Sunday, December 12, 2004

The Conch Riviera

Citizen's Voice of the Day

"The Conchs that remain in Key West are the ones who did not sell out to the wealthy. They love their town. The wealthy investors have turned it into a three-ring circus in order to become even more wealthy. Most of the ones making the most from all of this only spend a week or two a year in Key West, and [then] only to check on their income-producing property."

The ones who did sell out, some of them anyway, are moving to Key West north, in the area between Ocala and the Gulf of Mexico. In Massachusetts, the communities along the ocean have gained a reputation as the "Irish Riviera". Similarly, we now have a Conch Riviera, located in places like Dunellon, Cedar Key, and Crystal River.

I spoke to a guy here who's planning his escape to Dunellon. He tells me that he'll take the profits and proceeds from selling out his real estate in KW and buying a home for himself and one or two rental properties, and still have money left over. At some point, the pressure to sell out becomes overwhelming. The Conch diaspora will continue. ¡Qué vergüenza!

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