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Boat US is a great organization that has a strong lobby group. I do not doubt it is very much like your AOPA. I have been a member a long, long time. They do not just support "real estate" but many other causes that boaters need representation for. Membership is cheap and they are worth being a part of.
As far as your thoughts on real estate, you are quite right in all respects. In fact, at one of the marinas we were at, they would have sold it off a long time ago if the city had changed the ordinance or had been made a good offer.
As for your concerns for the dissapearing real estate, well, I have a number of thoughts. First and foremost, let me say I agree with you that is a terrible shame that what once was countless miles of undisturbed islands and shorline is now a builders paradise for condos, huge houses, and hotels that rival the Ritz. It is a terrible thing. Sadder yet, believe it or not, most of the homes in South Florida are not inhabitated but a few months (and sometimes just weeks) of the year. On the block we lived on, only three houses had full-time residents. We never knew who half our neighbors were. They were always trying to get new renters in there. Kinda tough place to raise kids. And, keep in mind, these are fairly (to very) expensive houses (as I am sure you would gather from my previous thread).
The changing demographics is a sign for the times I am afraid. The baby-boomers are retiring. THey have money. They want a warmer climate and pretty views. They want all year golf courses, ocean views, nice restaurants, plush condos or hotels. Thus, the developers respond (and have over responded, but that is another conversation). The State of Florida, for all of its negatives, has also tried to step in some and buy land and dedicate it to preserves so that the whole state does not get turned into a concrete parkinglot. But the state could never buy enough land to stop what is inevitable: people over-populating the earth.
What you are seeing now is a brief glimpse of the future, and not neccessarily a good one. The shorelines will dissapear. The condos will rise. And the natural habitats of the earth will be dissected into small picture frames and snap shots of State owned land and billioaire donations. Along with this "progress", we will lose more and more coral reefs, coutless habitats of fish and 'land-based' wildlife, and much of the world as you and I know it.
Maybe now, for a brief moment, people will understand why my wife and I try and wok so hard to take our kids cruising. Maybe you will understand why I am such an advocate of boating and exploring and making the plunge - even at the risk of serious financial reprocussions: IT IS ALL DISSAPEARING. Your father's and grandfather's planet is no longer here. I think the housing bubble is past and the development will slow a bit for a while... but it will all come back again. How long do you have to wait? How long can you? How important is it to you?
THose are the questions we inevitably must ask ourselves.