There are signs that the real estate bust of a few years ago here in Florida is starting a turn around.
Apparently, there is nothing like cold, snowy, nasty winters in the north to boost the Florida economy.
And then a great deal more of the thick tree and shrub cover started being bulldozed and burned off.
And not far away:
Three years ago, Mike's last winter in Florida, this space was entirely wooded. Cattle and horse farms were nearby. When I came last winter this strip mall had popped up.
When I got here this winter, a MacDonald's had been added. What surer sign of a construction boom? And, yes, land is being cleared for new developments all around this area as well.
Quiet little Venice is changing.