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Old 02-15-2012, 09:13 AM
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I'm looking for the pros & cons of living in Florida. I'm currently living in Houston, TX.
I know the fishing is better in FL than TX. which is my big draw to it.
But we can't always live just where we want too. The wife would like to move to FL.
What are the pro's and con's of living in FL. that I may not be aware of.

I have my own business here in TX. which I would keep and start a new branch of business in FL. I also own a boat.

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Florida is very different from one end to the other. Need a little more exact info on what you're looking for.
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We moved from Atlanta about 6 years ago and never looked back. I live in the east coast about 40 miles south of Cape Canaveral. 84 and partly cloudy right now.

What kind of business are you in?
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I know the fishing is better in FL than TX. ...
Really? Me thinks you've been fishing in that crowded Galveston Bay system too long.

In all seriousness though, the Florida guys can steer you in the right direction with a bit more info. Good luck but don't let the door...ahh never mind.
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We moved from Atlanta about 6 years ago and never looked back. I live in the east coast about 40 miles south of Cape Canaveral. 84 and partly cloudy right now.

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I photograph students at Martial Arts school all over TX.
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I know the weather is good (hot) in FL. but so is it here in TX.
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Florida is very different from one end to the other. Need a little more exact info on what you're looking for.
Just looking for a better life style. Cost of living in FL is more than TX. I'm sure.
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Location needs to be specific. Fl is very diverse. 50 miles can make you feel like you are in a different world.
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North Florida is southern and red state, south Florida is New York and very blue. N Fl is not as crowded but dose get "cold" (for florida) in the winter.
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You'll get arrested doing that here!!

Just kidding, while it is hot here in Florida by most folks standards, you do get used to it.

What is very nice is when the sun starts to set in the evening and you still have a couple of hours of daylight left to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

Like most of the country this winter, we have been having some stellar weather.

I don't know what your life style is like in Texas but in my opinion living on the mid to southern west coast of Florida is where it is at.

We presently live in Orlando and have a house that we use in the summer on the water in Madeira Beach. This is near Clearwater.

From late April through the end of October, we head west every Friday after work, drive 2 hours to the beach, jump in the boat and head up the ICW to one of our favorite watering holes for dinner and libations. Monday mornings we head back to Orlando at 5:30 to get back in time for work. This allows a whole day of fun on Sundays.

Saturdays and Sundays are spent either fishing or cruising the waterways of our area. Plenty of bars, restaurants, islands, beaches and out of the way coves to explore.

It is truly a different world once we cross the causeway bridges onto the barrier islands.

I would suggest taking week or two and visiting the different areas of Florida, as mentioned there is much diversity within a 50 mile or so distance.

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You'll get arrested doing that here!!

Just kidding, while it is hot here in Florida by most folks standards, you do get used to it.

What is very nice is when the sun starts to set in the evening and you still have a couple of hours of daylight left to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

Like most of the country this winter, we have been having some stellar weather.

I don't know what your life style is like in Texas but in my opinion living on the mid to southern west coast of Florida is where it is at.

We presently live in Orlando and have a house that we use in the summer on the water in Madeira Beach. This is near Clearwater.

From late April through the end of October, we head west every Friday after work, drive 2 hours to the beach, jump in the boat and head up the ICW to one of our favorite watering holes for dinner and libations. Monday mornings we head back to Orlando at 5:30 to get back in time for work. This allows a whole day of fun on Sundays.

Saturdays and Sundays are spent either fishing or cruising the waterways of our area. Plenty of bars, restaurants, islands, beaches and out of the way coves to explore.

It is truly a different world once we cross the causeway bridges onto the barrier islands.

I would suggest taking week or two and visiting the different areas of Florida, as mentioned there is much diversity within a 50 mile or so distance.

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the best reason to move to Florida is in this post.

florida is extremely diverse. i wouldnt live anywhere other than Miami Dade, but most people wont live here. you can fish down here virtually everyday of the year and you have the Bahamas less than 2 hours away. many fertile grounds to fish. the stuart - melbourne area is fantastic area and you have access to those grounds.

there is a state corporate income tax, but no personal income tax.
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We need to know where you are from ORIGINALLY!!!

It will have a lot to do with how comfortable you are with the neighborhoods you are considering.



North and Central Florida, lots of Floridians.

SW Florida, lots of midwest and northern folks.

Miami area...well, if Spanish is not your first language, I would look around some more.

Ft. Liquordale area...need to be young, college aged and usually from up north.

Spring Hill, Florida, better be a New Yorker.

And there is this community near Boca Raton that has French Canadian tv broadcast all thruout the community. Trust me, when a woman in her 60's sprouts grey underarm hair, it aint pretty...

The Keys...the Conch Republic isn't providing any new passports from what I hear and read...1 week or 2 and yer fine....but not much longer than that.

Note...all the above provided with tongue firmly in cheek...

You guys were doing something right there...you managed to get gill nets banned from the inshore waters long before we did!!
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No body has said it yet, so, pictures we need pictures! CAn't answer your question without pictures. We need to know if you look like east or west coast, north vs. southern FLA.
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No body has said it yet, so, pictures we need pictures! CAn't answer your question without pictures. We need to know if you look like east or west coast, north vs. southern FLA.
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Well I'm originally I'm from upstate NY (Albany). Been in TX. 22 yrs. now. Back in the late 70s we (Yankees) moved to TX. to show Texans how to do things correctly. Found out they are slow learners.

Now I figure it's time to move to FL. and teach them the same things.
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Well I'm originally I'm from upstate NY (Albany). Been in TX. 22 yrs. now. Back in the late 70s we (Yankees) moved to TX. to show Texans how to do things correctly. Found out they are slow learners.

Now I figure it's time to move to FL. and teach them the same things.

Ha ha! Good one...now get your yankee arse back to the area triumphrick suggested - Spring Hill, and show'm how to do things right.
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Well I'm originally I'm from upstate NY (Albany). Been in TX. 22 yrs. now. Back in the late 70s we (Yankees) moved to TX. to show Texans how to do things correctly. Found out they are slow learners.

Now I figure it's time to move to FL. and teach them the same things.

Oh Boy! Nothing they hate more then some yokel telling them "The way we do it back home is..."! You ain't gonna fit in well at all! Better move back to NY while you can.
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I thought that would get some interesting replies. I'm interested in maybe central FL. west coast.

Looking for info on state income tax (if any), sales tax, home costs, boating/fishing problems in that area if any. Cost of living. The usual stuff you want to know about an area before you move there.
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Right now is a great time to buy a waterfront home on the West Coast. Can't say if we have hit bottom in real estate but seems that the decent waterfront properties in the Clearwater/St. Pete area are about there. Lot of inventory to choose from.

No state income tax, sales tax 6.5 to 7, homeowners is a bitch to get and afford. Our 1500 sqft home on the water runs us about $3800 a year in taxes, $2500 insurance, $180 a month for power average w/pool and hot tub.

Fishing is great, but like all over, NOAA is turning us into criminals. Boating is fantastice and worth all it costs to live and play here.

Like any place, rent before buying to get an idea of where you fit in.
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The best bang for your buck, and some great fishing water is right off our West coast.

There is nowhere in the state right now that has a cheaper cost of waterfront living than the Pasco/Hernando areas.

Lots of waterfront homes on nice canals that are a few minutes idle out to some of the best redfish/trout/snook fishing around these parts. Head out further and the bottom fishing picks up. Run 80-100 miles and you are in the Florida Middlegrounds.

You can spend lots more and live in Pinellas.

You can look a little south...Manatee/Sarasota counties have some of the most beautiful water/properties/ramps, etc. but you will definitely be paying more.

World famous Boca Grande and the Peace river is a little farther south in Charlotte and Lee counties. Not as pricey as Sarasota, but still great fishing.

Thats it for what I know...
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The best bang for your buck, and some great fishing water is right off our West coast.

There is nowhere in the state right now that has a cheaper cost of living than the Pasco/Hernando areas.

Lots of waterfront homes on nice canals that are a few minutes idle out to some of the best redfish/trout/snook fishing around these parts. Head out further and the bottom fishing picks up. Run 80-100 miles and you are in the Florida Middlegrounds.

You can spend lots more and live in Pinellas.

You can look a little south...Manatee/Sarasota counties have some of the most beautiful water/properties/ramps, etc. but you will definitely be paying more.

World famous Boca Grande and the Peace river is a little farther south in Charlotte and Lee counties. Not as pricey as Sarasota, but still great fishing.

Thats it for what I know...
Thanks that's the type of serious info I was looking for.
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