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    Retired Key West business professor

    Hello, I'm Rick, a committed civic activist in Key West, FL.

    My current project of interest to this forum is advising our Mayor on the economic foundations of our resort community. For example, when the tourist advisory council says something like "70% of our economy is from tourists," what does that mean?

    I still occasionally teach at Berkeley and work part-time doing tax and retirement advising here in Key West, where I have lived since 1996. I believe what I find here will be similar to conditions in other resort communities, and would like to read what others have done, discuss common analytical problems, and share whatever thoughts I have that may be of interest to others.

    I am motivated to do this work by two unusual successes in 2006: I was the lead plaintiff in a successful lawsuit blocking an unsightly new development in our historic district (they subsequently greatly improved the diesign and everyone's happy), and was the treasurer for a new city commissioner's election campaign. He had been a board member of our largest civic/environmental activist group, and he won his race against an opponent well-funded by developers and realtors.

    Despite these win/lose confrontations, I have made it clear to all that I seek win/win cooperative arrangements by groups with seemingly conflicting interests--such has always been the prime goal of my organizational behavior course in the business schools. I do believe development, tourism, and cruise boats (when possible!) have their place in a vibrant and improving resort community, while protecting the historical charms and environmental blessings that made the community desirable in the first place.

    I hope this forum allows me to learn and interact with similarly motivated individuals and groups.

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    Welcome from very cold Chicagoland!!!

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    Greetings. I think most of us have a level of civic activism in us, but alas many of us work for local governments where being apolitical is part of job security. There is a fine line between "professional recommendations" and "activism". Only speak when asked.

    BTW, I may be found foraging in winter wheat country on the western edge of the flint hills.
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    Welcome from the Queen City of the Rockies.

    Key West, huh. Know Jimmy Buffett?
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    welcome from the south shore of massachusetts!
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    Howdy from just north of Orlando!

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    Welcome from Colorado.

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    Welcome from the NW part of the state.

    I spent some time in California, too. Born and raised there.

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    Greetings community activist! If you get a a chance write your congressman and tell him you want full voting rights for DC residences.
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    Greetings....

    From Western Arizona.....

    Visited Key West a couple of times for family reunions....
    Learned to SCUBA there....
    Dry Tortuga is perhaps my favorite place in the lower 48!.......so far......but it was a quiet day on the island when I visited....in 1992.....

    Keep your eye's open for Bert J. Harris..(not Burt J. Harris)...he roams your neck of the woods and has a nasty bite

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    Hello, from Irving, TX!
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    Howdy from a North Floridian who is now stuck in the frozen tundra of Penn.

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    Greetngs from a blizzard-infested NW Ohio. We look forward to your posts.

    BTW.....NW Ohio is the summertime home of Pat Dailey. I believe that you can find "The Great Lakes Troubadour" in Key West in the colder months of the year.

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