There’s a new generation of snowbirds flocking to South Florida this season according to Michael Laughlin of the Sun Sentinel.
They’re young, mobile and working remotely due to COVID-19. The pandemic has closed their offices. All they want is great Florida weather and a good WiFi.
They are in their 20s, 30s and 40s and lived in New York and New Jersey until the pandemic made them think about life in the big city.
They are called snowchicks, offspring of our the seasonal Florida snowbirds.
Jessica Stallone, 29, has moved from New York to live with her parents and sister in Boca Raton, where she grew up, and feels like she is missing out on the key life experience of becoming self-reliant after finishing school.
“I want to live my life. I love my independence,” said Stallone, who works remotely for the Anti-Defamation League. “It’s been a difficult adjustment.”
After finishing graduate school at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Stallone came home to Boca Raton for spring break as the pandemic began and stayed for three months. She moved to New York in September to take the ADL job, came home for Thanksgiving and is hunkering down in Boca now for a second long-term stay.
“I thought I’d go back after the holiday,” she said. “As it got closer to the flight, the reality was that the pandemic was going in the wrong direction.”
Stallone says she’s here “indefinitely.”
“I’m going to stay put down here until I feel like it’s safe to be back in the city or there’s a vaccine available to me, or both,” she said.