And Leading the Way to Prosperity

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM.

Both ends are increasingly coming to a discernible middle ground – the micropolis. This trending toward balance of natural, spiritual and practical looks alot like certain areas of the Florida panhandle as it already is.

On the Verge and Poised to Grow – in Port St. Joe

The city of Port St. Joe, on the Bay of St. Joseph at the ‘sunset face’ of the panhandle’s ‘trigger,’ is at the verge of two distinct and friendly-rivaling regional branding campaigns. Geographically blessed at the far east of the Emerald Coast with its largely developed white sand beaches and at the western-most edge of the Forgotten Coast with its largely undeveloped natural gulf beaches, this city and this Gulf sound – taken together – are somewhat roguishly and steadfastly distinct from either the Forgotten Coast introversion or Emerald Coast extroversion:

A naturally embayed natural deep water port basin with no significant freshwater influence (the only such bay in the eastern Gulf of Mexico) and three-quarters of which is designated an aquatic preserve, the bay area is abundant with plant and animal species, many of which are unique in Florida and the Gulf, and a few which are unique in all North America. This collective stewardship obligation requires one to think through and attempt to anticipate the unintended consequences of one’s choices and actions. It really does slow down time, if for no better purpose than deep consideration.

A truly micropolitan population possessing an enormous potential of energy, experience and brain-power – now largely in the retirement demographic, but increasingly in business and cultural non-profits as well – all just waiting to be tapped for arts, education, direct civic engagement and the consistency of the rule of law – all prerequisites for sustainable, meaningful business. An instinctive sensibility to economic, technological and political cycles – and their influences upon one another – creates a broader than average mindset toward integrity of desire, power, meaning and purpose, particularly in democratic public process.

If “luck favors the prepared,” then the next great tide of prosperity to enter St. Joseph Bay will be ushered in with a full vision of this place, its people, and its future, combined with the unique natural, historic and culturally significant assets it already possesses:

being Florida’s Constitutional birthplace and the origin and organic foundation of its Florida law (with only a single vote keeping it from actually becoming the state’s Capital),

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