20 Reasons Not to Move to Florida

Updated on December 15, 2017
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Everyone wants to live in Florida.

According to the 2014 Census projections, Florida is now the third most populous state in the nation putting it ahead of New York, but still behind California and Texas. Currently, about 19.9 million people live in the Sunshine state, and the growth rate of 2.7% is above the national average. Most of the population increase is due to people moving to Florida from other states.

Florida, The Sunshine State

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

Are you 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 living in Florida.

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. You can’t blame the old people too much. Hearing and vision are not as good as they used to be. You can’t blame them, but you have to share the road with them.

Most of Florida’s growth is due to retirees moving to the state, so this problem is going to get worse.

2. Too many tourists come to Florida.

Last year about 95 million people visited Florida. That’s a lot of people. They clog the airports and roads. In Orlando, for instance, where I live, the roads near the theme parks are bumper to bumper pretty much all day.

Being forced to drive at 5 mph will give you plenty of time to enjoy the sights--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—a fantasy land. Outside the parks—not so much.

A cruise ship in Key West

Florida has too many tourists.
Florida has too many tourists. | Source

3. Traffic is terrible in Florida.

In Central Florida where I live, the main highway is I-4. It goes from Daytona Beach on the East Coast, thru Orlando, and ends in Tampa on the West Coast. It is the main road to 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. George Zimmerman lives in Florida and he still has his gun.

George Zimmerman, who killed an unarmed teenager (Trayvon Martin) and was found not guilty, is not the only trigger-happy fool in Florida. Two other notorious recent cases come to mind. Curtis Reeves shot and killed an unarmed young father in a movie theater because he was texting during the previews (trial is pending) and Michael Dunn shot into a van full of teenagers, killing one of them, because they were playing their music too loud. (Dunn got a life sentence so you will be safe from him at least.) Florida has a “stand-your ground” 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. Recently a person was killed when a nine-year old girl was firing a UZI and lost control of the gun. (Give an 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 someone shot by a stray bullet in their own backyard fired by someone doing a little target practice down the road someplace.

In some ways, Florida has earned it's nickname, Flori-duh.
In some ways, Florida has earned it's nickname, Flori-duh. | Source

5. The people of Florida elected Rick Scott governor.

The people of Florida elected Rick Scott governor. What you have to understand about Rick Scott is that before he ran for governor (and got elected-- twice), 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. And August 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 will provide additional treatments at no additional cost. (At least my company does; be sure that the one you hire does.)

8. Sharknado would probably happen in Florida.

Volusia County in Florida is the shark-bite capital of the world. Lots of people in the water, lots of the type of fish sharks like to eat, and lots of sharks mean lots of shark bites. The sharks often swim in close to shore. Still it is only 20 to 30 attacks per year and most are not fatal. So far, no tornado-borne sharks. So come on in, the water is fine.

Lots of sharks

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 for wildlife decreases. Homes get built too close to the bears' habitats. Hungry bears go looking for food. People put their garbage out in unsecured trash cans. This is like putting out an “all-you-can-eat-buffet” sign for the bears. These animals are big and strong. They can break into your garage or patio.

When bears attack

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. They can also be found in rivers and lakes and other small bodies of water, like your swimming pool or retention ponds. (A retention pond is a small pond built to catch excess rainwater runoff.) If you live near alligator habitat, you may just find an alligator taking a dip in your pool.

Alligators take a dip

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!

Snakes on a patio

12: Florida has hurricanes.

Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, although every now and then a hurricane hits earlier or later. Fortunately, the hurricanes have been passing Florida by for quite a few years now.

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 Charlie with winds up to 150 miles an hour. I had some relatively minor damage to my house, but the worse thing was no electricity for a week. The first few days, it was kind of fun—like a camping trip—but it gets old fast.

Maybe, I shouldn’t even mention the hurricanes—everyplace has natural disasters. The North has blizzards, and I’d much rather mop up water than shovel snow. The West has earthquakes, 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.

The earth opening up? That happens pretty often in Florida. It is called a sinkhole. A hole suddenly opens up in the ground. It can swallow a car, or a house, or even a whole neighborhood.

A sink hole occurs because of the Florida Aquifer. It 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, too much water is being taken from the Aquifer. This means more sinkholes.

The earth opens up

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 Mid-west.

On the other hand, five times more people die from a tornado in Florida than in Kansas.

A mighty wind

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

Sea breezes from the east and west coast meet in the middle of the state and cause severe thunder storms during the summer months. Thunderstorms, which occur, on average, 100 times a year, are often accompanied by lightning.

Lightning lights up the sky.

Florida is the lightning capital of the nation.
Florida is the lightning capital of the nation. | Source

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 2000 election, Florida earned the nickname, "Flori-duh,” because of the Bush-Gore presidential election recount. Twelve 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, but even when there are lights, there are often long stretches between lights. 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.

19. Many Florida public schools are not very good.

The failures of the public schools are not due to bad teachers as recent governors (Jeb Bush and Rick Scott) would have you believe. It is due to low funding and a deliberate attempt to undermine the schools.

I don’t have the space to go into all the details here. Learn more at Fund Education Now, a non-partisan parent-led organization.

School starts in the middle of August. Everyone knows school is not supposed to start until after Labor Day.

20. Florida’s government is rife with corruption.

Oh wait a moment; it’s not just Florida, although Florida under former governorJeb Bush and current governor Rick Scott may be among the worst.

It's not all bad.

Florida  is famous for its beautiful beaches.
Florida is famous for its beautiful beaches. | Source

It's not all bad.

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—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.

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

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      Catherine Giordano 2 weeks ago from Orlando Florida

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

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      Chris 2 weeks ago

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

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      Catherine Giordano 3 weeks ago from Orlando Florida

      Julie: Politics is part of what makes Florida Florida.

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      Julie 3 weeks ago

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

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      Catherine Giordano 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Alexander: So far, no Sharknado! Ha Ha.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 4 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I hope sharknado doesn't happen , though. XD

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      Catherine Giordano 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago

      I Want to move were it is warm!

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      Catherine Giordano 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago

      Stop moving here, we're full.

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      Catherine Giordano 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 months ago

      Hahaha! This is all true!

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      Catherine Giordano 11 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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      Lilly 11 months ago

      Are you kidding me

      I moved to Florida 2004 i love it

      I am actualy wondering how people can live in other states , i have visited many many US states and Florida is tye best state to live in

      Trafick is more bussy because everyone wants to live here ,beautiful state I am never moving anywhere else . I moved here in my late 20 and i am now 42

      I can writte a whole article if I had the time but I am to busy enjoing my Florida

      Welcome to Paradise

      Since you hate it so much why are you still here

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      Catherine Giordano 13 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Credence2: Hello neighbor. I once lived in rural Hawaii, over 50 years ago when I was a child. I now live in Orlando. It is pretty citified. I came to Florida from New York. We are highly evolved in New York also. I am glad to hear that you like Florida. I like it here too.

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      Credence2 13 months ago

      Hi Catherine, thanks for the great article.

      We live in the Palm Bay, Malabar area and a lot of the concerned that one would associate with dense urban living do not apply here. We have raccoons and deer sightings on occasion.

      I like your politics, being from Colorado, we consider ourselves a bit more evolved.

      We lived in Hawaii for 3 years and it would be an interesting contrast to compare life in the rural Hawaii where we lived with life in rural Florida, where we live now.

      And yes, there are too many 'old people'. It is not as much fun to go to the market and not see and enjoy all the frilly skirts going by.

      Nice to have you as a neighbor...

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      Catherine Giordano 14 months ago from Orlando Florida

      eee: I can't disagree, but many of the old people in Florida are nice, we don't have ice and sleet in the winter, and there are jobs (although many don't pay very well). Lighten-up a little. Were you unable to find a job in Florida? Were looking for a job shoveling snow?

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      eee 14 months ago

      miserable old people, humid summers and no jobs.

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      Catherine Giordano 15 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Florida does not have a state tax. It is one reason people like to move here. It was part of my decision to move to Florida.

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      Timothy Andrews 15 months ago

      One of the reason's for the influx of north easterners to Florida is Liberal Democrats like Andy Cuomo here in New York. We're one of the highest taxed and regulated states in the country. The Republican led state of Florida is an incentive for me to move there.

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      Catherine Giordano 15 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Drew: I don't doubt that Oklahoma has more tornadoes and worse tornadoes than Oklahoma. The article states that Florida has more tornadoes "PER SQUARE MILE." Florida is a big state. P.S.: I love living in Florida. I guess you stopped reading before you got to the last paragraph.

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      Drew 15 months ago

      Uh I'm from Oklahoma, and I know for a fact that that Florida does not have more tornadoes than we do. Last year, we had 14 in one day near the Tulsa area. And if you want to experience humidity without wind, Oklahoma is the place! Sounds like this person hates living there and needs to move.

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      Catherine Giordano 16 months ago from Orlando Florida

      You may not have noticed that I DO live in Florida. This essay was written tongue-in-cheek. It was meant to be humorous, but everything I said is true. Sometimes, there is trouble in Paradise.

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      florida penguin 16 months ago

      REALLY??? You prefer NOT to live in a paradise ? Florida is excellent....

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      Catherine Giordano 17 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Truth be told, Florida has both good and bad. I am not familiar with the crime statistics you refer to, but you are right that Florida is not pedestrian-friendly. Your advice to rent a home for a yer before moving to Florida is very good advice. Many new residents move here without knowing the facts. They think it will be like a permanent vacation.

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      richard 17 months ago

      you are all correct. florida has the best of everything and the worst of everything.but it is easier to drown or get ran over walking or as a pedestrian or on a motorcycle or in a vehicle .crime is worst than the statistics reveal do not want to scare away the tourist.you will miss your family friends and just the way things are done where you are from.there is a 50 -50 chance you will or will not like it here.rent your old home out for one year and then rent in florida for one year you will know before the year is up.

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      Catherine Giordano 17 months ago from Orlando Florida

      empirefallsw: If you like hot and humid weather, you will love Florida. In my article about Florida, I exaggerated some things for the purpose of humor. I'm sure not everyone has cockroaches. I suggest you consult with someone who is an expert. Your real estate agent might be able to help. I have a pest control company. These days, the treatment is done outside of the house to create a barrier; they don't spray inside. I rarely see a bug in the house; maybe just a few times a year.

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      empirefalls 17 months ago

      I live in the cold Northeast. Having COPD, My blood oxygen is consistently at 92[normal is 97].

      In Warm weather, even humid hot hot conditions, my blood oxygen starts hitting in the 96-97 range. I breathe better in hot, humid weather--defying what one would think with COPD.

      That is what appeals to me to move to Florida; hot,hot,humid,humid conditions. Also, the fresh ,clean air [or less polluted air that the rest of the US]

      But about bugs and cockroaches in Florida. So its practically impossible to live in a Florida home without cockroaches? Even an occasional one in a house, cant tolerate without a health affect.

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      Catherine Giordano 17 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Heather: I think I should clarify that calling this article "satire" does not mean that the statements in the essay are not true; it means that some things may be exaggerated to make a point or to inject humor into an otherwise serious statement.

      I'm sorry I could not print your comment, but there were too many mistakes in spelling, grammar, and English usage. Despite that I got the gist of your comment--you don't like Florida.

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      Catherine Giordano 17 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Camila: First of all, this was written tongue in cheek. Some things are exaggerated. That said, there are tornadoes in Florida, there are sharks in the waters, and most of Florida is barely above sea level. I included video from TV news clips attesting to the first two. As for the flatness, if you call 345 feet a mountain, then I stand corrected. I didn't say tornadoes and shark attacks were daily occurrences, but they do happen here in Florida.

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      Camila 17 months ago

      Um. Excuse me, but there are barely ANY tornadoes here in Florida. We do not have a lot of storms here, so there aren't lots of lightning. "Florida is flat." ,SERIOUSLY? Florida has hills and mountains in different parts of the cities. The shark one, I have been to the shore in Florida EVERYWHERE but Fort Myers. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A SHARK. I am sure Florida is a great place.

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      Catherine Giordano 17 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Sarah: I loved your comment.

      Talking about scenery--I miss the fall colors. Now I enjoy them online. I found it easy to make friends here. If old friends move away, make new friends. The people who lost their old friends are looking for new people to be friends with.

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      Sarah 17 months ago

      Funny Article yet right on. I moved to Orlando in 2008 and called up my movers 4 years later to move me right back to Massachusetts. My number one reason was lack of scenery. The beaches are nice but Florida is so flat, and pretty boring visually. Also there are many transients so it is hard to make/keep friends. Quick plug for the movers who gave me half off the move back to Mass - monstermovers.com

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      Mr Duran 18 months ago

      We moved here in 1989. We have seen how it has grown to sleepy town to boom times. I disagree with your politics obviously, we were delighted to have successive Republican governors from Jeb to Scott. Yes even Charlie Crist. No never like the public school systems, but it also depends on where you live. We do believe that government should get out of education and leave it to the private sector. Other wise politics wise the article is still well received even after all this time. MAGA !

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      Catherine Giordano 19 months ago from Orlando Florida

      retmosny: Thanks for presenting the other side of the story. As you probably noticed, I was writing tongue in cheek. I too had my own business and earned a good living. (P.S. I usually charged a flat fee that came out to about $125 per hour.) I've lived here for nearly 25 years, and I have no intention of leaving. So as you can see, I probably like it here. That being said, I think people who are planning a move should know what some of the negatives are. I think they already know the positives--sunny climate, beautiful natural environment (like beaches), a friendly melting-pot of people, etc.

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      retmosny 19 months ago

      Former NewYorker, living in S. FL for last 14 yrs. No regrets! Low paying "regular jobs", yes however if you have a degree and or "professional experiences" , like law enforcement background, you have a higher chance of being compensated nicely.

      Its a also a state where entrepreneurship is high and you have a higher chance of success. I personally have my own biz and charge a minimum of $80 P/H and thanks to the blessings of above, I will enjoy my 10 yr anniversary in 2017.

      So with that said, you can make it down here as long as you think "out of the box". I love the S. FL area because of the diversity, nightlife and within 25 mins, I am swimming in crystal waters!

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      Catherine Giordano 19 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Petunia: I had to scroll up to the first comment to see who you were talking to. Yes, Lovelights missed the joke, but I have no hard feelings. Everyone can have their own opinion. I'm glad you liked this article.

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      Catherine Giordano 19 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Daniel Sutin: I lived in NYC all my life. I had just the opposite experience compared to you. I found I liked the "small town" feel of Orlando. You need to find groups to belong to, but once you do, you always have friends and things to do. Orlando has lots of cultural events and they are often free and always less costly than in New York. I guess it depends just where in Florida you live. I choose Orlando because I like city life. But your comment makes a good point. You need to know what you are getting before you move. There are so many things that you don't even know to ask. You are probably not going to sit on the beach as much as you think you will. Living in Florida is not the same as vacationing in Florida.

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      petunia 19 months ago

      Lovelights or whatever, you sound like a miserable nasty person who cannot realize the humor of this entertaining article (taking it a little personal?). Maybe one day you will find yourself in one of those sinkholes!

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      Daniel Sutin 19 months ago

      Do not move to Florida !

      My wife and I moved two years ago , we thought better life. But the people unfriendly and quite honestly low intelligence. No culture comparing to Chicago or New York ! Nothing to do if you are by yourself since my wife travels so much . In New Uork can always find things to do . I think you die a intellectual death which is worst than paying high taxes ! I discovered despite the problems of big cities I liked being with the big boys even not having alot of money . What can compare Chicago or New York no where ! Come for a week or so to see if you really like it ! I live where sometimes do not see people I mean it seems everyone runs to Florida to hide but every apartment knows where you are !

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      Trish DeCicco 19 months ago

      Some people don't know how to have fun. I loved your article! Thanks for sharing:)

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      Catherine Giordano 19 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Liz: I don't know anything about Greenville SC. I hope you are happy with your move.

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      Liz 19 months ago

      I've lived in Fla for 24 yrs. And for no special reason plan to relocate to Greenville SC area. Any comments about Greenville?

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      Catherine Giordano 19 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Old Snow: I get it. You really hate Florida. I used to have those $400 a month electric bills too. I moved to a smaller house. Also I no longer have a pool. (The pool filter uses a lot of electricity.)

      I hope you can hold out for those 7 1/2 years. In the meantime, try to enjoy some of what Florida has to offer. There are good things too.

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      Old Snow 19 months ago

      I'm just counting the months until I leave this God forsaken pile of dung they call the "Sunshine State" The only reason I'm here is this is where my wife's job took her. After she followed me around for 15 years while I was in the U.S. Army I figured I owed her that much. I just outright HATE the weather. I could care less about Hurricanes or the bugs. The fact that it's October 7th and still close to 90 degrees is BS. Nothing like a monthly $300 TO $400 electric bill just to keep the house at a bearable temperature even in the December to March time frame. I hate that there are no seasons. I hate palm trees and miss good old fashion real trees like Maple, Oak, Walnut, & Locust as well as REAL fruit trees like apple, pear, & cherry. I miss the autumn foliage, the crisp late fall to early spring mornings and the warmth of a real wood fire place. I've been station in place with worse weather (Vietnam) and Texas is close to Florida for heat and humidity but at least it gets cold in some of the winter months and they do get snow every once in awhile. If you want to see some bad mosquitoes go to Alaska (believe it or not). My wife retires in 7 years and 4 months so in 7 years our home here in Florida hits the market and I'll be buying our retirement home in Upstate NY.

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      Catherine Giordano 19 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Angie: I too miss the changing seasons sometime. But then I think of my freezing toes and fingers during New York winters and I think Florida sunshine is a good trade-off.

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      Catherine Giordano 19 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Swamp: I live in Orlando. I expect my home to be beach front property in the not too distant future. Seriously, Living in Florida is not too bad, but I am becoming a little concerned about the Zika mosquitoes. I don't expect to be pregnant, but I have recently heard that the virus can cause Alzheimer's.

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      Swamp 20 months ago

      No, no satire. There are much much better places to live. Florida should never ever had been populated. We are ruining the environment. Also, if the melting continues, we all will be paying for flood control. Nope, Florida is a sand bar, a swamp and it should have stayed with the gators and mosquitoes. It is hot, it's muggy, sticky and miserable.

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      Angie 20 months ago

      I agree with all of these. I lived in Pasco and Hernando counties 20 yrs ago, moved away and, unfortunately. found myself having to move back a few months ago because my husband got transferred here for his job. Let me say, I am really hating his job right now. I absolutely hated FL when I was here before and my feelings really havent changed. Let's not forget to add that I find the humidity deplorable! I never had migraines until we moved here. They are so severe that I have passed out from the pain. For all that would rather clean up water, as opposed to shoveling snow, have at it. I'd put up with the snow just to have a gorgeous fall filled with leaves of golds, oranges, reds, and purples. Ill take my crisp dry fall morning and evening strolls, enjoying the hues of the season, going for hayrides, pumpkin picking, and to the apple orchards for not just apples but fresh, hot apple cider, but fresh,hot, apple donuts made to order. I'll take a football or softball game thrown together by friends and neighbors on a 65 degree afternoon, a bike ride on a brisk morning to enjoy the sites, and summers bountiful harvests. I will gladly take that beautiful fallen snow to begin my winter, that ultimately completes my Christmas. Maybe I need to become springtime snowbird LOL At least I could come down for the Strawberry Fest in Plant City, go to the beach and take myself back home where my heart truly belongs. This Hoosier girl grew up an hour from Chi-town and can't wait to get out of this hellacious state, that I imagine, will one day end up breaking off right through the mid central region of the state near Gainesville/Ocala, which is where we are, and we'll end up floating out to sea somewhere. LOL NO THANKS :-P

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      Catherine Giordano 20 months ago from Orlando Florida

      HopeTo BeBack: Despite all the reasons I give for not living in Florida, I very much like living here. I'll take heat over cold and hurricanes over blizzards. (It's easier to mop up than to shovel snow.) Central Florida has been really lucky. No hurricanes after 2004. I might have to update this piece. In today's newspaper I saw news about a radioactive sinkhole. That's a new one--a sinkhole filled with toxic waste just 60 miles from Orlando.

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      HopeToBeBack 20 months ago

      I am born and raised in Pennsylvania, lived in South Carolina when I was younger and also lived in Florida, West Palm Beach not too long ago and have done extended stays out west. Your story gives a good, and funny if anyone has ever lived in Florida, outlook of the good and bad. Living in West Palm we at least had an almost constant breeze so it helped with the heat, have some friends who live in Orlando and my first trip there after driving up in the ac and opening the car door....wow! Lol! The humidity is dominant there, but I like the heat. They live near Disney and I completely agree about the traffic, as a joke they sent me to the store for something which should be a 10 minute drive, I get a text asking if I'm on my way back yet, 40 minutes later. They thought it was funny, lol. Miami is just as bad, trust me, just not all the time, typically in the mornings, the afternoons (lunch time) and in the early evenings when people are leaving work. But I loved Florida, you meet people from all over the world, literally, not everyone is friendly, the saying I heard the most is "The further south you go in Florida the more rude people get", it is true to some extent. I have been back in Pennsylvania for too long in my opinion, I had to leave Florida when the economy went bust. I've experienced 8 hurricanes in my life, 2 bad ones, and I still say I'd take a hurricane over snow, ice and cold any day! You get used to the heat in Florida, at first you are soaked with sweat walking from the house to your car, lol, after a couple summers you're used to it. There a LOT of people in Florida, your neighbors are usually never more than 10 feet away, lol, privacy is obtained when you are at home with the blinds closed, lol. The point of my story is, not everyone is cut out for Florida living, but if you're like me, the heat, the population, etc is worth dealing with to live in Florida. I know many people who lived there and hated it, I tell them "Glad you left, you left an open space for me when I move back", lol.

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      Catherine Giordano 23 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Cali2florida: I'm glad you picked up on the humor part. Consult with a real estate agent, but I have heard a lot of nice things about Mt. Dora. It has lots of charm. It might be just what you're looking for. Google it. Kissimmee is clogged with tourists. St. Cloud is too much of the boonies for me. And if you love humidity, Florida is the right place for you.

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      Cali2florida 23 months ago

      Catherine,

      When I first started reading your post I was concerned that it was more bad about Florida. My husband and I live in northern California and have been planning a move to Central Florida for 1.5 years now. Recently every person we know have been pointing out the bad points of Florida. I have been diligently researching and when I came on your blog I thought here are more negatives! I was laughing and back in the lets go mood after reading!

      I would love advise on where to live. We have been looking at Kissimmee and St Cloud mainly but have started looking a far North as Mount Dora. We want rural with acres. We are looking for our forever/retirement home. Some gators in the pond and the occasional python won't bother us much! :)

      One of the reasons we are moving to Florida is FOR the humidity. Yup I am one of those crazy persons who love it. I have psoriasis and it goes away in Florida and Mexico. I do love summer storms and warm rains!

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      Catherine Giordano 24 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Thank you hazeltos. The hub was written to be funny, but like all good humor, there is truth behind it. Almost every teacher my son had for all 12 years here in Florida was wonderful and caring. Former Gov.Jeb Bush and current Gov. Rick Scott try to blame teachers so they don't have to pay them and in order to convince people to put their kids in private school so the state doesn't have to pay to educate them.

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      hazeltos 24 months ago

      I laughed all the way through this amusing hub. I live in Florida and I see your point on every reason. I for one, love to laugh at myself. I do strongly agree about the schools though, it is not terrible teachers that have caused the lower scores in testing.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      vocalcoach: So glad you are not planning to come to Florida. More room for me. Seriously, thanks for sharing. It's the best compliment I can get.

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