My Life in Florida These Days!

OPINION

Dear friends,

Every so often I depart from my usual political punditry and use the “Coastal Network” to share personal stuff. As most of my readers know, being a lifelong Delawarean, born and raised in Lewes, Delaware, a graduate of St. Andrew’s School and the University of Delaware, I consider myself an expert on Delaware, its history, and all things political—especially Joe Biden.

I moved to Palm Beach, Florida seven years ago after the death of my wife Maria who died a terrible and painful death from breast cancer. People ask how I am doing and I must say in all honesty, this past year was for me personally and emotionally, the most difficult one of my life, as I am sure it was for many of you. I was for a whole year, pretty much isolated, due to the dreaded Covid 19 pandemic.

I was totally without female companionship, having experienced an upsetting and failed relationship with an old girlfriend. Indeed I was upset about the national political situation as well, having lost friends over the Trump/Biden debacle, which is the only way to describe it.

Folks, I truly admit to being afraid, and I was lonely for the first time in my life. All I can say is thank God for my wonderful, adopted cat, “Miss Josephine,” who loves me unconditionally, who always was willing to snuggle up, especially when the incessant feeling of being lonely seemed to prevail and was overly disconcerting. I am sure at times, many of you experienced the same sense of desperation. When you don’t have a spouse, and you live alone, a pet can be a life saver. My cat surely was for me.

Finally, able to get both Covid vaccine shots after being overlooked and bypassed by 40,000 people (I took the Moderna Vaccine) and living under the direction of the nation’s best Governor in Ron DeSantis, who at least allowed us freedom, I have now been able to re-establish some normalcy and human to human communication that has made me feel much better.

I can’t imagine how terrible it must have been to live in Delaware, New York, or New Jersey and watch your livelihoods destroyed and having to live under that grotesque despotism and tyranny, perpetrated by those state’s Governors.

Man is not an island and we surely need each other. Regardless, folks I am back in action, I am really fit for an ancient mariner, not bad looking, little baggage, and have a few bucks — so ladies, check me out— I am a conservative Republican with some social tolerance who loves to travel and loves action! I also like “long, slow kisses that last 3 days” (line from the movie “Bull Durham”) LOL.

Like most places, workers are being paid by the federal government, not to work, and Florida does have an employment problem. I ate breakfast the other day at the nationally-known restaurant chain “Toojays” on Palm Beach Island. Folks, the food was not fit to eat, the service was terrible, and the manager had no clue. Low quality workers or none at all seem to pervade many of the former, popular restaurants even in the free state of Florida. Regardless, people are flocking to South Florida in droves, as prosperity is way ahead of the national curve here in the Sunshine state.

Folks, things are better for me these days as I hope they are for you. I have hope for the future which is extremely important. Indeed, “Hope springs eternal”—as stated brilliantly by Alexander Pope in his “Essay on Man.”

As always your comments are welcome and appreciated.

Best regards,
JUDSON Bennett-Coastal Network

About Judson Bennett

Captain A. Judson Bennett was a life- long resident of Lewes, DE. He served the maritime industry for 33 years, primarily as a Delaware River Pilot, guiding large ships to the Port of Philadelphia. Captain Bennett has been an active and consistent entrepreneur over the years.

He was elected as a Lewes City Councilman for 6 years. Afterwards he ran for the Sussex County Council as a Republican, and with 20 thousand people voting, lost Delaware’s closest election by 3 votes to an 8 year incumbent. Abandoning his personal political ambitions, he became the Republican District leader, advocating conservative values. Captain Bennett became a lobbyist in the state legislature advocating among many ideas, financial literacy concepts in education. He managed several political campaigns, including one for Governor of Delaware and one for the US Senate against VP Joe Biden. He is now the owner, operator, and writer for the Coastal Network which communicates regularly with over 6000 people throughout the State of Delaware.

Captain Bennett is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE (where the movie “The Dead Poet’s Society was filmed) and also graduated “Magna Cum Laude” from the University of Delaware with a BA in Criminal Justice and an MA in Liberal Studies.

He is now a Widower, living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Captain Bennett has one son, three grandchildren, and one great grand-daughter, all who live in Richmond, Virginia.