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Me and my family are strongly considering moving to the keys next year, but wanted to get your opinion on the political environment. I feel like, based on my time in the keys, it is primarily conservative until you get to Key West of course. We definitely want a conservative environment as the one we are leaving is very liberal and has become toxic. The vast majority of my time has been spent in Big Pine and we are thinking about moving to Islamorada due to the schools, but not sure if the political environment is similar to Big Pine.
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09-03-2020, 05:49 PM
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Wish everyone would leave their political flags at home when they moved down or came to visit. Don't need either sides silly flags here. Just United States ones!
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Just got back from 2 weeks in KCB in Marathon appears, based on flags across the neighborhood, to be heavy Republican supported. Only saw one supporter for the Democratic Party.

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Fairly conservative in Islamorada. Lots of Trump flags at the sand bars. Overall, the keys are pretty close to 50/50 though at least that is how I heard the vote was in 2016.

Before you make a move, I strongly suggest you come down and rent for several months. Keys lifestyle isn't for everyone and a week on vacation only paints a specific picture. Just saying this as your question leads me to believe you have not spent a lot of time down there and if you have it was only in vacation mode.
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Fairly conservative in Islamorada. Lots of Trump flags at the sand bars. Overall, the keys are pretty close to 50/50 though at least that is how I heard the vote was in 2016.

Before you make a move, I strongly suggest you come down and rent for several months. Keys lifestyle isn't for everyone and a week on vacation only paints a specific picture. Just saying this as your question leads me to believe you have not spent a lot of time down there and if you have it was only in vacation mode.
We've spent a total of 8 months in Big Pine, we rent for two months every summer. I like the culture in Big Pine, but we feel the schools in Plantation Key are better for the kids. What we've noticed is the culture can be quite different on one island versus another, so that is why I wanted to poll the forum on people's thoughts regarding Islamorada section of islands.
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Once you move to the keys what and where will be your getaway?
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Once you move to the keys what and where will be your getaway?
Hialeah
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Originally Posted by junepoon View Post
Once you move to the keys what and where will be your getaway?
The mountains or once a year to the Bahamas.
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Hialeah
haha...only for trips to Costco
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Hi, Islamorada resident here. Born and raised here actually and moved back once my career allowed me to. Shoot me any questions you might have, we also have kids.
I’d say Islamorada is a conservative area... trump flags everywhere.
As far as keys life, I think it was Dave Barry that wrote if you took America and turned it sideways and shook it all the weird people would fall through Florida and wind up in the keys... I don’t know the exact quote but it’s close. That said I still love it here. We have some odd types but overall it is amazing. There are much worse places to live. It is definitely improving in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by scubaman77 View Post
Hello everyone,

Me and my family are strongly considering moving to the keys next year, but wanted to get your opinion on the political environment. I feel like, based on my time in the keys, it is primarily conservative until you get to Key West of course. We definitely want a conservative environment as the one we are leaving is very liberal and has become toxic. The vast majority of my time has been spent in Big Pine and we are thinking about moving to Islamorada due to the schools, but not sure if the political environment is similar to Big Pine.
Be careful as the Keys Grammar Police might bust you!
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Fish don’t know what party you support come on down
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No doubt, and it's an island life, F politics, live and let live.
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Wish everyone would leave their political flags at home when they moved down or came to visit. Don't need either sides silly flags here. Just United States ones!
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Originally Posted by scubaman77 View Post
Hello everyone,

Me and my family are strongly considering moving to the keys next year, but wanted to get your opinion on the political environment. I feel like, based on my time in the keys, it is primarily conservative until you get to Key West of course. We definitely want a conservative environment as the one we are leaving is very liberal and has become toxic. The vast majority of my time has been spent in Big Pine and we are thinking about moving to Islamorada due to the schools, but not sure if the political environment is similar to Big Pine.
If your moving to the keys and the political environment is a concern I would seek life elsewhere.

Most folks escape to the Keys to not have to worry about a political environment. They adapt and go with the flow for the most part. If they don't, they don't last long.

Kinda of a niche society. Take it for what it is and enjoy it.I
There is a big difference between Big Pine and Islamorada and it isn't political. It's a culture.
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YAY another BS politics thread...
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Originally Posted by MrWesson View Post
YAY another BS politics thread...
We don't have to discuss our political views. I was just wondering where most of the area falls in terms of their affiliation as I want to do my due diligence prior to moving there. Most people on the thread have been really helpful, thank you to those people!
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I have visited KW for the boat races the last couple years but otherwise I know nothing about the keys. However, a girl I went to HS with moved down there 4-5 years ago (she happened to be in VA visiting family when the hurricane tore everything up bad and I re-connected/bought a pallet of water for her to take back down when she left). Anyway, she originally moved her 14-15 year old daughter down with her but said the local kids were absolutely brutal to "non-natives". I don't know if it was a teenage girl thing or not but the girl moved back to VA to live/finish school with her grand-parents.......look into it and hope that story was an isolated case.
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Originally Posted by scubaman77 View Post
Hello everyone,

Me and my family are strongly considering moving to the keys next year, but wanted to get your opinion on the political environment. I feel like, based on my time in the keys, it is primarily conservative until you get to Key West of course. We definitely want a conservative environment as the one we are leaving is very liberal and has become toxic. The vast majority of my time has been spent in Big Pine and we are thinking about moving to Islamorada due to the schools, but not sure if the political environment is similar to Big Pine.
No politics Bruh......
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Wow, I really cannot believe I am hearing someone will or won’t live in an area based on how many people have their same political views. Are we not all Americans? This is complete brain washing that liberals are bad and ruining places, its simply not true! And the keys are plenty liberal, and plenty conservative, just go to the places within your area that more closely align with your views. Simple answer is, its about 50/50, just like everywhere else. Hell Dein Numes is from CA, isnt that a liberal badtion? Just like any other place, there will be both sides, why not try to get along with everyone, and just keep politics out of it, you light find some people are pretty cool who may not think exactly like you!
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