Snowbirds don't mind the 'cold' - FOX 13 News

Snowbirds don't mind the 'cold'

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

The weather in the Bay Area was yucky on Wednesday -- cold, damp, and overcast. But it was still nicer than in Canada, where locals are tired of snow, ice and the mercury being frozen solid in the negative numbers.

That explains why snowbirds love to come to Florida. Even though it may not be chamber of commerce weather here every day, it beats the weather back home by a long shot.

Although the official numbers are not in yet, it seems like more snowbirds than ever attended the annual Snowbird Extravaganza which was just held at the Lakeland Center. Organizers were expecting a whopping 35,000 people over two days.

"We'll have a record for the show after today," Bob Slack, head of the Canadian Snowbird Association, told FOX 13. "I don't know how we'll ever surpass it."

The booming numbers are a good sign for Florida's economy. Canadians are still willing to come here and spend even though they have a challenge this year.

The exchange rate for them is only 90 cents on the dollar. It could be worse; the exchange rate back in 2002 was a dismal 62 cents on the dollar.

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