For two days last week (Jan. 28 and 29), my wife and I attended the 22nd annual Snowbird Extravaganza at the Lakeland Center. There were in excess of 4,000 people there each day. We enjoyed world-class entertainment each day. Many of the entertainers were from Canada.
The event was open to all — even if you are not considered a snowbird.
The point I would like to make is that the print media, as far as I know, has not made any mention of the event in their daily newspapers, as to the success of the event and the amount off money that would have been spent in Lakeland during the two-day event.
I do know that some of the locals blame us snowbirds for the rise in prices during the winter months. If this is the case, in my view this has more to do with greed of the merchants and service providers than the Northern residents who choose to reside here during the winter months.
The thing that annoys me is that The Tampa Tribune had people there selling subscriptions to the paper, yet the snowbirds are not worthy of mention as to the positive effect we have on the economy during the winter months.
I would hope that this oversight does not have anything to do with cutbacks or the misconception that this is for Canadians only.
A snowbird is a snowbird no matter where you come from. If, and I don’t know this to be fact, newspaper cutbacks are the problem, then someone is killing the goose that is laying the “golden egg” by not recognizing the contribution the snowbirds make to the community and Florida in general.
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia