BrigantineNOW Reader Feedback…from Terry….
Thru out my life no matter where I have vacationed, out of towners are referred to as shoobies. We all know it’s a derogatory term but it remains just the same. Many of us can ignore it or accept it with pride.
And there will always be that small group that insists on its use. It is what it is and we are who we are. I’m sure those shoebox lunch travelers of long ago didn’t mean to be singled out. It was probably because of economic times that they did what they did.
Keep in mind, that just because a term was coined 50+ years ago doesn’t mean it is correct for today’s use. And yes, we pay our taxes but we do not interfere with the political workings of the island. We accept that the year round residents vote and have all our interests at heart when they do.
BUT, it wasn’t until Superstorm Sandy hit, that we realized how cruel this small group of bullies are and how vocal they can be. Everyone’s emotions ran high for a very long time as we awaited news that we could return to our homes.
It didn’t matter if we lived on Brigantine year round or just summers. We were all in the same situation hoping our beloved Brigantine survived.
I and members of my family experienced the loss this disaster brought forth at home. But Brigantine was always on our mind. Trapped (and I mean trapped) in our situation, the internet was our only lifeline for Brigantine news.
To be beat-down by this minority at what felt like every chance they could increased the emotional toll on all of us.
There was even a post on Tripadvisor for the review of a restaurant that used this term in the title. Now is this the type of tourism we want the world to see? Currently, its use has become as bad as the “FOOT” controversy some time ago. Take a look at some of the facebook, twitter etc., postings and you’ll see what’s now out there for all to read.
I believe that we have come to a time where the use of “shoobies” needs to end or be quieted so that we all can heal, mend and rebuild. All of us take our Pride in Homeownership very seriously.
I would like to suggest that we begin by renaming “Shoobie Tuesday” to “Brigantine Day”. It should be a yearly celebration for the towns people of the end of another wonderful summer season and not a day to pick fun at valued neighbors.
We are all Brigantine!!