Melissa Barnes, 23, of New Port Richey is still reassuring herself that one day she will up and leave town for good. From pipe dreams of moving North, to short-lived moves to Tampa, Melissa’s past attempts at leaving New Port Richey have proved futile.
Melissa is among the ever-growing group of West Pasco millennials who claim to desperately want to leave, but never do. Professor of Human Georgraphy at the renown Pasco-Hernando State College, Dr. William Boyle, said that he and his colleagues have noticed the trend among West Pasco millennials, but that more research needs to be done before drawing any conclusions. He said,
“We have definitely have noticed the phenomenon, but due to the sensitive nature of the topic at hand, all I can say publicly is that we are working tirelessly on identifying what is going on.”
Until researchers can accurately pinpoint the problem, Melissa (and countless other local millennials) have no choice but to continue their dreary lives in New Port Richey, desperately hoping for a better tomorrow.