When we were putting together this year's Best of Broward-Palm Beach edition (out on the streets now), we stumbled across an old category we had dreamed up for something else: Best Meetup group (i.e. on Meetup.com
I had just finished reporting a story about local preppers getting ready for a dollar collapse or other doomsday scenario. And it turns out they congregate through a Meetup group
that brings together diverse members (old and young, gun nuts, families, single moms...) for occasional events. And they'd be more than happy to show you the ropes, if you're really interested.
As Best Of was going to press, we learned that Neal Wiseman, one of the main characters in our story, had shut down Dixie Guns and Ammo to focus on other business ventures. The gun shop had been the main gathering point for the preppers, and we had to scrub the item from the print edition at the last minute.
But it turns out that the group is still as active as ever, and Wiseman is still at the helm. Though there won't be any more barbecues in a camouflage-bedecked public-storage lot in Pompano Beach with the smell of fresh gunpowder in the air (not really), there are sure to be plenty of events that spread awareness of survival techniques with a general punch-drunk optimism about the incredible odds we mere humans currently face.
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