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Old 04-08-2009, 07:05 AM
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I have spent every weekend of every summer since 1971 at the Jersey Shore, thats 38 years, and it's been home for 16 years. I am thinking of running away from home, selling out and living somewhere like North Florida for the summers. A lot seem to go to the mountains of NC/SC/TN... I don't need to be in a resort area, but I have to be able to smell salt... I still want to stay in SE FL from Oct to June.

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I would consider south GA also.Amelia Island,Brunswick and the likes
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Originally Posted by tommyr904 View Post
I would consider south GA also.Amelia Island,Brunswick and the likes
When did Georgia annex Amelia Island?

Based on Jersey Shore prices you could probably get a nice place in Ponte Vedra/Palm Valley - on the ICW even. Maybe look at Isle of Palms as well.
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Mike - try before you buy! My favorite Aunt and Uncle moved to S Fl when I was 9 or 10 and I couldn't wait to move there when i finished college. Learned that I didn't like the summer heat there. Felt that the need for AC 24/7 was almost as much an inconvenience as the need for heat during northern winters. Like you, I'm on the bay in NJ and I go much of the summer with windows open and air off - and really like it. You won't live like that in any of the places that have been mentioned. I've been to SC during the summertime and thought it was just as hot and humid as anywhere in FL. Is your DownUnder closed in and climate controlled or open to the breeze? I thought so - are you ready to give that up? Anyplace south of NC you're probably going to be living in AC from May/June through Aug/Sept. Tiki bar in the backyard? Not going to use it from Mem Day through end of Sept - too dern hot.
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I live in Panama City...Laid-back and not crowded. LOTS of condos for deals right now, especially for semi long-term rentals. You can also rent homes on the water for not too bad. The Destin area is nicer if you are looking for that.
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sr31aj... Appreciate where you are coming from completely, not buying any property anywhere. My Jersey home didn't even have central air until 3 years ago, but now I like having the AC on almost all summer. Tired of the salt film on everything IN the house. I do think I could possibly do Stuart year round. I'm probably going to travel Sept anyway if I check outta S'mere.
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Jacksonville beach, palm valley, and st augustine are all very nice. good fishing too.
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Amelia Island is quite possibly one of the nicest areas in NE Florida. St. Simons Island just over the state line is also a very beautiful place. If I were looking for a summer home those are two places I would check out!
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"I been a lot of places in my life and times" - and you're not ever going to find anyplace else quite like your "undisclosed location" in SJ. You'll be sorry, don't go. Just when I thought I had someplace to dock if I wanted to go to Twisties!
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Originally Posted by sr31aj View Post
"I been a lot of places in my life and times" - and you're not ever going to find anyplace else quite like your "undisclosed location" in SJ. You'll be sorry, don't go. Just when I thought I had someplace to dock if I wanted to go to Twisties!
One of the reasons I want to go.... Talk about F**kin up a nice neighborhood. Proves that all it takes is politics and money and you can do anything you want in NJ... 100 Seat restraunt with 4 parking spots and it is expanding next year! I truly hope we become part of SIC soon, and you would have never heard me say that, ever.
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heh heh - I knew mentioning Twisties would get a reaction! Just kidding you, hope you don't mind.
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Come on, there is no better place to be than the Jersey Shore from June until Sept. You my friend are living the dream right now, one day I hope to have a house in Florida for the winter.
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Shoot, I've lived in Florida all my life. Northwest Florida to be exact and I'm sick and tired of the damn cold weather here. Tied another record last night at 39 deg. Screw that, I'd move further south if I could afford it. Never a day below 80 degrees would suit me just fine. How in the world folks can put up with climates colder than this I'll never know.......come on summertime

Oh, lots of deals on property all over Florida these days, you may also want to check out NW Florida and the Redneck Riviera of Alabama. Great fishing and boating and more relaxed than other parts of Florida. Much more affordable than Destin, but Panama City and the area from there to the Big Bend is turning on now. Don't overlook that area.
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Port St Joe Fl is a quiet little area that has big dreams. Not far from Panama City and has great off shore as well as inshore fishing. I spend my weekends in that area and will retire there one day ( I hope ) Allows great year around fresh as well as salt water fishing and some great hunting as well.
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Buy yourself a trawler and live on that during the summer. Do the great loop, the Panama canal, up the west coast to Alaska. Up north you could spend 4 or 5 months on the Trent Severn, spend a summer up in Nova Scotia. Man, for what you'd spend on a second home, buy a 10 year old GB 32 gas her up and go.
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Do not consider Jax, crime is terrible. Go north to south Ga or South toward St. Augustine or Daytona..
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Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
Do not consider Jax, crime is terrible. Go north to south Ga or South toward St. Augustine or Daytona..
Yeah, I see that all the time in Ponte Vedra and Palm Valley!
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You don't have to worry about cold temps since you still plan on wintering in south Florida, so the "red neck riviera" would work well for you. Explore the pan handle of Florida. Also check out Bama's and Mississippi's small gulf coasts. This is the best summer fishing you will find. The only problem is that hurricanes use the gulf coast for target practice.

Florida's NE coast has some good fishing in the summer months and the towns from Stuart to St Augustine are nice. Jacksonville is too much of a big city for my taste, but head east from there to the coast and the world gets smaller and more friendly. Daytona is a little to much like living in a carnival, but the small towns just north and south of Daytona are great. I have a place in New Smyrna Beach. That's a great little town. Come on down and explore. Real estate prices are hitting bottom now. Timing is everything.
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Originally Posted by Menzies View Post
Yeah, I see that all the time in Ponte Vedra and Palm Valley!

I dont think you see much of either...Funny, I park my patrol car near Palm Valley in a locked lot and it was broken into just a few months ago, good thing my shotgun was not in my car.. Last Time I checked, Ponte Vedra is in St. Johns County not Duval so therefore not part of Jacksonville... Continue with your mindless dribble Menzie
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When did Palm Valley and Ponte Vedra annex Jax Fla?

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