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Old 05-13-2018, 11:23 AM
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Started the wheels rolling with the older folks in the family, trying to get them to make the move to Florida. They each own their own homes and have a fair amount of equity in them, enough so that they could afford a condo or townhouse and still have some play money.

What is important to them: Access to shopping, healthcare, restaurants, malls. The ocean isn't a big deal to them but if they could get there within 30 min drive it would be nice. 55+ community is a plus but not absolutely necessary. They have no idea what difference there is between the west and east coast so Boca or Venice seems exactly the same to them on paper.

A large city like Miami I think is out of the question, as Tampa would be too.

If you guys have any first or 2nd hand info on communities or small cities that fit this bill I'd appreciate the feedback so we can research them. If a community has shuttle bus services that is also a big plus, if a city/town has some mass transit that is also a plus. One of them does drive but that won't be forever.
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I lived in S. Florida for 20 plus years and moved to the Tallahassee area and I've spent my fair share of time all over both coasts. We moved to Pensacola 3 plus years ago and love it here. Outstanding fishery, very little traffic by comparison and I dare say the rest of the requirements listed are very easily met. It's a hidden gem that not many even think of.
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Old 05-13-2018, 11:42 AM
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The Villages
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Old 05-13-2018, 12:20 PM
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The Villages

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Haven't the "villages" been in the news for some not so good reason recently?
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Yeah. Highest rate of STD's in the country believe it or not. Aside from that great for retirees but a little expensive. Also look at On Top of The World in Ocala.
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Okeechobee. Near everything in So Fla.
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Haven't the "villages" been in the news for some not so good reason recently?
Not if you don’t participate in their extra curricular activities.

It has turned into a fantastic place to retire. They will never be bored. Shuttle services to tons of places. They have 3 different downtown squares now. All different themed. Even have their own hospital now. Live music every weekend on the square with alcohol sold curbside.

You guys at least check the area out.

https://www.thevillages.com/

https://www.thevillagesentertainment.com/home/
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Haven't the "villages" been in the news for some not so good reason recently?
Rumor is if the woman have gold shoes or sandals on there wanting to knock boots..50+
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Originally Posted by Rundeep View Post
Rumor is if the woman have gold shoes or sandals on there wanting to knock boots..50+
Oh OK. I had heard gold ankle bracelet.
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Rumor is if the woman have gold shoes or sandals on there wanting to knock boots..50+
I'll be sure to tell them, don't wear precious metals unless you want an invitation to the club house broom closet.
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Cape Coral Fl 33914
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Old 05-13-2018, 01:21 PM
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The Villages have everything there. They keep on building up there. They also run bus trips to Tampa Bay Downs horse track, casinos, Disney, etc.
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Hidden Harbor mobile home park , Stuart FL .
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Hidden Harbor mobile home park , Stuart FL .
No, thank you. They won't be moving into a trailer. I would, they wouldn't.
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Hear ya . My Grandma lived there - location and amenities it offers a lot plus you own your own land at this one .
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
Haven't the "villages" been in the news for some not so good reason recently?
Somewhat of a misnomer. Not really fake news but not necessarily true either.

https://www.ratemds.com/blog/the-vil...a-std-scandal/

https://www.insidethebubble.co/sex-l...-the-villages/
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Originally Posted by steelcityfishanddive View Post
The Villages have everything there. They keep on building up there. They also run bus trips to Tampa Bay Downs horse track, casinos, Disney, etc.
There is a shooting club from the villages that shoots at a private range near Ocala. The members of the range call them "the Village Idiots", LOL
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Not from Florida and never heard of the villages.

Just pulled up their website. They have a combined dog park & archery range?? Guess better practice trying to hit moving targets!
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
Somewhat of a misnomer. Not really fake news but not necessarily true either.

https://www.ratemds.com/blog/the-vil...a-std-scandal/

https://www.insidethebubble.co/sex-l...-the-villages/
Thanks for the links. I wasn't sure why I had heard of them but this must have been it.
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