Apart from business, she's personally so distressed that she's seriously considering moving away.
"The beach will never be the same," the broker told us. "Even if they eventually stop the leak tarballs will continue washing up on the beach and getting buried in the sand for years. My child will never know the beach like I have. It makes me want to cry."
Coincidentally, PNJ columnist Mark O'Brien mentioned on his newspaper blog space a similarly dismal picture for Perdido Key real estate. "[A] month that might have brought 30 sales on Perdido Key," he writes, "drew merely six in June."
This drew a response from one of Mark's readers. "YouAreNotBob" noted a shockingly thin crowd gathered on Pensacola Beach yesterday to watch the Blue Angels practice. He predicts for Pensacola Beach:
Beach businesses will start closing before long and the real estate on all the businesses will suffer as badly as Perdido Key. There will eventually be a disastrous reduction in revenue to local government. A public dialogue needs to begin RIGHT NOW to debate what form the reaction to this should take.Hey! We have an idea for county government. Why not offer tax incentives to Pensacola Beach home buyers and businesses to stimulate interest in buying, just as governments often do when they want to attract new industries? Something like, say, 99-year leases "with no ad valorem taxes or assessments on property or improvements."
Escambia County's word is its bond, right? After all, what could go wrong?