Turnaround Town

  The Dolphins are in the playoffs, completing an astounding turnaround.  Their ghastly 1-15 record of last year has somehow morphed into an 11-5 season, and their first post-season berth since 2001.

   The Heat are poised to make a similar turnaround, having already surpassed last season’s win total.  16-13 isn’t setting the world on fire, of course, but it sure looks good after the 2007-08 disaster of 15-67.

   South Florida’s non-athletic numbers are far less encouraging.  Unemployment in Miami-Dade and Broward hovers at 6-7%, better than the statewide average, but two points above last year.

  And the real estate prices that had so many of us feeling wealthy on paper a couple of years back are still hurting.  Median home prices, in the mid-to-high $300K’s a year ago, are now in the low $200K’s, off about 35% in South Florida counties.

   Never has a community needed athletic triumph more, as a morale-booster.  So– GO DOLPHINS and GO HEAT, and may 2009 bring better numbers for the rest of us, as well.

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