Flushing, Florida, was a destination for travelers to the resort community in the 1980s.
But with the Great Recession and the closure of many hotels, it is no longer a destination.
Residents and visitors alike are calling for more tourism to revive the resort town, which has become a favorite for families and vacationers alike.
Flushing is the site of a planned $150 million hotel and resort complex that will be built by the developer.
Residents have expressed frustration with the lack of tourism in the area, which was one of the first places in Florida to recover from the economic downturn.
Many are concerned that the complex will make the city more attractive for developers looking to build hotels and apartments in the city, where a growing number of residents have fled due to rising crime rates.
The plan includes a large residential development and a mixed-use complex, and it will be the first of its kind in the state.
Residents want more hotels in Flushing.
Many say the resort will bring jobs, housing, and a sense of community to the city.
“It’s a place where people feel comfortable,” said Marjorie Lohr, an area resident.
“People feel welcome.”
But residents also want the new hotel and hotel development to be a positive development for the community.
They want the resort and its development to provide jobs for residents, increase property values, and bring economic and social benefits to the community, which is predominantly white.
The area’s unemployment rate is more than double that of the city of Miami-Dade County, which lies just outside of Flushing on the Florida Gulf Coast.
“They have to pay for that development.
They have to build those hotels and they have to maintain them,” said Lohs father, David Loh.
“But I think we want to see a lot more development in the future,” he said.
“I don’t want to lose my neighborhood.”
Loh said the resort would be built in an area that already has plenty of amenities for families.
“We don’t need a hotel.
We don’t have to buy a new car,” Loh added.
Residents also said that the development would create thousands of new jobs in the surrounding community, adding that it would be good for the local economy.
“Flushing is an area where we’ve had good jobs for decades, and we’ve done nothing to attract these new jobs,” said Maria Cordero, a member of the community group, Local Concerns for a Responsible Economy.
Local Concerned For a Responsive Economy, a coalition of local businesses, environmental groups, and community groups, is working to pass a resolution in support of the Flushing development.
The group, which includes local politicians and business owners, is trying to persuade the city to support the development and increase tourism.
Corderos father said he hopes the development will be a boost for the city as it tries to compete with other communities in the Sunshine State.
“If you’re going to have hotels and condos, you need to be able to attract more tourists and jobs,” he added.
But, he added, “I think we need to do it right.
We’re trying to protect the people that we’re here to serve, and if we do that right, we’re going be able put it right here.”
Local Concern is planning to host an event to address the issues residents want addressed in the development, including what to do with the residents who are displaced due to the hotel and development.
Local concerns are organizing a series of events to discuss the development.
Loh is not optimistic about the development’s impact on his community.
“There’s not a lot of people here to help,” he explained.
“This is going to be our little town and it’s going to continue to be.
We’ve been here for decades.
We need to see some new things.”
Residents and tourists alike are worried about the new development.
“What we’re seeing is that hotels and development is happening everywhere,” said Mark Pazos, a Flushing resident.
Local concern is also organizing a group tour of the development to bring awareness to the issue of displaced residents.
“These are people that have been here a long time, they’re going home and it is really devastating,” he told WESH.
“So, it’s really important that we show them that this is not going to stop.”