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Old 06-02-2019, 10:23 PM   #1
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Whale hello members from Florida .

We just got back from 2 weeks in that wonderful state . Love it .
Took the family to Disney world for ten days . We went to sea world and Busch gardens . Checked out NASA . That place was great . I even went out into the swamps to find an alligator ! Yes I found one . I know that was not smart but cool to see one doing its thing and not in a cage .

I took my family and my little brother took his . It was just great . People were super friendly . We had a blast and thinking of going back next year . I would rather dump my coin in you're state than mine .

Now the best part . My little brother is a retired navy seal . So when we go out drinking it is usually not a good thing and frowned upon by our wives . For the first time in years we were not allergic to alcohol . We didn't break out in handcuffs . We even found a local at about 3 am and had some bootleg moonshine whisky . Wives not happy bout that part getting home at sunrise poopy drunk singing sea chanties walking into the hotel .

Just want to say we had so much fun in Florida . I wish we could live there .
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Old 06-02-2019, 11:16 PM   #2
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And now you know why >1,000 people per day move to Florida.

It's like living on vacation. Once you live here you learn many of the non-tourist secrets, like uninhabited barrier islands where you go by boat and it's as nice as the nicest destinations in the Caribbean, only you're at home and not worrying about locals, customs, travel, etc.

Come again. Bring lots of money!
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:01 AM   #3
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I usually go in January for a couple of weeks and rent a house. Get a little quiet time and catch up on sleep. Lived there for a few years while in college and again in the early 2000's. Not a bad place to be at all.
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I lived Florida for several years. I wouldn't do it again There are nice places to visit for sure.
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It sounds like a great vacation!

I went to Miami to work February and March one year. A little too humid for me in February. I don't think I'd ever make it to Memorial Day without bursting into flames.
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I was born and raised in Miami and surrounding areas.
I went to Disney once in my entire life. When I was first built.

I prefer Palm Beach and locations south of this area. The further south you go on the east coast, the clearer the water gets.
We go for the water. And water related activities.
St Augustine is a very nice town and we contemplated moving there. But the water is not clear enough for us.

I loved growing up down there. Not many down there can say they were born down there.
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My mom lives on the gulf coast in a town that is mostly snowbirds and few tourists as there's no major attractions for them other than the beaches. I definitely like visiting and could definitely live there as long as I'm inside some of the time.
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Peter. We sometimes go to Panama Beach. Its very nice and the water is great to. But no water there can compete with South Beach.
Where is your mom's at on the west coast? My mothers side of the family all were from and lived in Tampa.
My dads side were from Key West
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Peter. We sometimes go to Panama Beach. Its very nice and the water is great to. But no water there can compete with South Beach.
Where is your mom's at on the west coast? My mothers side of the family all were from and lived in Tampa.
My dads side were from Key West
Sarasota area. I know the "gulf coast" is pretty vague.
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My mom lives on the gulf coast in a town that is mostly snowbirds and few tourists as there's no major attractions for them other than the beaches. I definitely like visiting and could definitely live there as long as I'm inside some of the time.
I have never seen a house have a basement in Florida.
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I was born and raised in Miami and surrounding areas.
I went to Disney once in my entire life. When I was first built.

I prefer Palm Beach and locations south of this area. The further south you go on the east coast, the clearer the water gets.
We go for the water. And water related activities.
St Augustine is a very nice town and we contemplated moving there. But the water is not clear enough for us.

I loved growing up down there. Not many down there can say they were born down there.
Check out the Vero Beach/Sebastian area. The water is clear and no big high rises on the beach. Lot's of quiet beaches, nature reserves and a big intercostal waterway for fishing and boating. I have a house in a gated community on the island in Wabasso Beach.
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My mom lives on the gulf coast in a town that is mostly snowbirds and few tourists as there's no major attractions for them other than the beaches. I definitely like visiting and could definitely live there as long as I'm inside some of the time.
If you promise not to jump up on the couch or pee on the floor maybe mommy will let you in more often.
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Check out the Vero Beach/Sebastian area. The water is clear and no big high rises on the beach. Lot's of quiet beaches, nature reserves and a big intercostal waterway for fishing and boating. I have a house in a gated community on the island in Wabasso Beach.
I am on Zillow and Realtor.com and have Vero as one possible landing spot.
But I would prefer something further south.
Palm Bay and Melbourne have some good house prices.
But a bit to far north for my taste. Also out of market for Dolphin games on TV.

Don't get me wrong. Daytona can and does have clear water sometimes.
Its how consistent the clear water is. And that improves heading south.
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It is unusually cheap to fly to Costa Rica from Florida. That is the one thing positive I can think of right now about living in Florida. Cheap to fly to Costa Rica from Florida.
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Sand in Daytona is brown.
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Old 06-04-2019, 05:43 PM   #16
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I am on Zillow and Realtor.com and have Vero as one possible landing spot.
But I would prefer something further south.
Palm Bay and Melbourne have some good house prices.
But a bit to far north for my taste. Also out of market for Dolphin games on TV.

Don't get me wrong. Daytona can and does have clear water sometimes.
Its how consistent the clear water is. And that improves heading south.
Palm Bay and Melbourne are about 35 miles north of Vero Beach. Daytona is 127 miles north of Vero Beach.
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Palm Bay and Melbourne are about 35 miles north of Vero Beach. Daytona is 127 miles north of Vero Beach.
I am aware of that. My point was any coastal waters can get clear or murky depending usually on the weather.
But the further south you go on the east coast of Florida the clearer the water gets.
Look at South Beach (Miami) water vs Daytona. Its entirely possible Daytona may have very clear water on certain days and it more possible that south beach has clear water most every day. Not every day, but almost.

I have seen very clear water at Myrtle Beach. But it cannot compare to south FL. water.
If I had to choose a beach to live on, it would be at Dania Beach The best beach in the state IMO and the pier is nice.

In the 70's I would go there after third shift at the RR and have the 99 cent breakfast and sleep under the pier.
Those were the days.
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There's no doubt it can be brutal during the summer, but I still like it there. Also considering Myrtle Beach or Charleston for retirement. Like Savannah too.
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