It feels great to wake up every day and think I get to live where others pay a lot to vacation! It also means that I see the difference between tourist season and not.
First off, the minute tourist season began, my drive time doubled. At least I already only try to drive once a week anyhow ever since COVID lockdown so I just leave earlier in the day now.
Second, bad tourist behavior. Last night I enjoyed sunset on the beach and then sat in the dark to watch fireworks. I know people put them off illegally but I was surprised when they did it right over my head. It was dark so this group must not have seen me sitting there. Also, I was in the main entrance whereas they usually set them off in more isolated places. I ran to get off the beach before I got burned by these amateurs (I have a friend who has a pyrotechnics license so I know skill is involved with big fireworks). I had heard from locals that police never bother the tourists but I was glad to find that a false rumor. I saw a police officer right away. And then three cars and more and more police.
Tourists are a big complaint at the beach. So far it hasn’t bothered me yet since I was once a tourist too till I wanted to make a permanent escape. However my neighbor down the way grew up here and she complained about tourists the whole time. So much that when September 11th happened her little boy thought she said tourists had brought down the towers. Terrorists, not tourists but he had heard about tourists his whole life.
There is one more new beach problem. I was so happy to discover condos. Some make the beach affordable for people like me – teachers, nurses, etc. However, the collapse in Surfside in Miami, Florida now has me scared. It is a good lesson for HOAs and cohousing communities. There may be some real structural problems and expensive issues. I know cohousing take a long time to make decisions. It is a sad example of not waiting and put safety first. I didn’t want to join the board here at the new condo and take a break from governing since in cohousing everyone has to (Or should). But now I want to be on top of any safety/structure issues.
Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy being a tourist and if anyone complains, just remind them you help keep that place afloat!!!