Went to Destine, Florida last week but more specificly the golf and beach resort of Sandestine. It streches from the Gulf to Bay and has 4 golf courses, white sand beaches, and a village that reminded me of Universal in Orlando. I passed through there 18 months ago and everything in town was for sale and business looked bad. This time very few things for sale and the tourist business was booming. The entire resort was full with virtualy no vacancies. This place holds thousands of people and was in beautiful condition. The golf courses were perfect which is very hard to maintain in a resort like this. The overall area was full of cars and people having a good time. The resturants were jam packed. We had to eat early to get a table without a wait. I saw a report in our newspaper The Palm Beach Post and the same report from the Today Show two weeks ago which said Americans were eating peanut butter and beans and going no where on vacation because we were all broke. I guess the people in Alabama, South Carolina, Louisana, Texas, and Florida didn't get the message because they were all their. After Sandestin we went to Dothan, Alabama to play golf on one of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses. Dothan was the same as Destine very few houses for sale and people playing golf on a Thursday. It was great and the hospitality was superb. After Dothan it was back to Florida and Apalatchicola and oysters at the greatest oyster resturant in Florida, Boss Oyster, it was great. After that, back to Palm Beach Gardens and back to work. Business is still picking up in spite of the news we are getting from the main stream press. My advice is don't listen to it. I am running out of listings and need to get in gear to replentish.
Good luck to every one. It is onward and upward for all of us.