Usually I get to comment about politics and religion in Sunday Morning Coffee but today I'm on vacation at a beautiful place called Anna Maria Island located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. So, I've not picked up a newspaper, logged on to the Internet, followed much on Twitter and just out of touch.
I think I've found new life.
However, (and you knew there would be an "however") I've got a suggestion for the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. Ready? You should consider an ordnance that would restrict the development of any more real estate offices. Picture this...along Pine Avenue, which is a mixed use street that leads from "Downtown" to the City Pier there are no fewer than 15 real estate offices/construction companies (I'm guessing a bit...because I'm on vacation.) They occupy these quaint 1920's homes and scream "Vacation Rentals" to visitors seeking retail outlets rather than real estate.
So, here's what Anna Maria Island should consider: Create a "Retail Zone" where the street is lined with shops, small restaurants and boutiques. In each there could be a display, purchased by participating real estate companies, that have contact information and "tasteful" renditions their offerings. (Imagine that...retail owners renting space to realtors!)
OK...back to the beach!