Although stand your ground laws exist in about 22 states, Florida is the one that stands out at this moment.
The jury in the George Zimmerman case as proved that in Florida, it is permissible to not only take the law into your own hands but you can actually ignore instructions from a 911 dispatcher, follow an innocent person, have them defend themselves against you, kill them because of it, claim self defense (how you can defend yourself against someone when you're the aggressor is beyond me), and walk free.
What does this mean for Florida? What does this mean for homeowners in Sanford? What does this mean for the residents in the Twin Lakes subdivision where this child was murdered? Myself, and many others (especially mothers) take a long hard look at not only our safety but the safety of our children when deciding on a place to live. In a place where such crimes are welcomed and citizens are allowed to take the law into their own hands, I wonder if buyers will take another look or be hesitant in their buying decisions in the area.
The noise is loud. People of all races are sending word out to boycott Florida. I wouldn't go that far, why should Disney suffer? I happen to love them as a company. But I really want to know from real estate professionals in their area what they think? Has this affected your business in any way? Have you heard concerns from clients and potential clients? Do you think this will affect your business if only for the moment?
I would hope not, but the reality is, if a kid isn't safe, then who is?