easier. The prices are better, restaurants not packed and a nice low-key atmosphere in general. Plus those who know—-the fishing is THE BEST in summer because the waters are much warmer and the seasonal fish then return to their happy hunting grounds.

    • Susan Barsy
      June 29, 2012

      Sam–thank you for the fine word-picture you painted–it really does capture the flavor of the summer-time scene. SB

  2. Joe
    June 27, 2012

    I was in Key Largo for five separate visits during the winter……I would NEVER go there in Summer. In any event FL was devastated by the Crash of 2008 and beyond. I go there a lot, and in January 2009 there was no one there. It was a pretty scary thing……you could see it in people’s eyes……of course now the Rick Scott was elected all is great….. 🙂 Sorry I know better…….the state lives and dies on tourism as you know……..good place to visit but……

    • Susan Barsy
      June 27, 2012

      Hello, Joe–
      What I like about the off-season is that it brings you face-to-face with Florida realities–the extremity and power of nature, the more mixed and troubling face that the non-touristy part of Florida wears. I always wish I could stay longer and learn more. I find even the bad weather transfixing. . . SB

  3. Mediamichele
    June 27, 2012

    I can tell you that last week was wonderful and you’ll have sunshine this afternoon through Saturday or Sunday! That is the forecast for northeast Florida anyway – it is still beautiful even with rain and it will be more lush now that our retention ponds are filled! Enjoy!!!

    • Susan Barsy
      June 27, 2012

      Michele–thank you–Friends who live near Naples were very glad of the rain because they have ponds where otters live that were in danger of drying out. We’re keen to visit whenever we can manage it because we so enjoy seeing our old old friends who have lived in Dade County since the early sixties. They are true Floridians (if that is the word) who help us appreciate the strange and awesome land that it is. Beautiful and formidable! SB

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