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kingair
02-08-2005, 09:37 AM
We are moving back, and the Admiral is only limited to where there is a good hospital unles she stays with her current company. Those locations are Green Cove Springs, Hollywood, Tapa and ST petersburg. I need to find a job somewhere doing something:grin: So my question to everyone is this; If you had to move, but remain in Florida where would you go and why?


MrPat
02-08-2005, 11:00 AM
It all depends on what your boating/fishing preference is. If you want Gulf Stream close by for sailfish, dolphin, etc then your Hollywood location will work. The downside is living in the Miami metro area. I don't like big cities anymore. Along that coast, but further north you will find that Stuart FL will keep you near the Gulf Stream and out of the urban sprall.

The west coast locations offer calmer waters and fine fishing for snapper, grouper and Tarpon. Tampa is a fairly big city, but it's still livable. St Pete is smaller and more comfortable. There are plenty of nice areas near these cities.

I used to think that I would be moving to the coast sometime so I could be closer to the water. After last season's four hurricanes, I'm staying in the middle. We had three here, but they weaken from Cat 3 down to cat 1 storms by the time they get to Orlando. The plan now is to continue to keep the boat at the coast and drive an hour or so to go fishing.

kingair
02-08-2005, 11:26 AM
That is what I like about living in Orlando; 1 hour to the coast on the Beeline. We used to take Nova Road but it is not what it used to be. What is your opinion of Jacksonville?


MrPat
02-08-2005, 02:26 PM
It's a long run to fishing offshore (50 miles or more). No hurricanes there though :thumbsup:

men66500
02-10-2005, 01:40 PM
I live in the Tampa area currently and have no complaints. It's big enough to have a good job market, pro sports teams, etc, but still small enough to not be overwhelmed by everything. There are tons of fishing opportunities from the rivers, to the bay, to the gulf. I fish and sail and would hate to have to move elsewhere.....

29 NORTH
02-11-2005, 07:37 AM
I love South Florida, any where but you have to have very deep pockets to live where it is truly desirable. I like your idea of Orlando, it can be expensive or reasonable, and an hour from the coast, actually both Florida Coast are with in easy reach. Orlando has lots of stuff to do in between times of fishing or bad fishing weather. Traffic can be bad in Orlando, but that is true of almost every major city in Florida. Jacksonville is truly a northern city but just south of that is St Augustine, not a tropical paraidice but a different climate, strange what each 50 miles south in Florida will do to the weather. I could live in St Augustine. If I truly had my choice I would live somewhere below a line from Say the Cape to Tampa. This is where the clear blue water sets in, not the brown grey water From Daytona North

kingair
02-11-2005, 08:17 AM
Thank you for all your replies :thumbsup:

FINSTINCT
02-11-2005, 02:34 PM
I'm debating the same thing right now and due to job opportunities have been looking from Jacksonville, to St. Augustine and also the Orlando area... I would love to be able to find work further south but I think this will be the first move in as many as 3 or 4 to fine tune where I want to "end up".

I was bummed to find out the distance to the stream from the norther reaches of FL... But its still much better than what I'm use to! The whole hurricane thing had me thinking about staying inland but it oh so hard when there is so much coastline.

Good luck to you and yours!

kingair
02-11-2005, 08:39 PM
Where are you living now?

Cracker
02-11-2005, 09:06 PM
If any of you guys need some specifics let me know. I grew up in Green Cove Springs, I work in Jax in Law Enforcement, and I live in St. Augustine. I would avoid Jax to live if it were me, but thats my preference. Clay County or St. Johns is a lot nicer for your kids in my opinion...

kingair
02-11-2005, 10:03 PM
I was an Orange County Deputy before I went into the military. My fiance's hospital is in Green Cove Springs, that is why we were looking there. No to JX, why? No kids, just two pups.

fulltilt
02-12-2005, 08:14 AM
Currently on the west coast in the Tampa area...would move in a heartbeat to the east coast...probably up around Sebastian, Palm Bay, Melbourne, etc...northern Indian River County to Brevard County...much rather be on the east coast...closer to my family...closer to the islands... ;cool;

Cracker
02-12-2005, 08:25 PM
Kingair,
Maybe I am just a bit jaded but the crime in Jax is worse than other areas of N.E. Florida. Also traffic in Jax is a nightmare. Neighborhoods in Jax whether its old or new subdivisions seem to change quite quickly. St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island, Palm Valley, or even Hastings or Palatka would be better choices in my opinion. While St. Augustine is growing and getting busy you can easily find houses that are not built right on top of each other. That is hard in Jax unless you plan on spending over 200k. Traffic, schools, and plenty of gangs in Jax would be my concern...Good Luck, again feel free to ask any questions. Aer you still in Law enforcement?

Ray Zor
02-12-2005, 10:12 PM
I live in Pensacola and if I HAD to move the places you listed, Tampa would be it.
Jacksonville's growth rate has exceeded its ability to keep up. Traffic is a nightmare. my bro lives there. Pensacola is suffering the same although at a much decreased rate.
It would be damn hard for me to from here. Great place to live.
I can be in the water in 15 minutes and headed out into the gulf in less than 30 minutes.
Get into 100' depth real quick. 10-15 miles out.
35 miles out 600+'

kingair
02-12-2005, 10:34 PM
Cracker - 2/12/2005 9:25 PM

Kingair,
Maybe I am just a bit jaded but the crime in Jax is worse than other areas of N.E. Florida. Also traffic in Jax is a nightmare. Neighborhoods in Jax whether its old or new subdivisions seem to change quite quickly. St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island, Palm Valley, or even Hastings or Palatka would be better choices in my opinion. While St. Augustine is growing and getting busy you can easily find houses that are not built right on top of each other. That is hard in Jax unless you plan on spending over 200k. Traffic, schools, and plenty of gangs in Jax would be my concern...Good Luck, again feel free to ask any questions. Aer you still in Law enforcement?

I am no longer in Law Enforcement. After tonight at work, I am ready to move. My Boss came from AMEX and it shows. That is why I never had an AMEX, except when I was in the service. How are the job prospects for the areas you live in?

hblac
02-13-2005, 03:50 PM
Interesting thread. Actually we are moving to Jax in about four years. It is a long way to the stream! About the same distance as from SE North Carolina. However, they catch grouper 9 miles off the beach :thumbsup: !!! Can't beat that. Mayport landing is only a 30 minute drive from the house in mid-day traffic. They also catch Stripers under the Main Street Bridge in downtown during the cooler months.

They've got a lot going for the town. Sports team, plenty of entertainment and no state income tax. We are in the process of restoring a turn of the century house in the old Springfield section. Yep, it used to be crack house city but you need to take a look at what is happening there. If you want to make money on real estate its not to late. As the neighborhood continues to re-gentrify home values are escalating thru the roof. There are still bargains to be had. Jax offers a lot. Nice city and entertainment for the wife (relatives too) and close proximity to water and fishing for me.

We'd be down there sooner but she won't leave till her youngin get thru law school (he hasn't started yet) in a few years.

Hal

OspreyVic
02-18-2005, 12:47 PM
Sarasota or Charlotte County. Away from the big cities, but growing like crazy. Moved to Sarasota in 1973, wouldn't think of any place else.

Vic in Osprey FL

BigFun
02-20-2005, 12:52 PM
Without kids, Find a condo with a boat slip and enjoy the appreciation. With Kids, be careful because the school systems statewide cannot keep up with the growth, meaning crowded classrooms and underpaid teachers.

CrookedHook
02-20-2005, 01:57 PM
As soon as i check my Lottery Numbers, I'm moving from Tampa to East Coast from Sebastian Down...Love that deep water fishing. The Tampa side gets 1ft deeper for every mile you run

evernic
02-22-2005, 09:36 AM
Kingair, i'm jumping in here to ask how you liked the boat show from where you stayed on biscayne bay? Sunday night i was shrimping at the venetian causeway bridge which is 100 yds. south of where you stayed, 2hrs of dipping yielded over 500 med to jumbo shrimp. Now i'll connect this to your thread, i live 12 miles north of this area, i'm 100 yds to ICW from my dock and 10 min from biscayne bay which has beautiful blue water most of the time. my wife and i have been looking to move north to get away from congestion, but we have a love-hate connection to the area, because there is no area like the bay anywhere north, and i can fish,shrimp,picnic on the bay year 'round.
anyway, make your choice carefully since there are so many considerations for boaters, good luck whatever you decide :thumbsup:

evernic
trophy 2802WA 2x225 merc EFI
north miami beach fl.

kingair
02-22-2005, 10:28 AM
The Hotel was great; and because they did not have the room we reserved ready that had to give a newly remodeled suite at $30 off. What a drag. We could not have made a better choice. The suttle picked up right in front of the mariott which is connected to the double tree. We had a great time and a nice stay in Miami. We also went down to Coconut Grove to arts festival which was nice for Tammy. It remined of the Seafood Festival in Morehead City; too many people, but great food.

evernic
02-23-2005, 10:56 AM
glad you enjoyed your stay/show, ya CG art fest is fun and good food, i believe that you would agree that area on the bay is allright :thumbsup:

djcxxx
02-23-2005, 01:33 PM
My wife and I have lived in Palm Beach Gardens (North Palm Beach County) since 1998 and the growth has been astonishing. Even Martin and St. Lucie Counties (North) are undergoing rapid growth and cost of real estate keeps rising in the area. Cost of living has risen in this area as well. Wife and I both work for US Govt (Veterans Affairs) and Palm Beach County was just included in the Miami/Dade locality pay (includes Broward as well) which reflects increased living costs of particular regions. Congestion on the roads is not as much of a problem as Dade/Broward, at least not yet. If I had to move I would probably go with Tampa/St. Pete area based on livability and cost of living compared with South Florida. You mentioned hospitals, medical care in Florida continues to be "problematic" due to malpractice costs, and financial trouble with the hospitals. Tampa area has generally good care and the University Medical Center (So FL) is located in Tampa. Gainesville area has University of FL Hospital (Shands ) which is very good. In JAX the Mayo Clinic is very good and U of FL has affiliated hospitals. There are many hospitals from St. Lucie County all the way south to Miami. The University of Miami Hospitals (Jackson Memorial) is among the major US medical centers. There are VA hospitals in Miami, Tampa, Bay Pines, West Palm Beach, and a new hospital is to open in Orlando at some point if you or wife is/are eligible for VA care. If you or wife have special medical needs I would check this out prior to any move.

kingair
02-24-2005, 10:17 AM
Let me clarify. Tammy works for Kindred Hospital. They have several hospitals, Hollywood, Tampa, St. Pete and Green Cove Springs. She has 8 years with them, so she probably wants to stay. Nursing is obviously in high demand so she could go elsewhere. I have a job that is only located in North Carolina; although I could go back and do what I did in the Military or just do nothing.:grin:

On a side note, I am combat wounded so i receive VA benefits, although I have never used a VA hospital except for my initial comp exam.

djcxxx
02-24-2005, 12:03 PM
Nursing demand is very high all over FL so I'm sure that she'll be able to pick and choose. VA system has grown enormously in FL over last several years. Worth checking out wherever you move in the state. Good luck!

rondebmar
03-06-2005, 03:53 PM
Middle Keys: health care is mediocre at best; traffic moderate (surges with the tourist load); home prices absolutely out of sight; schools appear to be*mediocre at best; but the weather & fishing are unbeatable...

1961-62* Pensacola

1962-65* Green Cove Springs (Bass fishing *the St Johns)

1977-81* Ft Lauderdale (Offshore & Bassing *the canals)

1983-85* Ft Lauderdale

1985-89* Palatka (Bass boating the St Johns)

1989-00* St Augustine (surf casting *Matanzas...boating/fishing inshore-the ICW)

2000-03* Flagler Beach

2003-04**Key West (Trolling for pelagics)

2005*******Marathon* (Trolling for pelagics*...believe I'll remain here.)

Left many of these places (FLL, St Aug, Key West) due to massive population/traffic increase...only place left in FL that floats MY boat is the Keys.* (When I lived in Green Cove, the population of the entire state was four million...'nuff said!)

Ron

BigFun
03-09-2005, 06:47 PM
This may sound silly, but I listed my waterfront 2200 SF home in Tierra Verde, Florida for 899,000. Its the lowest price of 11 homes available in the 33715 zip code and I have a full price offer. Now I am concerned about finding a replacement home with deepwater acces in Northern Pinellas County, Florida. How is the acces in Dunedin, Ozona and Tarpon Springs. The prices and taxes are lower in North County. Is there decent access in Manatee County.

In Too Deep
03-09-2005, 07:58 PM
OspreyVic - 2/18/2005 1:47 PM

Sarasota or Charlotte County. Away from the big cities, but growing like crazy. Moved to Sarasota in 1973, wouldn't think of any place else.

Vic in Osprey FL

Shhh! Didn't you get the memo? We have enough people in Sarasota County & Charlotte County and current residents are supposed to keep quiet about this part of the state now.

I travel most of Florida and I do like Sarasota. If I could live anywhere it would be the Keys but for cost of living St Augustine, Palm Bay, or Ormond Beach would be good choices.

Chris

cwitch
03-10-2005, 05:55 PM
Big Fun,

You will have no problems finding a waterfront home with deep-water access in the northern parts of Pinellas County for that price! My wife specializes in waterfront property, specifically in the area of the home your selling and looking. Access is good to great in the Tarpon Springs area. Some access is limited in the Palm Harbor/Safety Harbor area. Make sure you research it before putting a contract on the property. Sellers will tell you anything! Good Luck!

BigFun
03-10-2005, 08:50 PM
I am trying to keep the price under $450,000 and get deepwater access. The schools and restaurants are better while taxes are lower in North County.

clinecs
03-11-2005, 06:43 PM
I live in Jax....Atlantic Beach to be more specific. I wouldn't scratch us off the list. Coming from a small town in Oklahoma...7600 people...Jax was a big change, but not as big as I planned. It still has that small town feel to it which I love. Yes it is a 60 mile run to the ledge, but in return everyone and their dog isn't there. We have great inshore fishing if that is your thing as well. I am currently in the market for my 1st home and would like to to buy in St. Johns county..schools are better and taxes are less.

Don't know if it helps, but Mayo Clinic(one of the best in the nation) just announced they are building a brand new hospital that they will own and operate...no longer will be partnered w/ St. Lukes. I personally feel like we have a lot going. If your wife didn't mind the commute, I would highly reccomend St. Augustine...little more quaint.

jml
03-17-2005, 04:03 AM
You need to read this.I grew up in Brevard county,Cocoa,Merritt Island area. And have lived from Miami to the North of Jacksonville.Stay the Hell away from NE Florida.Reason is CRIME.

I will give you a quick rundown of what has happened to us recently.One Saturday came back to the Sister's creek boat ramp.There is a JSO officer living at the ramp.My truck tires were cut along with 26 other trucks.Some had all four tires cut.Lots of flat bed wreckers had to come.

Another day at the Mayport ramp.Over a dozen trucks had all their windows smashed out and two boat trailers stolen.

Before that they took my new 4WD Blazer and the law in Alabama found what was left of it a couple of years later.

Roads to the boat ramps are nailed frequently,really bad during tournaments.That is where they dump out pails of nails behind them as they go down the road.Six or eight flat tires are no fun.

One evening my Wife and I are on I-10 and a cement block is thrown off an overpass at our car.They missed the windshield and hit the hood.People have been killed here by this common method,we were very lucky.

clinecs
03-17-2005, 09:49 AM
jml....I personally have never had 1 issue at the boat ramps nor have I ever heard of nailing the roads on the way to the ramps....even on tournament days. I have heard of some tire slashings at the ramps on the northside....1 time, but I bet you that has happened at one ramp or another across the entire USA. Your message makes it sound like this is a common problem....it isn't. By the way....there is not place you don't have to deal with crime....little town I grow up even had its spike of crime waves.

chalkguy
03-17-2005, 10:14 AM
I came to Sarasota county in December of 2001 for the winter...by the end of December I knew I didn't want to return up north.....bought a place and never looked back.....lower Sarasota and Charlotte counties are a great place to live....in this area you are about half way between the cities of Sarasota and Ft Myers....not so crowded ,not so much crime and a bit slower paced....I'm less than ten minutes from four different boat ramps and we have some of the greatest fishing in Charlotte Harbor....lots of other activities here too....I did my time in the cities......no more.......just my point of view....good luck on your choice ..............

jml
03-21-2005, 05:52 AM
Kingair and clinecs here is some news for you. In this mornings newspaper there is an article about auto thieft in Jacksonville. This place is the only city in the entire state of Florida that has this law. If you leave your keys in the car it will not be classified as stolen. If you have ever spoken to the person who stole your car it will not be classified as stolen.

This is only an unauthorized use. After 14 days the car might be classified as stolen to the police department.

kingair
03-21-2005, 06:14 AM
jml - 3/21/2005 6:52 AM

Kingair and clinecs here is some news for you. In this mornings newspaper there is an article about auto thieft in Jacksonville. This place is the only city in the entire state of Florida that has this law. If you leave your keys in the car it will not be classified as stolen. If you have ever spoken to the person who stole your car it will not be classified as stolen.

This is only an unauthorized use. After 14 days the car might be classified as stolen to the police department.


Seadad will correct me, but when I was in Florida; I thought you could get a ticket for leaving your keys in your car. ;?

abacodan
03-21-2005, 07:08 AM
Pensacola is reportedly about to receive a new VA hospital to go along with the tremendous Naval Education facilities here.
We do have a winter, but also have relatively uncrowded fishing conditions, deep water close to shore, in fact several 45-50' deep holes in Pensacola Bay that hold Grouper and Red Snapper.
Probably somewhat biased, but other than having onshore coral reefs, the water clarity and abundance of saltwater species here within easy reach of a 20' center console is truly hard to beat.
Come on Cobia Run!!!

Barometric
04-08-2005, 01:13 PM
omg, avoid Orlando at all costs, WallyWorlds combined with insane traffic and no coast, its the one city i would not move to. StAugustine is a really nice place, i like sarasota as well.

jolidl1
04-12-2005, 11:07 PM
If you are looking for deep water in Jacksonville. very near Mayo and connected to the ICW. Isle of palms is a nice place to live. Canals are being dredged out at this time. A 9-12 month project and about 1/3 done. Getting to be a big city, still with small town feel. Homes from the mid $450,000 to $900,000 New condos being built with boat dockage, very nice. I think $750,000 UP on the ICW. Love it here. Cool in the winter but florida in the summer. Remember jax is a large area. You have mentioned Green Cove, Paladka, St Augustine, and much more close by. Have it your way, Live where fewer neighbors or enjoy the beaches. I have lived here for over 34 years and crime here is what you make of it. Put yourself in a bad area and look out. Stay out of bad areas and you find yourself safe . I will be in south fl and the keys soon for a trip and i try and always remember that advice. Did i say a brand New fishing pier at the beach. Don't want to forget that. Jim

elpez
05-25-2005, 03:16 PM
jml, you HAVE to visit a witch doctor to get that monkey off your back , or maybe it's bad karma, I've been fishing and living in Miami for 40 years, countless trips to the ramps and NEVER have I experienced any of this, well I did have a car stolen 10 years ago, but not from a ramp area, don't recollect any nail stories locally either. I have heard of nailing happening at ramps up northern Florida and at lakes, mostly being the net guys upset about the bans.

Cracker
05-25-2005, 05:15 PM
jml - 3/21/2005 5:52 AM

Kingair and clinecs here is some news for you. In this mornings newspaper there is an article about auto thieft in Jacksonville. This place is the only city in the entire state of Florida that has this law. If you leave your keys in the car it will not be classified as stolen. If you have ever spoken to the person who stole your car it will not be classified as stolen.

This is only an unauthorized use. After 14 days the car might be classified as stolen to the police department.

jml,
You have either miss quoted the paper or the paper stated the use of the municipal ord. incorrectly. Duval County does have a temporary unauthorized use of a motor vehicle municipal ordanance. It is used when you someone you know (relative, friend, or even crackhead) is given access to your vehicle. In other words you trust the person enough to allow them to sleep at your house and have access to the keys or let them sit in your car while you run into the lil champ. You trust them enough to give them access. If you leave your keys in your car and someone steals it, it is still an auto theft, stupid, but auto theft. If it is someone you know that steals your car because you left your keys in it, it might be considered unauthorized use but it just depends on all the circumstances. You are definitely correct on the 14 day wait to file charges if the case is written as a temporary unauthorized use. BTW I am one of the guys that writes these reports everyday.

Kingair, You are correct it is illegal in the state of Fl to leave your keys in your ignition of an unattended vehicle. Its a traffic citation..

BigFun
05-27-2005, 12:32 PM
Do not move. If you own real estate in Florida, Keep it.

Dry Rot
05-27-2005, 01:19 PM
At risk of giving away my secret, here is my story. We bought a 2,000' house just off the Caloosahatchee near the Franklin Lock. We paid $270K in 2003. We have 100' of water at 5' depth low tide. We can keep our RV right next to the house. Today, it has doubled in value if not tripled. We are on a cud sac so we have NO traffic. This is a very rural east Ft Myers area.
On the other hand, I cussed the fresh water for lack of fishing until I realized how easy it was to take care of the boat corrosion wise. Then we started catching 100+ lb Tarpon. We have the view of boats crossing FL all day long from both east and west. The bad side: we are 15 miles from brackish water and 26 from the gulf.

Iím happy. Is this good?

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y126/DryRot/HouseFront10-03.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y126/DryRot/housepursuit.jpg

Cracker
05-27-2005, 01:33 PM
Sounds very nice

kingair
05-27-2005, 01:52 PM
When I was a Deputy in Orange county the rental car agencies stopped reporting stolen vehicles because it happened so often. They would just wait the time out or wait for us to recover one. We pulled 14 vehicles out of a lake.

Ocean Breeze
06-04-2005, 11:30 PM
I live in West Melbourne. There are some great hospitals here, the price of housing is reasonable, and the school is an A school. As far as fishing goes you can fish the Indian River Lagoon, The Banana River, The Mosquito Lagoon for all you inshore fishing pleasure. Redfish, Trout, Bluefish, Snapper, Snook and Tarpon just to name a few. You can also shrimp from the bridges there. Offshore there is Snapper, Grouper, Sails, Tuna, Kingfish, Dolphin fish, Wahoo and many other type of fish. The run offshore to great fishing is anywhere from 8 to 20 mile and you are into great fishing. I plan on living here for a long time and think you should take a ride over and spend a day or two in a hotel and see for yourself. I think you will like it because it has everything you want. Good luck with your search.

msumoose
06-07-2005, 03:24 PM
I'd go to south Georgia...but that is just me. You cannot beat the cost of living here with one single seaside community in all of Florida. The King's Bay Sub base is about to expand, and the growth that is about to happen here is unbelievable. I have made 30% on my BRAND NEW house after living in it for 2 years, with hardly any upgrades. I expect that to continue. It is a little far to the ledge, but hey, time on the water is time on the water, and you could get a job here at FLETC if you are ex military/law enforcement.

I paid 140k for my 1500sf home, I am 3 minutes from a boat ramp (see redfish cup in Darien - that is the ramp) and I can be in Savannah or Jacksonville in an hour or less. Smallish town, low taxes, etc. I absolutely love it here to the point that I did not move with my company that moved to St. John's County, FL.

PM me if you want more info.... :grin:

NothnButTheTruth
06-28-2005, 08:49 AM
rondebmar - 3/6/2005 4:53 PM



Middle Keys: health care is mediocre at best; traffic moderate (surges with the tourist load); home prices absolutely out of sight; schools appear to be*mediocre at best; but the weather & fishing are unbeatable...

1961-62* Pensacola

1962-65* Green Cove Springs (Bass fishing *the St Johns)

1977-81* Ft Lauderdale (Offshore & Bassing *the canals)

1983-85* Ft Lauderdale

1985-89* Palatka (Bass boating the St Johns)

1989-00* St Augustine (surf casting *Matanzas...boating/fishing inshore-the ICW)

2000-03* Flagler Beach

2003-04**Key West (Trolling for pelagics)

2005*******Marathon* (Trolling for pelagics*...believe I'll remain here.)

Left many of these places (FLL, St Aug, Key West) due to massive population/traffic increase...only place left in FL that floats MY boat is the Keys.* (When I lived in Green Cove, the population of the entire state was four million...'nuff said!)

Ron

Ron...May I ask...What do you do for a living, that will allow you this nomadic Florida lifestyle? Not to mention, a wife that enjoys it as much as you do. I am very jealous. Thanks, Ed :)

sapnfish
07-25-2005, 10:01 AM
Louisiana, Great fishing and no people.

r.waddill
07-26-2005, 05:11 PM
I have lived on Orlando twice and Pompano Beach and now live in Stuart. I like living in Stuart the best small town growing friendly place Pompano Second had a place on the water sold it beofre the boom I will need years of thearapy to get over that one.
Orlando Sucks lot traffic and farther than you think from the ocean. When you fish all day and run back home to orlando you are whupped. Its hard even to do a half day trip with traffic.
Aplus for being in Stuart or Sofla only 55 miles to the bahama banks :grin:

NothnButTheTruth
06-18-2006, 09:16 PM
Cracker...What details of Flemming Oaks can you tell me about? Home prices on the river or water leading to the river? Thanks.Cracker - 2/12/2005 9:25 PM

Kingair,
Maybe I am just a bit jaded but the crime in Jax is worse than other areas of N.E. Florida. Also traffic in Jax is a nightmare. Neighborhoods in Jax whether its old or new subdivisions seem to change quite quickly. St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island, Palm Valley, or even Hastings or Palatka would be better choices in my opinion. While St. Augustine is growing and getting busy you can easily find houses that are not built right on top of each other. That is hard in Jax unless you plan on spending over 200k. Traffic, schools, and plenty of gangs in Jax would be my concern...Good Luck, again feel free to ask any questions. Aer you still in Law enforcement?

Jeremy
09-18-2006, 12:15 PM
Well, you have the PX at MacDill, you have the VA hospital(s) in the area. You also have a huge assortment of hospitals in the Tampa Bay Area. I love St. Pete personally. Small time feel, but enough of a large city to get just about anything you want. I'm refurbishing my waterfront home - that will be ready by the first of the year and will be selling my 1500 sq foot house in the middle of pinellas county - 3/2, tile roof, desireable area, 40 feet above sea level - 15 minutes to just about everywhere - and enough room on the side of the house for a nice sized boat. $260k. jdixon1636 at earthlink dot net

nelson.m
09-20-2006, 08:17 PM
looks like im moving down too Jan-Feb going to Orlando first, look for work then move. going to take my boat or I may sell it then get one down there maybe smaller ? but I just want to get out of here!

delmar
09-20-2006, 10:22 PM
if its blue water fishing you are desiring take a look at the gulf stream map. so. fl. its in close. lots of peeps but warm in winter. whats that place on staten island that makes the great clam pizza? not much going on in green cove re: jobs. a little burg on the river. i pass thru it often. if its small town living and about a 20 mile tow to the ocean its ok.

nelson.m
09-21-2006, 07:33 AM
i still get my pizza from brooklyn , ill take some down to you

NothnButTheTruth
07-22-2008, 09:31 AM
Dry Rot - 5/27/2005 2:19 PM

At risk of giving away my secret, here is my story. We bought a 2,000' house just off the Caloosahatchee near the Franklin Lock. We paid $270K in 2003. We have 100' of water at 5' depth low tide. We can keep our RV right next to the house. Today, it has doubled in value if not tripled. We are on a cud sac so we have NO traffic. This is a very rural east Ft Myers area.
On the other hand, I cussed the fresh water for lack of fishing until I realized how easy it was to take care of the boat corrosion wise. Then we started catching 100+ lb Tarpon. We have the view of boats crossing FL all day long from both east and west. The bad side: we are 15 miles from brackish water and 26 from the gulf.

Iím happy. Is this good?

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y126/DryRot/HouseFront10-03.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y126/DryRot/housepursuit.jpg
I still like your area there, and was wondering what a house like yours is going for now? thanks

TSA
07-23-2008, 01:32 PM
grew up in orlando pre and post disney. parents still alive and living there currently. if someone offered me a free mcmansion, i would have to decline. i loath the place. many businesses move to orlando only to move again due to being paralyzed by the traffic situation.

lived i jacksonville and orange park (a few miles n of green cove). was better than orlando but the air smelled bad from the paper mill when the wind was blowing the wrong direction. the st. johns will stain you hull as well. jacksonville is also becoming more heavily culturally diverse as of late.

spent some time in panama city and destin as a boy and also 4 years in pensacola while in the navy. awesome clear blue water, and incredible fishing inshore, nearshore and offshore. the economy/wages are somewhat depressed there, mostly service industry related work. healthcare opportunities not as plentiful as other cities, however, income level by national standards makes you a king as a little money sure goes a long way. people are friendly.

spent some time in the keys but not lived there. i think i would go a little nuts after a a couple of months.

have a good friend near stuart. we fish out of jupiter when i drag the boat over there. wow. great deep water fishing so close so shore.....mostly pelagics though. beautiful water with ripping current most of the time.

been living in st pete now for 10 years. don't confuse st pete with tampa. to different cities completely, separated only by 3 bridges and tampa bay. tampa is a regular city with a big city attitude.......i like having it nearby (20 min away) but not too nearby. st petersburg is almost a peninsula (connected slightly on the north end). air is clean and smells good/skies clear blue. because we are a peninsula, traffic is somewhat predictable and steady. there are usually half a dozen different ways to get where you want to go. lots of places to go and things to do on the water so consequently we have many boats here. you'll see many a house with a Ttop poking up over the back fence or the boat out in the front yard or driveway. st pete is a small town with a small town attitude. i can't count how many time i've seen the mayor down at home depot. st pete doesn't freeze in the winter. year round fishing for grouper/snapper. pelagics when they are on the move from the keys to the panhandle. tampa bay water make a turn to the north when it exits consequently south of tampa bay (anna maria/sarasota) usually has clear blue water. to north can be clear but not so blue until you get offshore a few miles. as far as night life goes, st pete goes to bed pretty early......but if you are in the mood for something else, a 20 minute ride to tampa will find you whatever you are looking for.

good luck on your search.

Cracker
07-23-2008, 06:30 PM
NothnButTheTruth - 6/19/2006 12:16 AM

Cracker...What details of Flemming Oaks can you tell me about? Home prices on the river or water leading to the river? Thanks.



Sorry for the delay but Fleming Island is getting very expensive. Many people with $$ are leaving Jax for this area. They have a little commute but much better schools and area in general. Its funny, waterfront can be 3/4 of what it is in the Keys. In that area (non waterfront)homes start about 250K.



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