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It’s A Bit Much With The Constant Complaining. People Really Do Live Here, And Love It Here, Year Round.

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We all love New York. But why do New Yorkers who come here complain so much? (Image: Courtesy NY Dept. of Tourism).

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — It is car carrier season in South Palm Beach County. That means the annual migration of New Yorkers to Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton, and other areas is now underway. And with that migration comes the general annoyance felt by many full-time residents who legitimately call South Florida “home.”

We start by clarifying one important point: “New Yorkers” is not code for anything. When we write “New Yorkers,” we are referring to people who live most of the year in New York, then flock to South Florida when the temperature plummets. New Yorkers are all races, genders, religions, heights and weights. But they share one thing in common. They live in New York. And judging by the ongoing complaints sent to us, and posted by these visitors to social media sites, many of those New Yorkers are generally unhappy.

In the span of just a few days, people self-identifying as New York residents — who have chosen on their own to come here for the winter — have complained to us, and online, about the price of parking on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. They have complained about cleaning services where workers “don’t speak English.” They have complained about the closure of KMart. They have complained about the price of fish at Costco. And they have complained about the price of having a dishwasher purchased at a big box store installed. They have complained about the air quality in a local bar — where they chose on their own to eat. And they have complained about traffic. They have complained about the weather. They have complained about their car carriers not being allowed in their gated communities where they are renting homes. And they have complained about people complaining.

While generally loves hearing and reading complaints, this season seems to have taken on a new level of, well, complaining. We note that the people complaining made the decision to come here and live among those of us who truly live here year-round. To them, says this: you may be on vacation, but South Florida is a place where people work every day, where kids go to school, where municipalities face the same issues and challenges that municipalities in New York face, and where traffic is always an issue. (By the way, you being here made it more of an issue). We say that you are welcome to be frustrated, and you are welcome to post comments and send emails that make you seem generally clueless. But we ask that maybe you research a bit before sharing your complaint with the masses.

For instance, why assume that someone who doesn’t speak English can’t effectively clean your home? Why complain about the air quality of a restaurant where you walked inside and decided to stay? Why complain about traffic if you choose to drive on a road that is clearly marked as being under construction, something you could have read about online? Why complain about Costco if you choose to go to Costco? And why — oh why — are you complaining about your car carrier not being permitted to drop off your car in front of the home you’re probably not supposed to be renting in various country clubs and gated communities across South Palm Beach County?

We welcome all to the great melting pot that is South Florida. But we also share this: I-95 runs both north and south. If you really can’t find anything to do here but complain, maybe make space for someone else who wants to be here. Care to comment or complain? Use the form, below.

Starting January 9th, join Andrew Colton weekdays from 6-10 a.m. He is the new host of South Florida’s First News on South Florida’s powerhouse news and information station NewsRadio 610, WIOD. Listen over the air, on your smart device, or on the iHeart Media app available in the Apple and Android App Stores.




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