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Opening Remarks

Love Rules, Hate Drools!!

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Clearly, Editor Manson and Beachcomber Music Award winning singer-songwriter Austin Jennings were thrilled to run into each other at the recent Lake Street Dive-Mikaela Davis show in Pensacola.

For Valentine’s Day, can we just take a day off from hate and negativity? In the spirit of love, I mean.

 

Okay, how about half a day? An hour?

 

Yeah, I see you shaking your head. Thanks for nothing.

 

Let me try again. If you see something on social media that you disagree with, just move on without posting some mean-spirited rebuttal.

 

No? Then can you just omit all the profanitizing from your comments? Maybe be a shred kinder?

 

Really? You’d think I was asking you to give up your entire smartphone.

 

How about this? Maybe you could be nicer to people that work in the service industry (and leave reasonable tips)? And not throw what’s left of your slushy drink at the panhandler on the corner? And not spoil the endings of movies that I’m not going to watch until they premiere on TNT two years from now?

 

Fine. I’m not going to ask you to make any more “sacrifices” in the name of kindness and decency. Valentine’s shmalentine’s! I hope you choke on your candy hearts, you jerk!! Also, they’re not making candy hearts anymore, HA!

 

And this, friends, is what happens when I write the Opening Remarks before I’ve had my morning coffee.

Apologies,
Editor Manson

 

 

YOUR THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS

I really enjoyed Charles Morgan’s column in the Jan. 17-30 edition (“Charles in Charge {of Everything}”). However, I am afraid he put his tongue in his cheek so hard that he may have done some permanent damage.

– Rebecca Williams

 

 

Too much tourism can be a very negative force, especially when the level of tourism is greater than the community and environment’s ability to handle its impact. The community is affected by increased traffic, competition for resources (such as groceries), and higher prices (tourists will pay premiums). Favorite places you use to take for granted are now crowded with visitors.

 

The local residents will feel the effects of increased prices for services and consumer staples. Rents increase, and housing becomes out of reach for many. Land is gobbled up for commercial use, and many natural areas disappear. Taxes must increase to handle the pressure caused by the influx of visitors. Services that once were capable of handling a community must now be rebuilt or enlarged—more water, sewer, trash, police, fire stations, traffic lights, road maintenance, etc.

 

It’s a vicious circle that will never end. Developers and businesses say, “We need more tourism for jobs and to sustain the economy…”—however, this mantra is a lie. Most jobs created by tourism are low paying, part-time and seasonal. In reality, the ability to handle the growth is never realized because we always need one more traffic light, one more fire station, more police protection, and more ordinances to control the growth.

 

The community becomes fragmented with so many new people coming and going—constant transience with groups of people having no interest in the community but seeing it only as a temporary pleasure.

 

The impact on the environment is subtle and at first unnoticeable. Natural habitats gradually disappear, and the wildlife goes with it. Trees are cut. Buildings and parking lots proliferate. The sewage increase can overburden the community, too.

 

Air pollution and noise increases due to more traffic. The litter on our beaches is a huge problem. How many plastic bottles, beer cans, cigarette butts, Styrofoam cups and abandoned paraphernalia are left behind?

 

The list goes on and on. It’s a perpetual loop with no end. Someone will always say, “We need more tourism.” Okay, but just realize the residents and environment will pay the final price.

– Robert thedestinblog, Destin

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