Treasure Coast Essay
7:19 am
Mon February 4, 2013

The snowbirds are here


They’re heeeeeere!  The snowbirds, of course.  I’m not talking about white pelicans and other feathered creatures who spend the winter on the Treasure Coast.  I’m talking about the snowbirds without feathers.  Most  drive down  Interstate-95 -- some trailing a boat.  A few travel by yacht on the Intracoastal Waterway.  The snowbirds are fleeing cold and snow in favor of sun and warm temps.  They are attracted to the Treasure Coast’s low-key, outdoorsy life style with a dash of culture.  Many fish.  Many play golf.  Some bring their homes with them – RVs or trailers.  Many rent a place to stay.  Otheers own a second home – often a condo.  Many are retirees.  But some are working full time.  They are able to conduct their business by laptop, cell phone, PDA and fax.  You can spot the snowbirds on the beach – at least the Caucasians.  Early in the season, they are the pale ones.  Late in the season, they are the ones with the deepest tans.  Unlike most of the locals, they don’t have to work indoors.   Because of the expanded population, cars jam the roadways, parking places are hard to find, and lines are long at restaurants and supermarkets.  The locals may grumble.  But they love what the snowbirds bring with them.  Namely, money.  For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.