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Monday, April 28, 2014

FAREWELL SNOWBIRDS

BRYCE ON SOCIETY
- We hope you enjoyed your stay, but it is time to go home.

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Well, it's that time of year again. Of course I'm talking about the migratory return of the snowbirds from Florida to their northern roosts. Actually, they began to return by the end of March, just as the Major League Baseball season was beginning, but it is now time to gently nudge the remaining folks out of their nests and back home. It's almost May for God's sake!

On behalf of the 19.5 million residents of the Sunshine State, I want to thank the +90 million tourists who visited us (yes, it is that much) and pumped over $60 billion into our economy. Thank you. We appreciate your visit. However, it is now time to return home so we can reclaim our highways, restaurants, ball parks, golf courses, parks and beaches. We enjoyed your visit but we now need to stretch out and rest before you return in the fall.

So, au revoir "The Land of Lincoln," "The Hoosier State," "The Empire State," "The Garden State," "The Buckeye State," "The Great Lakes State," "The Land of a Thousand Lakes," and "Old Dominion." And let us not forget our Canadian friends from Ontario ("Yours to Discover") and Nova Scotia ("Canada's Ocean Playground"). We will miss your dialects and erratic driving habits, not to mention your mammoth RV's hogging grocery store parking lots, but do come back.

We may not have understood what you were saying, the clothes you wore, or your northern idiosyncrasies, but we tried to accommodate you the best we could, and hope you enjoyed your stay.

So, farewell our beloved snowbirds. Go in peace. See you in November. Bring lots of money with you.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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