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Old 11-14-2008, 09:22 AM
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Being offered a position there. Just wondering what everyones opinion of the area is. For boating and living there.
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:33 PM
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By purchasing a Chart of the area you can get a really good idea of the area. Just so you know if you're going to head offshore the gulf does not drop off like the Atlantic side or the Keys and you're not going to see many pelagics, like your picture, unless you plan on 100 miles out.
Housing is cheap, but the taxing districts are chomping at the bit to raise their rates since assesed values have fallen and their spendable revenue decreased. You'll even get to pay for Lake Okachobee water district, why I have no idea. Plan on property taxes of $1850.00 per 100k of value, with some offset for homesteading.
FYI though I show BPK as residence I've a property in Cape Coral.
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Old 11-15-2008, 06:45 PM
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If I had a 9-5 salary position there I would seriously consider property just a tad North. It would mean a 35 minute commute to Charlotte but unless your citified it would be worth it on all fronts.
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:17 PM
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Personally, I love Ft. Myers. But for the fact that my bus. and family are all in the southeast Florida area, I would probably live there. It can be a bit on the rednecky side (by Ft. Lauderdale standards), but overall, I think it's got a nice mix of population. I love the natural resources there. Pine Island Sound is gorgeous, with lots of islands to see and tons of wildlife.

Some people call it Ft. Misery because it is a bit on the redneck side. However, Pt. Charlotte makes it look like a metropolis. I don't consider Ft. Myers much "citified", but then again, I live in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area, which is definitely much more city than country.

Note: I enjoy offshore and backcountry fishing, so I don't really mind not catching pelagics. Hell, when I'm there, I don't much mind anything.

I actually own a condo in Ft. Myers and go every chance I get. I usually rent it out in season and use it in the off-season. Lately, the economy has been such that I don't get as many seasonal renters, so I am in Ft. Myers a lot more than I otherwise would be. If you need any more info on Ft. Myers, shoot me a PM and I will be glad to give you whatever info I have.
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:16 AM
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Sounds like a good place. How are the tarpon, snook, trout, reds in that area? Thats what I would be going after alot more then tuna.


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I am not the best fisherman out there, but even I catch snook and trout out there. The tarpon and reds are there also, but I think they require a bit more skill. Not too far north of there is Boca Grande. It's a quick shot by boat. The tarpon fishing there is actually world renowned. I hear it's like shooting fish in a barrel. I would suggest a google search on Boca Grande Tarpon fishing, and you'll see what I mean. The nices thing about boating out there is that you get a lot more boating/fishing days because the water doesn't get that rough, even in the gulf. The downside, is that if you really want pelagics, you may have to run out quite a distance.
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:53 PM
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The downside, is that if you really want pelagics, you may have to run out quite a distance.
I can always throw it on a trailer and go to the East Coast too.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:17 AM
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Fort Myers is a great area. I'd steer clear of Lehigh and Cape Coral personally. I just don't like them. But I guess it depends on where your job offer is located. The fishing and boating are good.

Rednecky? Yeah sure by Fort Lauderdale standards but Fort Lauderdale is heavily metrosexual by Fort Myers standards. Comparing the two coasts of Florida is apples to oranges. Fort Myers is much more easy going and the people are much nicer.

I live in Ft. Myers proper in kinda of a historic neighborhood. Home prices vary greatly depending on age, size, location etc. The schools in Ft. Myers proper are the best in the county. Ft. Myers police are excellent.

Let me know what area you are thinking about and I can give you tips. There are only a few areas to really avoid.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:44 AM
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Let me know what area you are thinking about and I can give you tips. There are only a few areas to really avoid.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:52 AM
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CThomps - 11/17/2008 9:17 AM

Fort Myers is a great area. I'd steer clear of Lehigh and Cape Coral personally. I just don't like them. But I guess it depends on where your job offer is located. The fishing and boating are good.

Rednecky? Yeah sure by Fort Lauderdale standards but Fort Lauderdale is heavily metrosexual by Fort Myers standards. Comparing the two coasts of Florida is apples to oranges. Fort Myers is much more easy going and the people are much nicer.

I live in Ft. Myers proper in kinda of a historic neighborhood. Home prices vary greatly depending on age, size, location etc. The schools in Ft. Myers proper are the best in the county. Ft. Myers police are excellent.

Let me know what area you are thinking about and I can give you tips. There are only a few areas to really avoid.
I personally prefer the Gulf Coast over the Atlantic coast. Plus you get the bonus of Over the water Sunsets. But I was looking on a map and it looks like it is about 100 miles or so to the East Coast from there and only about 70 miles to grand bahama. Also it looks like its only about 130 miles or so by boat to the keys. The big sell isn't getting the job down there though it is selling the wife on how it is a good idea.

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Old 11-17-2008, 12:00 PM
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BTW, how is the Apartment situation down there? I may not want to get a house right away and may just want to get something small to start off with.
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Tons of real estate available, for rent and sale. Like I said above, I have a sweeet condo there, includes Golf, Marina slip or trailer storage (subject to waiting list) and tennis, right on the Caloosahatchee River (about 30 mins. from Sanibel Island by boat) and I rent it out annuallly for $1100 per month, seasonal, during winter, for about $2500 / $3,000 per month. I know they are selling 2/2's in there in the 150's, but the monthly maintenance is a bit high (marina, golf and tennis aren't really free, we just pay for it in maintenance fees).

If you're interested in knowing more about the community, renting mine, or looking into buying your own, whatever, just shoot me a PM.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:45 AM
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Awesome, you guys are great. rkatz and CThomps I will deff hit you with a PM when I start looking for something to rent or buy. If and when I move down there I owe you a fishing trip (hehe a cheap way to hire a guide.
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:15 PM
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Dude, you would NOT want me as a guide. Trust me on that. But, definitely in for a fishin' trip anytime.
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:37 PM
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You've got a great rig for the area.

The west coast of FL. is very different from the megametropolis mania of the east coast.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:29 AM
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rkatz - 11/18/2008 6:15 PM

Dude, you would NOT want me as a guide. Trust me on that. But, definitely in for a fishin' trip anytime.
Good deal man, I am not really going to know many people in the are (most of my friends and relatives live a bit north in the tampa area) so I will have no problem with your lousy guide service

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HillbillyTrader - 11/18/2008 8:37 PM

You've got a great rig for the area.

The west coast of FL. is very different from the megametropolis mania of the east coast.
Yeah, I like the west coast and the gulf. Seems more laid back.

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Old 11-23-2008, 04:51 PM
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What business are you in?

Is the job going to last down here?
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:06 PM
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saltydog251 - 11/23/2008 4:51 PM

What business are you in?

Is the job going to last down here?
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The company does collection stuff. Its a good business to be in right now
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:12 AM
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repo man eh?
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