They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it; for it is money they have and peace they lack.
  -James Earl Jones "Field of Dreams"
and don't go mistaking paradise for that home across the road
  -Bob Dylan "Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"

Friday, March 30, 2007

Bye Bye Briny Breezes

In the late 1950's, my parents and I would drive to Florida for 3 weeks each February - March. We would pull a travel trailer with us and stay at a trailer park called Briny Breezes, right on the coast between Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. In 1958 they offered the lots for sale. Lots near the ocean went for $2500, while the lots on the other side of AIA were $2000. (Prices are from wikipedia, I don't actually remember the amounts.) My dad turned down the opportunity, but would later say that he probably should have taken the deal. We went back one more time and rented a space from someone who had bought one. We went to Florida one more time and stayed in Hollywood in what was then the only other ocean front trailer park on Florida's Atlantic coast. We didn't like that place, primarily because it was predominately populated with French Canadians. I looked for the place in Hollywood years later and saw that it had been replaced by high rise condominiums. My dad would not be pleased to learn the latest, as Briny Breezes, the last trailer park on the coast, is being purchased by a developer who is paying over half a BILLION dollars for the place. Each lot owner will receive over $1,000,000. Not bad for a $2500 investment. Article here.

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