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Old 08-11-2019, 09:07 AM
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Did not post this in Florida regional section cause I don't wanna mess up the good thing they got going down there.

I've been traveling Florida for the last few years looking for a place I may wanna move to once I slow down or retire (still many years away).

Would love to get opinions / experiences with places members here are familiar with..... and share some of my observations while traveling through.

Gonna try to break it down to one area per post and would love to hear from THT (good and bad)

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Old 08-11-2019, 09:13 AM
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Punta Gorda / Port Charlotte
Was through there Friday.
They look like very different places??

When headed north on 41 I asked a clerk at a gas station where to get a room... a man at counter paying for gas said I would find plenty of decent places to stay in Venice. He added DO NOT stop or stay in North Port.
I didn't but am curious about that warning?
Old 08-11-2019, 09:16 AM
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Stuart?

I like this area and have now visited a few times.
Like the fact it looks like one could live in an uncongested / rural area and still be close to the water.

My concern is what this area will look like in 10 to 15 years?
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Any where up and down 30a
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Originally Posted by jhuffman228 View Post
Any where up and down 30a
Was out there end of June.
Love to visit that area but don't wanna live in / around panhandle.
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Key Largo
Old 08-11-2019, 10:23 AM
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The Villages. Ground Zero for one of the largest syphilis outbreaks in modern history. Lots of horny old people.

You'll fit right in.
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Originally Posted by ChrisW21 View Post
The Villages. Ground Zero for one of the largest syphilis outbreaks in modern history. Lots of horny old people.

You'll fit right in.
Now, that`s just wrong!

Rudy is not old. Yet.

I would wait and see what happens with our water situation in the coming decade.
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Crystal River area. The Nature coast.

Don't even try and guess what any place in Florida is gonna look like in 15 to 20 years. You most likely will guess wrong.
Old 08-11-2019, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by BlueRudy View Post
Stuart?

I like this area and have now visited a few times.
Like the fact it looks like one could live in an uncongested / rural area and still be close to the water.

My concern is what this area will look like in 10 to 15 years?
I've just bought 2 acres on Merritt Island. What's wrong with where you are???
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I live in Bonita and Love it. I was in Naples for a while, but now I am back to Bonita. the fishing is great. Its safe and there is plenty to do within 10 min by boat or car.
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To Add, I spent 4 years in Miami working... Fun if your young but not for rasing kids, Now working in Palm Beach. I still prefer Bonita. More Midwestern.
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Hog Valley!!!
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Darryl,
I like both Flagler and Volusia..
Volusia is close enough for shopping and population, Flagler has dome nice cheaper housing in Palm Coast. Also little tip, Putnam County is probably has some of the cheapest property in Florida. The St.Johns river is over there too and the river life is nice too..

Good Luck buddy
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Wife and I are also looking to move closer to a coast when we retire which is only a few years away. We take at least one fishing vacation a year to Englewood on the gulf side a few miles south of Venice. Were also looking at the Port st Lucie area on the Atlantic side. We don't do any inshore fishing so the good bottom fishing is closer on the Atlantic side but we also like the Englewood area where the runs are at least 20 mile to good fishing.

We keep going back to the Englewood area where you can get more for your money in a house.
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Depends on so many variables. Do you like blue water, or are you content having to run 25-50 miles to find dolphin? East coast depth falls off quick, generally more crowded and more expensive to live (minus Naples). West coast lots of snook, redfish, trout fishing close by, gotta run to find pelagics. I live in the middle, so I have to tow either way but much more rural inland.
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Originally Posted by ChrisW21 View Post
The Villages. Ground Zero for one of the largest syphilis outbreaks in modern history. Lots of horny old people.

You'll fit right in.
To the OP, I don't live in The Villages but a whole 5 minutes on Google proves the story was total bullshit.

It is a VERY large area so may be worth checking out?

Good Luck
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I have friends with a lot they bought for their 5th wheel. They love it.

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Originally Posted by cmatthews7 View Post
Depends on so many variables. Do you like blue water, or are you content having to run 25-50 miles to find dolphin? East coast depth falls off quick, generally more crowded and more expensive to live (minus Naples). West coast lots of snook, redfish, trout fishing close by, gotta run to find pelagics. I live in the middle, so I have to tow either way but much more rural inland.
I love the blue water and love the islands however, barring some sorta windfall, I will not have east coast money.
Great to visit but do not wanna live there.
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Originally Posted by ChrisW21 View Post
The Villages. Ground Zero for one of the largest syphilis outbreaks in modern history. Lots of horny old people.

You'll fit right in.
Originally Posted by RIDE2GETHER View Post
To the OP, I don't live in The Villages but a whole 5 minutes on Google proves the story was total bullshit.

It is a VERY large area so may be worth checking out?

Good Luck
At a very spunky 52 I'm not even close to ready for The Villages even though I do have a golf cart that is straight pimp.

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