Sunday, May 29, 2005

More Normal than Not

Now that Memorial Day weekend has arrived our vacation rental business is more normal than it has been for the past 8 months since Hurricane Ivan hit our shore. The area progress has been absolutely astounding although some visitors unfamiliar with the extent of the damage may be surprised to see certain reconstruction sights.

We are so fortunate to have the beautiful beaches, great attractions, outstanding restaurants and shopping on our coast. We are even more fortunate to have the unbelievable community spirit that will not accept anything less than progress. The challenges have just made the businesses and residents stronger in the determination to build back an improved community that benefits but locals and visitors. The beach is not the only aspect of the area that is undergoing renorishment. In many ways the community itself is being renewed.

The beach is a great reason to visit our resort area but by far not the only reason. The atmosphere itself with a determination to return to normal operations or really to better than normal is another reason for a gulf coast vacation. The family-oriented community is a large reason families visit and decide to stay for the rest of their life.

Other reasons include the vast array of waterfront options beyond the gulf beaches. The bays, bayous, rivers, intracoastal waterway, streams, etc. are vibrant with flora and fauna. These are the areas that the typical visitor does not take time to explore on their first or even second visit. Once they begin to venture to other water activities they are usually prompted to explore the possibilities of owning a piece of paradise.

So now that we are getting back to a sense of what is more normal than what we've lived through for 8 months, we are also prepared for our summer influx of visitors. We are also ready, willing and able to assist many of these visitors in their plans to become our neighbors.

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