Snowbird Extravaganza - 2007

Posted date : Jan 30, 2007.Back to list

Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) president Gerry Brissenden, accompanied by CSA legal counsel Wallace Weylie, recently addressed the Florida Property Tax Reform Committee at their meeting in Tampa, Florida. The opportunity for the association to make a formal in-person deputation to the committee was the result of a separate meeting that the president had recently with outgoing Florida Governor Jeb Bush in Tallahassee.

Canadian and northern United States snowbirds have expressed overwhelming concern with respect to the impact of disproportionate increases in property taxes.

In essence, many members of the association are indicating that the disproportionate shifting of the property tax burden onto the shoulders of winter Floridians is causing them to seriously consider selling their homes in Florida and relocate their winter residences to other sunbelt states.

The University of Florida estimates that approximately 920,000 temporary winter residents resided in Florida in 2004 (down from 970,000 in 1997). The economic impact this represents to the state of Florida is huge and is measured in the billions of dollars.

The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) is a national, non-partisan, not-for-profit advocacy organization – registered in Canada as well as in the state of Florida – dedicated to actively defending and improving the rights and privileges of snowbird travellers. It is a grassroots association whose board of directors is comprised of unpaid, elected volunteers, representing hundreds of thousands of travellers from all the provinces and territories of Canada as well as the northern United States.

CSA president Gerry Brissenden will be addressing the issue at the 13th annual Snowbird Extravaganza in Lakeland, Florida on January 30th and 31st at the Lakeland Center.

Snowbird Extravaganza is the largest single gathering of Canadians outside of Canada and is one of the largest mature lifestyle events in the world.

Extravaganza 2006 was attended by over 30,000 snowbirds over a two day period.

The Lakeland Center
701 W. Lime Street, Lakeland, Florida 33815

Tuesday, January 30, and Wednesday, January 31, 2007
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.s. both days

Free Admission/Free Prizes – All Are Welcome

This event  combines a consumer show featuring products and services of local and national organizations with three stages of entertainment and a special presentation by Busch Gardens/Sea World, Central Florida Eurocars and Florida Lottery.

Each year, tens of thousands of Canadian and American winter visitors migrate to the state of Florida to escape the cold winter weather of the north. Snowbird Extravaganza is a homecoming and a celebration of this unique way of life, the “Snowbird Lifestyle”.

Entertainment featured at this event includes The Diamonds (Why Do Fools Fall In Love), Gordie Tapp (cousin Clem of Hee Haw), Las Vegas legend Bob Anderson, Catherine McKinnon (Juno Award Winner), Cape Breton tenor Tom Leadbeater, the “funny guy who juggles” Sean Emery, Nashville recording artist Crystal Gage and the legendary Mo Vint and the Harmonicats.

Sponsors that made this event possible with the general support include Florida Lottery, The Tampa Tribune, Central Florida Eurocars, Paragon Casino Resort, Seaworld Adventure Park, Busch Gardens, Manulife Financial,, Medipac Travel Health Insurance and the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA).

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Michael MacKenzie