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Snowbird season hits Jupiter

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Addison Gload
Snowbirds visit primarily from New Jersey, New York and surrounding northern states.

Migratory individuals who seek refuge from the winter’s chill up north, more commonly known as snowbirds, find comfort in the Sunshine State. This annual migration has become a hallmark lifestyle choice, offering benefits and potential drawbacks to locals. 

The surge in population during the winter months can result in increased traffic congestion. Snowbirds and residents contribute to crowded roadways, impacting daily commutes and local transportation systems. 

“It normally takes me 10 minutes to get home from school but during this season, it takes me around 25 because of the traffic,” Anna Albertsson, sophomore, said.   

Many snowbirds own second homes or rent vacation properties, which means these properties are often left vacant for the majority of the year. This leads to wasted energy and resources as the homes need to be maintained and powered even when no one is using them. Additionally, the increased water usage during the winter months can put a strain on Florida’s already limited water resources.

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“My grandparents own a house down here and only come during the winter, so their house sits empty for the remaining months,” Albertsson said. 

Snowbirds can also have a negative impact on the local culture and community. This can lead to a lack of community engagement and a decrease in social cohesion. The influx of snowbirds can also lead to overcrowding and the popular tourist areas making it difficult for locals to enjoy their neighborhoods and attractions. 

“Around this time of year, my parents don’t go to U-Tiki or any of those restaurants on the water because the wait is always so long,” Sofia Laschinski, sophomore, said. 

While this time may stress Floridians out, snowbirds essentially become temporary tourists, exploring and enjoying the attractions that Florida has to offer. The tourism industry, a vital component of Florida’s economy, experiences a significant boost during the snowbird season. Popular destinations, theme parks, and recreational areas benefit from increased visitor numbers, leading to higher revenue for the state.

“I work at U-Tiki and I’ve noticed a significant increase in people coming in but I’m also receiving a lot more tips recently which has been nice,” Frederick Grimes, junior, said.

The increased population during the snowbird season may strain local resources, but it also results in additional revenue for public services. Taxes paid by snowbirds support local schools, healthcare facilities and infrastructure maintenance, helping to enhance the quality of life for both temporary and permanent residents.  

Snowbirds bring diversity to Fla. communities. Their presence enriches the cultural fabric of the state as they participate in local events, engage with community initiatives, and contribute to the overall society’s vibrancy. This cultural exchange fosters a dynamic and inclusive environment. 

Despite the benefits, locals are still frustrated with the influx of seasonal visitors causing increased traffic, crowded amenities, and a shift in the typically tranquil atmosphere. 

“My brother and I get so aggravated when we have to sit in 20 minutes of traffic on our way home from school everyday,” Laschinski said.

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Makayla Frederick, sophomore, is a staffer in War Cry. Frederick was eager to join the staff after hearing positive feedback from a friend about War Cry, which sparked her interest in writing. She has always been a passionate and talented writer and already enjoys the uplifting and motivating environment in the newspaper classroom. In her free time, Frederick loves riding horses, going to the beach and going on her boat with friends. Her goals this year for War Cry are to “succeed, meet new people, and improve [her] writing skills.”
Addison Gload, Media Manager and School News Editor
Addison Gload, junior, is the Media Manager and School News Editor for the Jupiter War Cry, having joined her sophomore year. Gload is always looking for new information to share with her peers; she enjoys being able to make school news known and sharing the ins and outs of what is happening. As a Fla. native, Gload takes part in clubs and leadership positions such as, Historian of Student Government Association and Parliamentarian of the Class of 2025 and now as a manager and editor in War Cry. “I like the class dynamic. [The staff] is really nice and sweet and helpful,” Gload said. “I also like being able to write and being on the website and being proud of what I put out and have other people be able to read it and learn from it.” Gload enjoys pursuing her passion for photography and being able to catalog wonderful memories through pictures. “I kind of started more in ninth grade when I took Media Studies, and they taught us how to photograph and then I’ve just been doing it on my own a little but I found that it's really fun to take really pretty pictures and seeing it again in the end,” Gload said.

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