I was sailing along the other day when I saw this bumper sticker:
I think it's too soon to throw in the towel and say "ruin" in the past tense, but it certainly serves as a good reminder that we need to preserve all the authentic cool that made people want to come to Venice in the first place. So get out there and be weirdos if you want. Express yourselves. Protest and stick up for people. Don't jack up rents like greedy dickheads. YOU know who you are. Don't sell your funky old cottage to the highest bidder. Stand your ground. Hallowed ground. Buy local and play music. Support artists of all kinds. Reject chains. Reject entitlement. Help your neighbors and use your yards. Grow stuff. Bike everywhere. Skateboard. Go for a swim in our Ocean. Clean your beach. Check out community events. Share. Preserve. Respect. Golden Rule.
Or in just one word, Care.
Above all, have FUN here ... before it all really is ruined and we're just another story about the good old days before you were all corporate droids.