Sarasota screenwriter Kevin Biegel is trying to be a one-man stimulus package for the lackadaisical local economy by setting his new show Cougar Town in a fictional city south of Sarasota. Sarasota leaders are ecstatic about the prospects of receiving some free publicity other than the usual scams, shootings and swindles.
Said one county commissioner, "I think this will be big. So big, in fact, that I'm recommending to my fellow commissioners that we buy up a couple hundred acres of land for the future development of a Cougar Town theme park. I envision a Disneyesque setting, only with trendy bars, electric night clubs, elegant ristorantes, eclectic bistros and luxury hotels specializing in steamy trysts."
"Savannah is still making money off Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, New York City has Sex and the City tours; we used to have a Pee-Wee Herman tour here in town, but it kind of fizzled out several years ago."
Not to be outdone, Englewood now wants to be known as Codger Town, Arcadia wants to be called Cooter Town, Bradenton is playing up its new Cooler Town moniker and North Port would like to be called.......well, North Port.
Not everybody is thrilled over the prospect of this image re-invention for Sarasota, though. Briswold Firthminger, local retiree, would rather see things stay just the way they are. "I don't see what the big deal is about Wally Cox representing Sarasota." When corrected, he said, "Oh, Courtney Cox. Well, now, she's a cute little thing, isn't she?"
Also hoping to cash in on the new Cougar Town designation will be Bobby: