20 Reasons Not to Move to Florida

Updated on December 31, 2018
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Catherine has been living in Orlando, Florida since 1995. She loves living there, but wouldn't recommend it to everyone.

Lots of people want to move to Florida, but it isn't all sunshine and alligators.
Lots of people want to move to Florida, but it isn't all sunshine and alligators. | Source

Why Everyone Wants to Move to Florida

Set in the southeastern United States, Florida's subtropical climate draws millions of visitors each year. It's almost never very cold, and no part of the state is too far from the beach. With its theme parks, golf courses, sunshine and exotic animals, it's no wonder that everyone wants to live in Florida!

Florida is also a hugely popular destination for retirees. It has no state income tax, a low cost of living, and its large population of retirees means that there are lots of recreational activities for seniors. It also has a huge selection of Active Adult Communities and a decent healthcare system.

How Many People Live in Florida?

According to the 2014 Census projections, Florida is the third most populous state in the United States, putting it ahead of New York but behind California and Texas. Currently, almost 21 million people live in the Sunshine State, and its annual growth rate of 1.8% is above the national average. Most of the population increase is due to people moving to Florida from other states.

Sure Florida has sunshine, but it has a lot of drawbacks too.
Sure Florida has sunshine, but it has a lot of drawbacks too. | Source

Thinking of Moving to Florida? Think Again

It’s not all sunshine, seashore, and smiles. Here are 20 reasons not to move to Florida.

1. There are too many old people.

There are a lot of old people in Florida and they drive too darn slow, their blinkers on the whole time. I know this because I’m one of them. You can’t blame them too much—their hearing and vision are not as good as they used to be. However, you still have to share the road with them.

Most of Florida’s growth is due to its influx of retirees, so this problem is only going to get worse.

2. Too many tourists come to Florida.

About 100 million people visit Florida each year. That’s a lot of people. They clog the airports and roads. In Orlando, where I live, the roads near the theme parks have bumper to bumper traffic pretty much all day.

Being forced to drive at 5 mph will give you plenty of time to enjoy the sight of the tacky and garish souvenir shops and fast-food eateries that line the tourist strip. Inside the parks, everything is shiny and new and clean, and they look like a fantasy land. Outside the parks? Not so much.

Unfortunately, Florida's many theme parks means that it gets a lot of tourists.
Unfortunately, Florida's many theme parks means that it gets a lot of tourists. | Source

3. Traffic is terrible.

In Central Florida, the main highway is I-4. It goes from Daytona Beach on the East Coast, through Orlando, and ends in Tampa on the West Coast. It is the main road to access the theme parks. Traffic is very congested, and when there is an accident (and there are plenty), traffic can come to a standstill for hours.

Traffic will be even worse as I-4 undergoes a major renovation to add additional lanes. The renovation will take six years (2015-2021).

I hear I-95, around the Miami area, is just as bad.

4. Florida has bad gun policies.

George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted for his murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, is not the only trigger-happy fool in Florida. Two other notorious cases come to mind. Curtis Reeves shot and killed an unarmed young father in a movie theater because he was texting during the previews, and Michael Dunn shot into a van full of teenagers, killing one, because they were playing their music too loud. The former received a life sentence, so you will be safe from him at least. However, Florida has a "Stand Your Gound" law, which some people interpret as a license to kill.

Florida is NRA territory. Road-rage shootings are so common that the media doesn’t even bother to report on them anymore. Florida has gun ranges where young children can shoot automatic weapons. Someone was killed recently when a nine-year-old girl was firing a UZI and lost control of the gun. Giving a UZI to a nine-year-old—what could go wrong?

In Florida, we routinely hear about someone killed by a bullet shot into the air in celebration of something or other, or of someone shot by a stray bullet in their own backyard fired by someone doing a little target practice.

The influx of people moving to Florida has caused some terrible traffic all over the state.
The influx of people moving to Florida has caused some terrible traffic all over the state. | Source

5. The people of Florida make poor voting choices

The people of Florida elected Ron DeSantis as governor. Prior to that, they elected Rick Scott for governor twice. What you have to understand about Rick Scott is that before he ran for governor, he was CEO of Columbia/HCA. The company presided over the biggest Medicare fraud in history and the company had to pay a $1.7 billion fine. Rick Scott claimed he didn’t know anything about this fraud, but he had to plead the fifth about 75 times during the investigation.

If Rick Scott was CEO and didn’t know this massive fraud was going on right under his nose, he is a really poor manager. If he did know, he is a really bad criminal. Either way, is he the kind of person you would want running your state? The people of Florida said “Yes.” Do you want these people, who have such poor judgment, to be your neighbors?

6. Florida is hot!

I realize people are coming to Florida in search of a warm climate, but Florida is really, really, hot—and the humidity is high. There are only two seasons in Florida—summer and August, the latter of which lasts about 150 days.

If you like a 90-degree heat wave in December, then you will like Florida.

7. The roaches are huge.

Roaches like the hot weather just as much as humans do. They grow really, really large—about as big as your fist. OK, not that big—maybe as big as a baby’s fist, and that is still pretty big.

If you move to Florida, the first thing you need to do is sign up with a pest control company. They will come to your home on a regular basis and treat for “pests.” Fortunately, these days the pest control companies use “chemical barriers” that they apply to the outside of your home. They are not 100% effective, but when they fail, the pest control company should provide additional treatments at no additional cost—make sure that they do.

8. Sharknado would probably happen in Florida.

Volusia County in Florida is the shark-bite capital of the world. There are always lots of people in the water and lots of the type of fish that sharks like to eat swimming around—lots of sharks mean lots of shark bites. The sharks often swim in close to shore. However, it is only 20 to 30 attacks per year and most are not fatal. So far, there have been no tornado-borne sharks. So come on in, the water is just fine!

9. You might find a bear in your garage.

Developers rule in Florida. What developers want, developers get. What developers want is more sub-divisions. As the population of Florida grows, the number of sub-divisions increases and the habitat available for wildlife decreases. Often times, homes get built too close to the bears' habitats, and these hungry bears go looking for food. People put their garbage out in unsecured trash cans, which is like putting out an “all-you-can-eat buffet” sign for the bears. These animals are big and strong, and they can break into your garage or patio.

10. You might find an alligator in your pool.

There are over a million wild alligators in Florida. These reptiles prefer freshwater habitats like swamps and marshes, but they can also be found in rivers, lakes, and other small bodies of water, like your swimming pool or retention ponds. If you live near alligator habitat, you may just find an alligator taking a dip in your pool.

11. You might find a python in your backyard.

Pythons are an invasive species in Florida, so they have no natural predators. Every year, there is the Great Burmese Python Hunt for hunters to go out and kill pythons. If you bring back the largest one, you win a cash prize.

Happy Hunting!

12: Florida has hurricanes.

Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, although every now and then a hurricane hits outside these months.

I survived the hurricane season of 2004 when four major hurricanes hit—three of them where I live. The first and the worst was Hurricane Charley, with winds up to 150 miles an hour. I had some relatively minor damage to my house, but the worse thing was that I had no electricity for a week. It was kind of fun for the first few—kind like a camping trip—but it gets old fast.

Maybe I shouldn’t even mention the hurricanes—every place has natural disasters. The North has blizzards, and the West has earthquakes. I’d much rather mop up water than shovel snow, and I don’t much like the idea of the earth opening up.

13. The earth opens up in Florida. It is called a sinkhole.

Wait, the earth opening up? That actually happens pretty often in Florida, and it's called a sinkhole. A hole suddenly opens up in the ground, able to swallow up a car, house, or even a whole neighborhood.

A sinkhole occurs because of the Florida Aquifer, which is the source of much of Florida’s drinking water. The ground beneath Florida is composed of porous limestone which is a natural cache for rainwater. When the water level gets too low, the ground can cave in, forming a sinkhole. As the population of Florida grows, more water is taken from the Aquifer. This means more sinkholes.

14. Florida has tornadoes.

Florida has more tornadoes per square mile than any other state. However, to be fair, the tornadoes in Florida are not usually as bad as those in the Midwest. On the other hand, five times more people die from a tornado in Florida than in Kansas.

15. Florida is the lightning capital of the United States.

Sea breezes from the East and West Coasts meet in the middle of the state, causing severe thunderstorms during the summer months. They occur, on average, 100 times a year, and are often accompanied by lightning.

16. Florida is flat.

The highest elevation in Florida is 345 feet. It is called "Britton Hill.” In comparison, the Empire State Building in New York is 1,454 feet high, including the spire.

17. Florida can’t run a national election right.

In the 2000 election, Florida earned the nickname "Flori-duh,” because of the Bush-Gore presidential election recount. Years later, Florida still has election problems. In 2012, some people had to stand in line for 7 to 8 hours in order to vote.

18. Florida is not pedestrian friendly.

Pedestrian deaths are significantly higher in Florida than the national average. There are many roads without traffic lights—and even when there are lights, there are often long stretches between them. This leads to people trying to cross six lanes of traffic in the middle of the street.

Although pedestrians in Florida have the right of way, drivers don’t like to yield. If you stop for a pedestrian, the cars behind you will probably start honking their horns. Please stop anyway.

Living in Florida is not all sunshine—it's flat, has extreme weather, and its government is poorly run.
Living in Florida is not all sunshine—it's flat, has extreme weather, and its government is poorly run. | Source

19. Many Florida public schools are not very good.

The failures of the public schools are not due to bad teachers as governors Jeb Bush and Rick Scott would have you believe. It is due to low funding and a deliberate attempt to undermine the schools. Luckily, there are some nonprofit organizations trying to combat this issue.

Also, school starts in the middle of August in Florida. Everyone knows school is not supposed to start until after Labor Day!

20. Florida’s government is rife with corruption.

It’s not just a Florida problem, but Florida under former governors Jeb Bush and Rick Scott may be among the worst.

South Dakota's landscape, low cost of living, and nonexistent state income tax make it a great destination for retirees.
South Dakota's landscape, low cost of living, and nonexistent state income tax make it a great destination for retirees. | Source

Other Great States to Live In

Not all retirees have to move to Florida—it is not the only state with good weather, no state income tax, or a low cost of living! Do your research. There are 50 states to choose from, so you're bound to find someplace the checks all your boxes.

Here are some other great states for retirees:

South Dakota

South Dakota's population reports a generally high quality of life. There is plentiful nature, a low cost of living, and it's the second most tax-friendly state in the US. It's home to Mount Rushmore and is the 5th least densely populated state in the country. You'll practically have it to yourself! However, it does have harsh winters, so keep that in mind if you have an aversion to the cold.

Utah

For you nature lovers out there, Utah has four national parks and is filled with stunning landscapes. There's plenty to do, especially if you're the active type! In addition, it also boasts a low crime rate, a low cost of living, and low taxes. On the downside, however, it does get a lot snowfall in the winter.

Idaho

If you're not worried about how much you pay in taxes, Idaho could be a good option. It is very affordable, safe, and has pretty good healthcare. The bad news is that it's Idaho—there's not much diversity there, and it ranks low on culture rankings.

Florida has many beautiful beaches, making it a great place to live.
Florida has many beautiful beaches, making it a great place to live. | Source

Is Florida a Good Place to Live?

Florida has a lot to offer—the warm climate, natural beauty, theme parks, resorts, and no state income tax. Orlando, where I live, is an up and coming cosmopolitan region—it has good colleges, a thriving arts community, great museums, and fine restaurants. We even have a shiny new commuter rail line called Sun-Rail, which may help with traffic congestion on I-4.

That's why so many people want to live in Florida. It's why I'm glad I moved to Florida in 1995.

If You are Thinking of Moving to Florida...

The Florida Move Guide: The Unofficial Moving to Florida Warning, Decision and Help Guide
The Florida Move Guide: The Unofficial Moving to Florida Warning, Decision and Help Guide

The author of this book, Ron Stark, is a Florida real estate agent and is, himself, a "transplant" to Florida. He has helped many people make the move to Florida and also helped many others sell their Florida homes when they decided to move back home. His clients have given him a good understanding of the issues that you should consider when deciding if this move is right for you. He provides an honest look at both the pros and cons of living in Florida. I'm glad I moved to Florida over 20 years ago, but I wish I had read this book before I moved—I think I would have made different decisions about where to live, what type of house to buy, etc. His most important tip: Don't decide to move to Florida based on your experience as a vacationer in the state.

 

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Questions & Answers

  • Why is Florida such a poor state, and why is the rental housing mostly only for rich people or poor people, but little to none for middle-income people?

    Florida ranks 38 on the 50 stats in the U.S. for personal income. The median income was around $54,000 in 2016. Wages are low in Florida because tourism and service industries account for most of the jobs. Wages in these fields tend to be low.

    Housing for middle-income people is a problem not just in Florida but just about every state. The poorest people can get subsidized housing or dilapidated housing. The richest people can get luxury homes. The people in the middle are often left out.

    However, when I first moved to Florida, I found the cost of a home to be very reasonable. Of course, I moved here from the New York/New Jersey area where homes are very expensive. I guess it depends on what you are comparing it to. The median price of a home in Florida is $179,000. Depending on what county you wish to love at the median price can be from $409,000 to as little as $50,000.

    Rents are above average in Florida--$1,587 for a two-bedroom apartment, $366 higher than the U.S. average.

    Florida has an advantage over most other states because it has no income tax, but the lack of an income tax doesn't do yo much good if you have a very low income.

    (However, Florida does have property taxes and school taxes based on the value of your home. The sales tax is 6%.)

  • Is Florida getting hotter?

    The answer is "yes" according to an October 2018 article in the Orlando Sentinel: "The Natural Resources Defense Council released a study and map of the nation showing where extremely hot days — equaling the hottest 10 percent of summer days from past decades — are on the rise. Florida is among states with the biggest uptick." (https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-florida-we...

    According to "The Climate Reality Project," Florida is one of the states most vulnerable to climate change. But Governor Rick Scott has ordered government agencies not to use thew words "climate change." How can you combat a threat that you are not allowed to name?

    Florida is hot and it is projected to get even hotter. Increasing temperatures in the state present many challenges and public health dangers. These include an increase in harmful air pollutants, an increase in algae blooms that suffocate fish and change the ecosystems of Florida's waters, a decrease in crop productivity due to drought, and a rise in heat-related illnesses, which put the elderly, the very young, and the impoverished most at risk.

  • I'm concerned about the rising sea levels and the possible effects on Century Village in Deerfield Beach. Is it foolish to worry, or should I steer clear so I'm not underwater in five or ten years?

    Deerfield Beach is in Broward County. It is a coastal area and therefore rising sea level is something you should consider if you plan to buy property near the coast.

    In the past century, the sea level has risen 8 to 10 inches in South Florida. The rate of sea level rise is expected to increase due to the effects of global climate change.

    Broward County is highly vulnerable to sea level rise because it is a low-lying coastal area. The low-lying areas of Broward County can experience flooding and drainage issues due to saltwater intrusion.

    This is a particular threat during the summer months due to frequent thunderstorms (almost daily) and, of course, hurricanes. It is projected that Deerfield Beach could experience a one- foot sea level rise between 2040 - 2070 and a two-foot rise between 2060 – 2115. (Source: http://www.broward.org/Climate/Toolbox/Documents/R...

    In Dade County, which is adjacent to Broward County, Miami and Miami Beach are already experiencing serious flooding related to sea-level rise — even when there is no rain.

    Century Village Deerfield is located 3 miles from the beautiful Broward County white sand beaches.

    I found an interesting map that shows what Deerfield Beach would look like with a five-foot rise in sea level. Here's a link to the map. (You will need to type in "Deerfield Beach" in the search box at the top right.)

    https://ss2.climatecentral.org

    The line on the extreme right of the map the map is a coastal highway named A1--it is underwater. The next solid line on the right side of the map is the highway named I 95. It is not underwater. Century Village is just to the left of I 95, so with even a 5-foot rise, Century Village would still be OK.

    Since the projection is for only a 1-foot rise in the next 20 to 50 years, you won't be underwater if you move to Century Village Deerfield. However, I'm not sure how long the beautiful white sand beaches will still be there.

  • Is Florida also home to wildlife?

    Florida has an abundance of wildlife, on land, in the waters, and in the air.

    I mentioned some of the wildlife in the article: alligators, sharks, pythons, and bears.

    My favorite Florida wildlife is manatees (sometimes called sea cows). I find them endearing.

    Manatees are very large mammals (up to 3,500 pounds), but they are peaceable slow-moving herbivores. They are native to Florida and have been designated the official marine mammal of the state. They are an endangered species.

    The official state animal is the panther (Felis concolor coryi), (also an endangered species). The official state bird is the Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos). The official state freshwater fish is the Florida Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides floridanus). The official Florida saltwater fish is the Atlantic Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus). There are other categories of official Florida animals, but these are the main ones.

    You can get more information about Florida's wildlife at this website:

    http://www.stateofflorida.com/wildlife-in-florida....

  • What are your thoughts on moving from Florida to Ohio? My family of five are looking forward to a fresh start.

    Many people decide that Florida is not right for them. Deciding on what state to move to depends on many different things. Will you be able to find a better job there? Do you have family and friends living there? Will you have enough money to buy or rent a home there? Think about the issues that are important to you, and then research the state you would like to move to.

    I don't know anything about Ohio, so I can not advise you specifically about Ohio. Realtors know a lot about their area.

    Try contacting one in the area you are interested in and see what advice they have for you.

© 2015 Catherine Giordano

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      2 weeks ago

      You do realize, if Florida did not have a majority of people from other states and they would all just go back to where they came from, there would not be the ever so many issues involving the ignorance and stupidity of people :D

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      bob hogen 

      4 weeks ago

      this was a really good articel i thank whoever wrote this it was very helpful

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      emily 

      4 weeks ago

      ohhh a liberal viewpoint Nice.

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      jj 

      4 weeks ago

      it’s obvious you dislike florida.

      please tell all your friends. tell acquaintances. heck, tell strangers walking on the streets.

      please get the word out so they stop coming here.

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      Mark Sage 

      5 weeks ago

      We just moved from Florida to Indiana. Our property taxes, insurance, food costs and utility bills were cut by more than half. What people do not understand about Florida is it is extremely expensive to live there. Also, health care providers (doctors) are test happy. They hope to find issues after running numerous tests and treatment is expensive also. Also, you spend more time indoors than you'd imagine. Its either too hot to go outside in the summer or too cold to go outside in the winter. Also, houses in residential developments are incredibly close to each other so privacy is lacking, even in expensive areas. I wish the author had not politicized the article though. I do not agree with her political views whatsoever.

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      Chris 

      5 weeks ago

      I have lived in Florida for 10 year. The school system is a disaster. The hight school graduation rate is lowest in the nation. The crime rate is in sane. Everywhere you go, even in middle class areas there are armed security guards, churches, school, grocery stores and so on. The small pockets of wealth surrounded by poverty. The wages are very low, most jobs pay $10 per hour for positions requiring a college degree. Housing is expensive. I experienced 30% increase in rent per year. Homeless is very common. There are people begging on every street corner and in front of every store. There are no State Labor laws. Employers don't have to pay workers and frequently don't because there is no State law that say they have to. When it comes to state government malfeasance is an understatement. I have met so many people who moved here a short time move out. I flike many others am economically stranded here. the utility companies are owned by private individuals and there is no government regulation or oversight of the utility companies. Electric bills for a 1300 square foot apartment average over $300 a month. Hospitals and doctors offices mismanaged. I have yet to go to a doctor's office that I did not have to wait 45 minutes to an hour emergency room wait times run into the nine and ten hour range as obvious by checking their wait times online. Car health and medical insurance are astronomical and cover nothing. Every elected state official espouses how Florida is a business-friendly community and they are correct all of the laws overwhelmingly favor corporations companies and the ultra-wealthy. Everyone says the weather is great I agree but what good is nice weather when you live your life under siege from people stealing, gun violence, price gouging and suffering all the ill effects of a lopsided economy. So I asked why do you think Florida is a good place to live?

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      Elizabeth 

      6 weeks ago

      We just about moved to Florida. But my husband backed out. I am glad. We live in Minnesota. Love the falls here. But winter is awful. Would love to move somewhere where you don’t have 6 months of winte4 like here in Minnesota But just don’t know where that would be. Thanks for your article. Really enjoyed it. The snakes were enough for me. We have vacationed in Florida in February. We stayed in Destin. It was beautiful but very crowded. So still looking . Skol Vikings!

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      Flower 

      6 weeks ago

      Not convincing. Many cities and areas have the same problems if not more. There was noting new in this article to turn me off or to change my mind because we already have these things here, in our state ... except the weather.

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      julianne fore 

      7 weeks ago

      I love Florida for all the things stated. Don't move to florida if you don't understand it. Look up what Florida really is. Small towns with regular good people and lots of history. It's not one huge beach.

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      Paul 

      2 months ago

      Written by a true lib. If there are so many negatives here why don't you move to South Dakota, Utah or Idaho?

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      Deb 

      3 months ago

      Living in NH close to the lake which we LOVE - but would like to spend 3-4 winter months in warmer climate, preferably 10-15 mins from Siesta Key Beach which friends say is beautiful. Retirement is probably 3 years away, but looking at large breed condos online and came upon this article. Not looking for large condo - would even consider a 1 bedroom. After reading this article I'm thinking to myself, would we regret this? But I don't think so ...would never consider living in FL full time. We love the change of seasons, but winters are just too long! Any thoughts on that area of FL? Traffic just as bad? Thanks!

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      Arlene 

      3 months ago

      I lived in Florida for over 40 years. I moved to Nashville recently to be closer to my adult daughter who moved here a few years ago.

      I agree with much of the what the writer stated. When I moved to FL in 1972, the population was around ten million. Florida has not grown well. Every inch of the state will soon be covered with buildings, hotels, motels, etc. I know what you stated is tongue in cheek, but I do agree with the politics you speak of. After all the time I lived there, I could never get used to the summer heat that lasts for five months with no end in sight. The winters are beautiful, I'll agree to that. The state is very transient, people move in and out all the time. That was surprising to me when I first moved there. I don't see as much sun here, but there are hills here. People look at Florida as a panacea and move there and find out differently. Some will forever love it. All I miss is the sun shining almost every day in the winter. Winters here are not bad. That's why people also move the the half way to Florida states when they retire.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      5 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Poppy: Thanks so much for your comment. It made me smile. I loved it that you laughed out loud. I meant the article to be funny while conveying real information. I hope you get a chance to visit Florida again.

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      Poppy 

      5 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      What a great article with details and honest information. I laughed out loud at "There are a lot of old people in Florida and they drive too darn slow. With their blinkers on. I know because I’m one of them!"

      I've only been to Florida to go to Disney, once as a small child and again when I was 14, and I only really remember the parks themselves. My grandma drove, so I suppose she became one of the annoying oldies taking up the road. I'm not sure I'd ever move to the USA but I sure enjoyed reading this article.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      6 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Nicole K: I can't deny a lot of strange things happen in Florida. But I suppose they happen elsewhere too.

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      Nicole K 

      6 months ago

      I've lived in California my whole life. I am told my mom and I visited Florida when I was a baby, but I have no recollection of that. I have no desire to move to Florida. The strangest news stories seem to come from there! Plus all the alligators, and the hurricanes! We already barely have seasons here, either. Your hub gave me a chuckle though, because everything you said is on point!!!

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      Catherine Giordano 

      6 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Ihateohioandmovedtoflorida:Life in Florida is not as bad as I portrayed it. I wrote this tongue-in-cheek and I exaggerated some things, but everything I said is true. Some of the things I mentioned (alligators, snakes, bears,and sinkholes) are relatively rare occurrences.

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      Ihateohioandmovedtoflorida 

      6 months ago

      Living here isn’t all that bad. I do agree that the traffic sucks though. I’ve been here for over a year and never saw one alligator, snake or bear. And winter SUCKS!!! So glad that I’m far from that freezing white stuff.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Alex Ortiz: I'm sure your comment will be very helpful to other people who are considering a move to Florida or out of Florida. However, I havn't noticed an lack of Chick Fil A restaurants in Florida. I do like their chicken sandwich.

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      Alex Ortiz 

      7 months ago

      Our family lived in West Pembroke Pines, Florida. My wife and I were sick and tired of paying the piper - you know the never ending tolls, high taxes, super high hurricane insurance with high deductibles which are unrealistic. So it became simple Math! We puchase our for 185K and we sold it 985K and moved to Newnan, Georgia. Very low crime, church going folks, no corruption, low property taxes and a large house on an acre of land - 40 minutes to Atlanta. Within my subdivison, I have met people from Weston, Kendall, Miami and Pembroke Pines, My kids are in college and they are coming to the reality that new college graduates can not afford to live in South Florida and have a decent quaity of life. They are alway thanking us for moving to Georgia. My ex neighbor will be retiring from the Police Dept and he is on counting his days to sell his house and move his family to Tenn. The true reality is that South is Paradise for those folks with enless funds....but the working professional like my self is getting smarter and taking advantage of their real estate equity and moving out. I have more money in my pocket, larger house, less property taxes, people are nicer and polite - no tolls and a Chick Fil A in every corner.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      chris landreneau: I happen to like living in Florida despite all the problems. (Every place has problems.) However plenty of people move to Florida and within a year they move right back out of Florida. So my advice is to look at the negatives as well as the positives of a place you are thinking about moving too.

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      chris landreneau 

      7 months ago

      While I have only lived in FL since march of 2018 .Let me say I grew up in Louisiana so The heat humidity gators snakes etc do not bother me.I have live in atlanta for the last 20 years so I-4 traffic don't bother me either.If you don't like it here move.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      7 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Florida is a low tax state and so that is very good for people who would otherwise have to pay high taxes. For everybody else, not so much. Lousy schools. Lousy paychecks. Algae clogging the waterways, and more.

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      Bob Narley 

      7 months ago

      Moved to Florida 3 years ago from NY.

      We save 10,000 a year in property/school taxes alone.

      Another 10,000 because we don't have to pay state income tax.

      Another 2,000 because gas, electric, col costs are all cheaper.

      And we don't have to deal with 6 feet of snow and -30 degree weather.

      The Conservative politics are why we don't have to pay state income tax, or insane property tax, so the more conservatives that want to move down here the better.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      8 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Janisa: Yes, they can occur anywhere, but they occur in some other states too. Sometimes there is a some warning and people are told to leave their house, but sometimes not. Sinkholes, unlike earthquakes usually affect only a small area, three or four houses at most.

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      Janisa 

      8 months ago from Earth

      I never even considered moving to Florida, but now you just convinced me. I find the sink holes especially terrifying... In theory, could they occur anywhere in the state? And without no warning at all?

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      Catherine Giordano 

      8 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Motown: I have been here 28 years now, so not everyone who comes to Florida is transient. I do't think the snow birds leave because they hate living in Florida. They leave because they still have a home "up north" and they don't like the hot summers.

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      Motown 

      8 months ago

      Why do you think snow birds only migrate here? 3-4 months is enough. Its a beautiful state to visit but a terrible place to live long term. Most people are retirees, transient worker who move on in search of a better wages or other short term residents who move on for work or another opportunity. They do not not develop deep ties in the community and prefer short term fixes to long term issues. All are welcome but always be aware of your surroundings.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      8 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Maybe you are not yet happy, but you are not cold.

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      Nina 

      8 months ago

      I lived 20 years in Plantation FL, got married and was ready forva change so there we relocated to New Jersey. B e a u t i f u l...but so cold. 4 years later i am back.. it has been 6 weeks and i am not happy...yet?

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      Catherine Giordano 

      9 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Despite all the things I listed in this article, I actually like living in Florida.

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      Karen Boney 

      9 months ago

      I live in Florida and I HATE it ! Don't move to this Godforsaken place under any circumstances.

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      Katharine L Sparrow 

      9 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Yeah, I know! I'm on my way! LOL

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      Catherine Giordano 

      9 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Katherine L. Sparrow: Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you liked it. Just remember, everyone gets to be an "oldie" eventually, and some even become "snow birds."

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      Katharine L Sparrow 

      9 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Enjoyed this info-packed hub, though I already knew I didn't like Florida! Been there a few times and was not particularly impressed. I can relate to some of the down-sides, though, because up here (Cape Cod, MA) we get all the oldies from FL and the tourists in the summer months! Lots of "snow birds" here who call FL home in winter. Good, informative hub with a dash of humor... great job!

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      Catherine Giordano 

      10 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Kim: Of course, there are problems in Florida, but I find that the people are mostly nice and mostly friendly.

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      Kim 

      10 months ago

      I moved to Florida four years ago from New England. I live in Central Florida and thought our move to the 'Sunshine State' would be our last move. Each year that we have lived here, my feelings for Florida have deteriorated. It seems that every time I watch the news, there is yet another shooting in Orlando. We have had several instances where people have walked up to our house, supposedly looking for work, when they attacked us and were looking to rob us. Now we all have concealed carry permits. People in this area are generally rude, drive like crap, are texting while driving, and generally don't care. It is definitely true that Florida drivers do not typically yield to pedestrians; again, they don't care. The heat is ridiculous. Job opportunities are poor and the pay is pathetic. I have had enough of Florida and we are moving back to New England. I can't wait to leave this state. I will gladly shovel snow again and enjoy four, 'real' seasons. I miss Yankee pride, something that Floridians don't know about and will never understand. I can't wait to move out of this ridiculous state. The Sonic commercial once said it best: 'Florida is in its own entity'.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      10 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Barbara Badder: Florida is a great place to visit. I'm sorry to hear about your allergy to orange blossoms. Lucky for you, they only bloom for about one week a year. I think they smell heavenly.

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      Barbara Badder 

      10 months ago from USA

      I'd much rather visit Florida then live there. I have several relatives down there where I can stay. The air there is just too humid for me and I am allergic to orange blossoms.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      10 months ago from Orlando Florida

      nicholas r chase: Thanks for your comment. t's so nice to see that even children are reading my article. I also like living in Florida, even when it rains.

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      nicholas r chase 

      10 months ago

      i already live in florida i live in panama city florida that also means i live in northwest florida aka the florida panhandle i like panama city beach florida when i grow up i am living in a condo in panama city beach florida and i am going to live there for the rest of my life also one other thing you should know that my name is nicholas r chase and i am 10 years old and i have been living in panama city florida for 5 years so that means i love florida and panama city florida and panama city beach florida and it rains a lot in panama city florida and florida and it is summer in panama city florida if it is not summer where you live i also love summer and beaches and cities summer is so fun.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      10 months ago from Orlando Florida

      DaraSKS: You seem to have missed the point. This was written tongue-in-cheek--it was meant to be humorous. So your righteous indignation is misplaced.

      I agree just about everything I said about Florida is true of other places also, but again you miss the point. Many people have the idea that Florida is some sort of paradise, but like everyplace else it has it faults.

      Everything I wrote is true. I even provided video clips from news shows to prove it.

      BTW, I have lived in Florida for 25 years now, and I am very happy that I made the decision to move to Florida.

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      DaraSKS 

      10 months ago

      Well...to say "there are too many old people" is kinda' rude. I never have felt overwhelmed by too many "old people."

      Never have gotten caught behind a tourist doing 5mph. Not even in Orlando.

      I used to be an I-4 hater till I was in PA for a weekend a year ago and came home feeling like Florida's roads are a dream gift from God by comparison.

      "Road-rage shootings are so common that the media doesn’t even bother to report on them anymore." ?? Where's this info from? "In 2009, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul were rated the top five "Road Rage Capitals" of the United States."

      Rick Scott? Really? All politicians are crooks in case anyone forgot.

      Yeah. Duh. "The Sunshine State" is hot. Yup. But we get used to it.

      Roaches are huge. Yes. BUT...they don't infest your house 'cause there's no winter and plenty of places to live outdoors.

      This is true: "Volusia County in Florida is the shark-bite capital of the world." But dude...really? "most are not fatal." That's trying to make it sound like this is a constant threat. Please.

      Bears...are everywhere in the US...and if there were bears breaking into garages and patios it would be on the news. Not here. The states with the highest bear population aren't anywhere near Florida.

      Sure, you might find a gator in your pool but...that's kinda' cool. Great pics for great lots of likes on social media. You'll even get on the news for that. (So it's rare.)

      Yeah pythons are on the loose in southern Florida. But there are snakes everywhere, aren't there?

      Sure. Florida has hurricanes...but one passed us by and slammed into NJ. I guess don't live in NJ either. Everywhere has something. We don't have earthquakes. And we don't have blizzards...

      Sinkholes are a pain. It's true. But it's not like FL is Swiss cheese. They're not "everywhere." We don't "live in fear of them."

      Tornadoes? Umm... "The states with the highest number of F5 and EF5 rated tornadoes since data was available in 1950 are Alabama and Oklahoma, each with seven tornadoes. Iowa, Kansas, and Texas each are tied for second most with six. The state with the highest number of F5 and EF5 tornadoes per square mile, however, was Iowa."

      Yes, we are the lightning capital, though. This one is probably the only true nuisance in the list so far. When we 1st moved to Florida our first house was struck twice. Lightning does strike twice in the same place...

      Florida's flat? That's a reason to dislike it? It's not like it's a flat plane...it's just not hilly and that's actually pretty nice when it comes to driving and road safety.

      "Can't run an election right?" That's not even proper grammar...nor is it true.

      "Pedestrian deaths are significantly higher in Florida than the national average. " Delaware was #1 in 2016. And pedestrians? I can say as a Florida driver - it's because Florida pedestrians are absolute morons! They walk right out in front of you without ever looking! ALWAYS! And this is a world where people driving are all on their phones. "The number of pedestrians killed in 2016 increased by 11 percent compared with 2015" probably because of all the morons on their phones...

      "School starts in the middle of August. Everyone knows school is not supposed to start until after Labor Day." I would agree because I'm from PA, but, c'mon...it's not a reason to dislike Florida...

      "Florida's gov't is rife with corruption. Oh wait a moment; it’s not just Florida..."

      Overall I don't find these reasons valid...but I am in favor of keeping Florida to myself as much as possible so hey...please share! Everyone can stay up north with their snow and stay out of Florida... :)

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      Catherine Giordano 

      11 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Chris: I moved to florida 25 years ago. You got me beat.

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      Chris 

      11 months ago

      I’m a 6th generation native Floridian. Don’t move to Florida. We are full.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      12 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Julie: Politics is part of what makes Florida Florida.

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      Julie 

      12 months ago

      This was interesting until you lost me with all of your political opinions

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      Catherine Giordano 

      12 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Pat Hodgekinson: There are many advantages to living in Florida and you have listed some of them. Welcome to sunny Florida.

      I did exaggerate about the cockroaches. I haven't seen one in over two years. At the time I wrote that it was a bad year for cockroaches.

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      Pat hodgkinson 

      12 months ago

      Hi

      I love this article and and take on board all that you say even as most of it is tongue and cheek but I'm from England and moving over in June this year, we have a holiday home in kissimme for a little over 12 months and just love the place, I have yet to see a cockroach and an gator is less than a few yards away in the pond behind my home, it only took one visit to determine how much I love florida I currently live in a small town in the north of England and the damp weather and cold winters and not so sunny summers are soon going to be a thing of the past for me,

      I love how you can eat outside most of the year and plan an open air party almost any day and the wildlife I would have to pay and visit a zoo to see, that said you have the dreaded I-4 and the 192 for me which I can categorically say I hate but we have similar busy roads here too,

      My husband an I aren't really into the parks we visited those in 1996 and our kids loved it but it's one of them... Done that !!

      I do need to do some more homework as I didn't know you had bears

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      Catherine Giordano 

      12 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Anonymous: I never said that some student do not excel and that every school was inadequate.. I said that overall, the quality of education in Florida is not very good. In a 2017 article, the "Orlando Sentinel" newspaper reported that Florida was ranked 29th in quality and 45th in financing. However, the same article said that student achievement

      in Florida was improving.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      12 months ago from Orlando Florida

      MichaeL Welcome to Florida, and thanks for catching on that I was writing tongue-in-cheek. I'm with you--the good balances out the bad. And the weather is warm year around. .

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      Michael 

      12 months ago

      Catherine,

      Thank you for your article! I don't really care about the gators and the other large animals roaming on my lawn (I get your subtle but serious sarcasm). Being a Chicago resident, I do care about being in the sun and being able to walk around outside--and I'm about to make the move down there even in my early 40s. From all the articles I've read (good and bad) about living in Florida, the pros and cons just about balance out with here (I can handle traffic, tornadoes, govt. corruption. That leaves me with one remaining factor--warm weather--and I don't care if it's humid! Thank you.

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      Anonymous 

      12 months ago

      How is the education bad in Florida when it has AICE, IB program, magnet schools, and dual enrollment?

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      Catherine Giordano 

      13 months ago from Orlando Florida

      James Carter: Thanks for your comment and compliments. You make a good case for your own possible future in Orlando/Central Florida. Despite all the things I wrote, I'm very happy to live in Orlando. I previously lived in New York City. Now as the Northeast is suffering the effects of a N'oreaster here in Orlando the only effect has been some refreshingly cool weather.

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      James Carter 

      13 months ago

      Catherine:

      Thank for your insightful article, and your followup to readers response. My daughter lived on Orlando area for several years, so I got to know the area and even had a year membership to Disney, which I still love. I would visit during the hot period of August/September, but also in June when the temperature was 98. So i have real reference to the area.

      I'm into a bikes, tennis and vintage business. I need a occupation I can do so I can keep an eye on my 80 yo aging mother whose memory is not so good. Living here in Michigan i could make it work, but bikes and even tennis stringing business is rather seasonal, and in Florida it would be more active year around. Maybe I could get more people on bikes and I-4 would open up more for Disney.

      Like you, I liked Orlando and University of Central Florida is an amazing modern university. I remember coming down in February and watched a softball game there in summer gear. It was incredible to smell dirt from the green manicured diamond. I left Michigan in ice, snow and a nose not working so well.

      I will continue my business research and Central Florida is in the mix. I also coach high school volleyball and softball here in Metro Detroit, which helps me to stay healthy.

      Catherine, keep up the amazing work! You are making an impact!

      JC

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      Catherine Giordano 

      13 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Jonathan Kimble: There are a lot of decisions. When I choose Florida, I knew I wanted a major city, but should it be Miami, Tampa or Orlando. I choose Orlando and I am happy with that decision.

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      Jonathan Kimble 

      13 months ago

      I love Florida, especially Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. But I wanna move to somewhere with less people like Arizona or Washington. Miami has one of the rudest people I've ever met.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      13 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Frank viton: There are plenty of nice people and un-nice people wherever you go. Florida has its share of both. And yes it is hot here, but there are many places in the U.S. that are even hotter.

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      Frank viton 

      13 months ago

      I've lived in Florida for 8 years now, nah my wife and I really don't like it anymore the people are snobby has more crime than I've ever seen and you're right it's hotter than hell down here

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      14 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Jim, you might like Maryland. If you like cities with farms and forests, cold winters with hot summers, and lots of history, then you'll love it here!

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      Catherine Giordano 

      14 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Jim Thompson: Good luck. It is really just a matter of finding a place to cal home that has the characteristics that are important to you.

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      Jim Thompson 

      14 months ago

      I've lived in both NY and FL for many years. They both have a few positives and a long list of negatives. I'm ready to try a new state with many positives and only a few negatives (no place is perfect). With 48 states left, there has to be at least one that fits the bill.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      15 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Billie Raucci: Florida is not for everyone. I'm glad you liked the article.

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      Billie Raucci 

      15 months ago from Illinois

      Very interesting article. I have never wanted to move to Florida. I like visiting from time to time. But I couldn't fathom actually living there.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      15 months ago from Orlando Florida

      lisalewis1972: Thanks for sharing your experience of living living in Florida 15 years ago. I can say Florida is no longer #1 in the South for the movie business Because Gov. Rick Scott rescinded the tax breaks for this. I'm told the place to be is Atlanta.

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      lisalewis1972 

      15 months ago

      I was raised in Florida, yes a beautiful place to call home, the beaches, the resturants, shopping at Sawgrass Mills Mall the largest in Florida, working in florida, is like any place, except mostly all jobs in Miami, want you to be bi-lingual. And thats good, accept for The english speakers its not. Jobs are hard to come by, so traveling to another county, might be of good use to people that can speak several languages. Other than living to Live, or living to relax. Florida, is a very expensive place to live. The poor live on the edge unless your on goverment housing, not the case in some peoples lifes. Thiers alot of things you can do with your family, Disney World, Miami Seaaquraim, Lion country safari, Zoos, many parks and recreation, Concert events, Football, many things for Familys, Education, many great colleges and univeristys, schools. Florida, has many cultures from jamacia, hatti, china, indian, and american indian, white, but mostly African American Black culture. You also have a chance to gamble at the casino, then Nascar in Homestead, Movie Theartes are a big attraction that seat maybe 1000 seating of luxruy seats per movie, Bowling Alleys of 100 lanes. Hospitals in Miami are the best. During may2-4 their is a big event on Florida Beach-Ft,lauderdale is the Air show, where 1000s upon 1000s cover the beach to watch a all day affair, make sure you can handling the noise, its loud. And make sure if you live their to be an amazing parent, because Child services is the worst, compared to hell, this state is hell. Crime is like where ever else, now if you live in miami, most home have steal bars on their windows to keep robbers away, too tacky for the rich. Their alot of drownings, cause people dont pay attention to their kids, most parents are spending time , doing drugs, then keeping their kids safe these days. Yes, florida has wild creatures, lol lurking around, so take precaution. You might wake up with a snake on your toilet, gator in your pool, a bear in your house stealing food out the fridge, you got to watch your surroundings, so if you can deal with that , the weather is worth it..at least every other house has a pool, and your surrounded by oceans, on 1 side you have Atlantic oceans and the other side Gulf. Florida is #1 for movie making since Bad boys 1 was created, Celebrities in Florida, such as Hulk Hogan, So many others, i cant remember, been 15 years since i left Florida. Keep your men away from the strip clubs, and the corners for prostitutes, Homelessness is a epidemic throughout USA, they all have a story, they Matter. Nude beaches were a place to relax privately being yourself, many years ago, so now i would'nt know. Florida is a place for the eldery,na, its a home for anyone wanting to live a step next door in a house, a Condo on the beach, A mansion on the intercoastol, a box on a side walk, very fast paced, people dont hardly no how to drive, so look out. beware, Florida.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      15 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Alexander: So far, no Sharknado! Ha Ha.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      15 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I hope sharknado doesn't happen , though. XD

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      Catherine Giordano 

      15 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Alexander: Traffic is bad in Florida, but then it is bad in most populous states.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      15 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Traffic is one reason that I don't visit nearby cities more often.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      16 months ago from Orlando Florida

      lunaticdiaries: Rememeber I wrote this tongue-in-cheek. Living in Florida is actually quite nice.

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      lunaticdiaries 

      16 months ago

      Great facts about Fla. Makes me think twice before getting to excited about moving to Celebration with my wife & two young sons.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      16 months ago from Orlando Florida

      I hate Ohio: Tonight it is 47 degrees in Orlando. I am rejoicing. I opened the door to the screened porch for a while to cool down the house.

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      I hate Ohio 

      16 months ago

      Moved to Tampa in September of 2017! No more winter for me!!!! The only downside I do notice is the ultra heavy traffic everywhere. Other than that, it’s 77 degrees as I’m typing this while it’s a measly 25 degrees back in my hometown of Youngstown Ohio. No more shoveling for me in the winter.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      17 months ago from Orlando Florida

      PhilLongo: Every region has some positives and some negatives. It is a trade-off. Do the benefits outweigh the negatives?

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      PhilLongo 

      17 months ago

      Been living in the NY metro area for my whole life. I do very well finacially but the housing, taxes and day to day cost are unbearable, It seems that people who are doing well in this area are the very rich or people who are handed down properety from past generations. My kids will be in High School soon and paying 10K a year for 8 years total(2kids) is where im going to have to draw the line, ship up amd move out. Orlando looks promising. Low housing compared to NY and the public schools look usable (no gangs and metal detectors)

      Im aware Florida is not paradise, but having a home with no more than 900 square feet and a small yard that costs 350K is not great either. Paying 30K in income and property taxes suck also. My only concern is finding work for my small business which is a skilled trade(graphic installer)

      I will be able to buy a 250K home and have plenty left over.

      In your opinion is this a smart move

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      Catherine Giordano 

      17 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Shell: Harsh! I am from New York City and I'm very happy in Orlando. I would advise anyone who is thinking of moving to another state or even another region of their current state not to just pick up and move, but to check things out carefully.

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      Shell 

      17 months ago

      Florida is the worst! It was always our plan, retire and move to the sunshine state, Warm weather, sunny skies, WRONG! The doctors in the North West part of this state (if you can find one) are horrible. The 2 main drug stores are so ridiculous its sad. CVS was fined something like 35 million for doing no, no's and Walgreens following by 11. You call to refill a script and its either to late or too early. If a script says "on or before a certain date" I am now being told, no can do. What?? They control any script you put to them. Its like being in a lottery. They will decide who gets what and when, despite what a doctor has prescribed. We have only been here 1 month and we are selling our home to get somewhere away from this state of druggies. They should worry more about the murders, that what people needs are for meds.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      17 months ago from Orlando Florida

      It is definitely warm in Florida, but a little less so in Northern Florida during the winter.

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      Christine 

      17 months ago

      I Want to move were it is warm!

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      Catherine Giordano 

      17 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Anthony: You need to know that I am a New York transplant to Florida more than 25 years ago. I like living in Florida. I wrote this tongue -in-cheek.

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      Anthony 

      17 months ago

      I like your article, moved to Palm Beach County a little over a year ago from Long Island NY, property taxes were sky high as well as heating costs and commuting was a nightmare not to mention cold gloomy winters. All negatives are true about Florida but every place has them. We like it. Oct thru April weather is great. My wife found a job as a paralegal, my son is graduating and going to FAU and I'm an agent at Home Made Real Estate. Were going to stay. Also brought mom from Bklyn, where she is happy in a senior independent and assisted living facility.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      18 months ago from Orlando Florida

      JoJo: Florida, like anywhere, has its pluses and minuses. I haven't ever lived in Hollywood or California, so I can't say anything about them. California is having some devastating wildfires right now. Florida has wildfires too, but never anything like those.

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      JoJo 

      18 months ago

      Very funny and enjoyable article. I moved to FL from Los Angeles about 16 months ago. It definitely has its pluses and minuses. However, it sure is great to be far, far away from Hollywood. :D

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      Catherine Giordano 

      19 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Elizabeth: No place is perfect, as you yourself say. There are advantages and disadvantages to Florida and in the North. It's a trade off. It's also a personal decision--which advantages are most important to you. I hope you can resolve your issues and find the place that is perfect for you.

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      Elizabeth 

      19 months ago

      Me and my husband retired from Connecticut I moved to Florida also because of the taxed pension. I have to say we did move in 2011 when the housing market was perfect,

      December January February and half of March was gorgeous weather in Florida dry cool nights.

      These last couple of years has changed does beautiful cool nights have become warm.

      the ocean or in this case the Gulf has also changed bacteria, red tide, because of the Okeechobee River.

      Everything that seems so positive when we move down these last couple of years have became negative. The weather was perfect the beaches were awesome things have changed.

      Florida is starting to build up again it's becoming overpopulated, heavy traffic "and no it's not because of the snow birds either".

      what we spend to live in Florida bug spray around the house cutting grass that isn't grass, mold, there is constant mold outside because of the dampness and humidity, taking care of your house in Florida outside is serious maintenance.

      When I hear people say "I rather be underneath the Sun than shoveling snow" let's think about it it doesn't always snow and you could always pay someone to clean the snow like you pay someone to cut the grass.

      Florida Summers are basically the Northeast Winter, you can't do too much in Florida in the summer it's just too hot and high humidity, that's why the gulf has high bacteria.

      If Florida so great in the summer why do the snowbirds leave?

      So while the housing market has become a seller's market in Florida it's time for us to rethink what we want to do with our lives.

      We spend more money in Florida to maintain our house then we did in the Northeast if we was to balance it I think we should have stayed in the Northeast at least we're next to our family and friends and that you can't put a price on.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      19 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Lars Day: I don't know how much social security fraud is taking place in Florida right now. Perhaps the people committing the fraud are just following in the footstep of our Governor, Rick Scott.

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      Lars Day 

      19 months ago

      So much Social Security Fraud in Florida it is sickening. We hate fraudsters that take away from those deserving.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      19 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Court: Don't you think you are being a little harsh. And smug. I don't think there is a square inch on the globe without being subject natural disasters of some kind. If it it is not a hurricane, it's floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc. (Florida doesn't have the latter two.) I pity you for being a person who can't feel pity for people who lost everything and only barely escaped with their lives.

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      Court 

      19 months ago

      Another hurricane hit and you'd think by now some of the people with higher IQs would realize you shouldn't live in Florida. But nope, idiots galore out there and it's a shame. They want pity and help, but it's their own fault for living in a place with so many natural disasters.

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      Peter 

      19 months ago

      Stop moving here, we're full.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      19 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Angelique: I truly do love living in Florida. I live in Orlando an don't know much about Palm Bay. I suggest a few hours on the internet will provide you with the info you seek about the job situation. I wish you all the best on your upcoming move. Bring the family.

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      Angelique 

      19 months ago

      I live in Las Vegas, was raised here. It's grown out of what it used to be and not interested on what it's becoming. Kids are grown (just a little of my background). I tried to relocate to Palm Bay, Fl in 2011 and I loved it. I fell in love with the scenery, green nature, friendly people, welcoming neighbors, slower paced life, closed by beach, and so much more. My friends would text, call, or email questioning how was it going and my response was "I'm in Pleasantville!" Seven months later I had to move back because my oldest child needed me. Now 6 years later, I constantly yearn to move back. Since my youngest is a senior in high school, I'm waiting until next year. So, I would like to start planning. The biggest downfall back then was finding a job. I'm finishing an undergraduate degree in a bit over a year. Hoping that will help. What's your or any of your readers that live in Palm Bay or close towns intake on moving and jobs?

      Thank you and all in advance for assisting me in shedding some light on this.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      20 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Gilda: Despite everything, I actually like living in Florida. It may be because I choose Orlando. It is a small city with several major universities. Some areas known primarily as retirement communities may skew older but in Orlando the demographics are similar to those of the nation as a whole.

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      Gilda 

      20 months ago

      Well I have to say you are right. I moved to Naples, and it's basically as mosquito swamp, you need bug spray even during the day and at the beach. The ocean is way to hot, the air temperature and humidity are unbearable even at the beach during the summer months. You are right, I actually feel old here, lots and lots of older folks here, no offense but there is no balance. True about the lightning, and everything else. I'm going back to where I came from. I enjoyed one thing here, the people are very nice. It's great that there is no income tax; however when the housing is way too expensive it doesn't make any difference, not to mention the exorbitant amount of money it costs to buy plates for your vehicles.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      20 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Erin: Everyone's situation is different. You have to weight the plus and minue. If you want to stay in Florida, but don't live condos you can buy a house. I hope it all works out for you.

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      Erin 

      20 months ago

      My husband and I are thinking of moving to PA from Florida. We will be closer to family and Florida has lots of crime in West Palm Beach. We live in a condo and we are sick of assessments and all the rules. Are kids live in Stamford and Queens however we can't move there because my husbands pention will be taxed. I'm wondering if we are doing the right thing.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      21 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Jay: It was written tongue-in-cheek--a bit of truth is what make it funny.

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      Jay 

      21 months ago

      Hahaha! This is all true!

    • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Giordano 

      22 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Lilly: Thanks for your comment. I guess you misssed the part where I said I love living in Florida. The article was written tongue -in-cheek- I guess you missed that too.

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