In response to the New Jersey winter resident complaint about Florida drivers (“Snowbird finds Jersey roads safer,” Wednesday). As a native of West Palm Beach and one whose family was in business for 60 years, I can assure the writer that those who complain about clogged roads, not getting a parking place at the mall etc. were never in business in a tourist community.
We depend upon the visitors for our livelihood for those few wonderful months of good weather that bring “y’all” down here. Maybe the writer would like the quiet communities we used to have before good restaurants, wonderful culture and all the golf one would like.
All that has come about because people like you either relocated permanently or just came to enjoy our area in the winter months to get away from your not-so-lovely weather in the North.
As for the drivers who have Florida tags: We never had a native population that could account for all those Florida tags. These are drivers who come from every state in our country who have elected to become permanent Florida residents, and they bring with them the bad habits they learned elsewhere — along with the natives, who should know better.
DORIS B. ELLENBOGEN, PALM BEACH GARDENS