You gotta hand it to Charmian Miller and Debbie Pinkley. The friends are turning a joke into a political statement and business opportunity.
After two Anna Maria Island elected officials made misconstrued statements about "day trippers" swamping the island and the beaches, Miller and Pinkley came up with an idea in jest: bumper stickers that proclaim "AMI Day Tripper."
Then they embraced the idea, began producing bumper stickers and plan to sell them along the Palma Sola Causeway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday -- out of a pontoon boat called Slow Motion.
This is akin to turning lemons into lemonade.
By the way, as we've already opined, we support the primary concern of both Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn and Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti. The island's visiting troublemakers are not the vast majority of mainland residents who enjoy the sand and surf, but those who show disrespect and disdain for common decency and courtesy by breaking parking laws and trashing the beaches and neighborhoods.
That said, the bumper sticker is a clever way to make a statement. Day trippers, after all, are valued customers of island businesses.