Friday, April 15, 2016
Dalton Newberry, Islamorada
“I spent all my summers playing baseball in Nashville. I had a job opportunity here in the Keys, so I jumped on it. I left corporate America in Nashville doing logistics and moving freight, for the Keys lifestyle, having fun and doing what I want to do. They pay didn’t change much but the cost of living is much higher here.
I have been here about 6 months now. What I am looking forward to most is women. I know, 10 – 1 odds, but there are a lot of people who move through here so you never know! I’ll meet a lot of people, it could happen.
My biggest struggle other than the cost of living is finding people I can trust. It’s hard to meet good people you can trust when you’re in a new place. I left a really wide circle of friends in Nashville and now I am like a lonesome dove.
Your reputation down here is everything. It’s a small town, nothing stays quiet. People talk. You don’t want to have a tarnished name down here, it ruins your credibility. I am part of the chamber; things are changing down here and I am young enough that I can be a part of that change, for the better. I would love to sponsor a baseball team down here for kids; that is one of my goals for the next couple of years, I just need to meet the right people and figure it out.
You have to have goals, you have to have a plan to move forward; no one likes a person who’s stagnant. I don’t. If I’m not moving forward I feel like I’m moving backwards. That’s just me.
I have a future for myself, I have a plan, and I am going to get it. Whatever I have to do, I am willing to work hard for it!”
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