Friday, May 16, 2008

Pessimists or Realists?

These from the Key West Citizen's Citizen's Voice on Wednesday and Thursday.


"Gas prices are at all-time highs. Airline travel has increased to the point the average tourist won't travel. Stay-at-home vacations will be the norm this year. What impact will this have on Key West? It will be devastating. Someone better tell the powers that be that the tourist economy that we have come to depend on will be nonexistent this summer. This news, with the housing market crisis, will have a negative impact on our economy. Where will the money come from? How will the average worker survive? It's a mess!"


And again on Thursday:


"If you haven't put money away this season to survive through the summer, you're likely leaving KW soon. Rising airfares, hotel rates, and food prices couple with overdevelopment, crooked government, unwanted upscaling, and vanishing character no longer makes it such a great place to be for both tourists and locals alike."


So say the pessimists. Or are they the realists?

11 comments:

Concerned Neighbor said...

Surprisingly, I think things will keep chugging along. There is a traditional election year slump, but many summer visitors are Florida people who come from relatively short distances by car. And as long as you can walk from your lodgings to a place where you can find a drink or (ahem) other things people like, Key West will be an attractive venue. As H.L. Mencken (I think) said, "Nobody ever lost any money by underestimating the taste of the American public."
And here's hoping for another calm hurricane-less summer....

John Mertz said...

Another sign: Has anyone noticed the number of overseas tourists in Key West lately? Eastern Europeans, Japanese, even Indians, and they all seem to have money. We're in another cycle of the weak dollar vis-a-vis foreign currency. For them this is Disney World, and they're paying with (what to them must be like) monopoly money! So, if you're in the tourist business, take heart and pray for calm winds.

Anonymous said...

But, if you are a service worker and expect tips to make up for the pitiful wages, the overseas tourists will drive you from Key West, because tipping is not in their culture. Even the illegals that we are forced to compete with will leave.

Jeff W said...

Good! Illegals have kept wages down for everybody, and on top of that most of the ones I've run into in "service" positions act like they hate your guts anyway.

OSSweetie said...

Maybe it's because I have a family and have been forced to live in Key West via military, but I don't see whats so great about this place. Theirs no family type activities for those with younger children, no walmart because the locals feared it would take away from their businesses (of ripping you off for over priced stuff that they know you'd have to drive to mainland if you wanted to get it for cheaper), the so called laid back mentality of the locals is ridiculous!! No one here is professional what so ever. And I constantly here "Oh thats just Key West" like its the local excuse for being lazy and unprofessional. And the Tourist, I can't possibly run over them all. Its bad enough I have to live her and my kids have to suffer for poor sports clubs and dance studios, but to when I'm driving in my "moving vehicle" and a tourist walks right in front of me and expects me to stop for them. There like roaches everywhere, taking you parking spots, walking in front of your cars, and dirtying up the streets and beaches. This town is so dependent upon catering to it's tourist that it's put the locals on the back burner. Wow, we get a local discount which you end up still paying more then what you would if you lived on the mainland. I think the city needs to think about the people who actually live here. Key West is expensive and not even worth it.

Anonymous said...

Without tourism, exactly what would drive the economy of KW and the Keys in general?

Take ALL of the non-resident money out of the Keys and try to imagine what the landscape would look like.

Not a pretty picture.

Cayo Dave said...
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Cayo Dave said...

ossweetie - I feel bad for you. You are clearly stuck in a place that doesn't make sense to you.
Your hatred of everything is so uniform and intense that I suggest you get out of here as quickly as possible and seek the nearest Walmart on the mainland.
And to your kids: (who you feel are so disadvantaged by living here) you can enjoy this place even though mommy can't deal.
Have joy. Be nice to each other. Be the person you would like the world to be filled with.

Old Timer said...

To the guy who said the stuff about taking the non-resident money out (above)-- Yeppers, it was great. You could drive to Homestead without hitting a traffic light. You could catch any kind of seafood you wanted, and as much OF it. An able bodied man could be just about as big as he had guts and energy to be. I could go on, but civil-i-zation, the population increase, and old age caught up with us. But we did see the best years of it.

Anonymous said...

I may be just a tourist, but have been coming to KW every summer for 25 years. This year we're not taking a vacation in KW. Airline prices are keeping us away. I'm sure there are more in our situation. And we really spent a lot of cash while in KW, supporting the small local businesses.

Singing to Jeffrey's Tune said...

This will be the first year we have skipped a visit to the Island of the Bones due to the impending birth of your first child. We have been coming down for 18 years. I have said it before and will say it again. Hind sight is 20/20, we should have moved after high school. Maybe the fallout of the market and gas prices will push the keys back to what they were in 1990. I am finally back into the position of just being out of high school again, but with the magic of little man coming. I would love to see him grow up in the Keys and I be able to afford it. Shangri-la is not lost, just over priced. Either change the situation, do without something to live there, or leave. It don't think the solution is all that hard to comprehend. Stop griping and do something.

 
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