Seaside And SnowbirdsTuesday, March 23, 2010
The latest issue of Southern Cultures arrived, and one of the essays is entitled, "The Rise and Fall of the Redneck Riviera".
...where Robert Davis, an Alabama native with a northern education, set out to build an "old fashioned" Florida village and ended up building what Time magazine declared "could be the most astounding design achievement of its era."In a sense Seaside reflected what had become of the Baby Boomers who were evolving from bourgeois rednecks to just plain bourgeois.
...it wasn't long before Seaside had become a code-controlled community of architecturally designed wooden houses, painted colors that never appeared in nature, topped with tin roofs, and christened with cute names.---..."Pastel Hell," as the neighbors called it, was designed to appeal to the upper-income, Southern Living-reading, Lexus-driving, Republican-voting, Dixie yuppie.
Locals also complain that the old and northern drive too slowly, clog up the check-out lines at the grocery stores, are rude and pushy and, more than anything else, are Yankees - which explains the popular bumper sticker that reads: "If this is snowbird season, why can't I shoot one?"
...before the storm some had suggested that it should be taken over and maintained by the state Historical Commission so future generations could see what a Redneck Riviera motel once was.