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Old 08-18-2014, 05:13 PM
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Unhappy What is life like in FL?

May be relocated soon to between maitland and Lakeland. Google maps appears to show nothing but urban sprawl. Am from Carolina and used to country life with 1 hour commute to RDU area. When I say country I mean I have alwąys been able to pee and do what I want in my front yard with reasonable privacy. I am used to hunting in fall for deer and ducks in winter. Fishing in summer both salt and fresh with very rarely seeing anything that would bite me besides skeets and ticks. Love the idea of salt life but am sure will miss seasons. Will my lab be at risk every time we train with retrieves in water? We duck hunt every sat in season and boat every Sunday in lake in summer without worry. What would I be gaining compared to what I'm losing.? Don't want to leave NC but may have no choice. Sell me on your state.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:33 PM
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There's quite a distance and a big difference between Maitland and Lakeland. Maitland to me is Orlando, which is pretty much my least favorite part of the state. Lakeland's a little more rural. There is still plenty of land down here and parts of the state are as wild as anywhere in the southeast. Gators are around but much more in some areas/lakes than others. Once you get down here and network a little with some of the local duck hunters you will get it figured out and you won't have an issue. Also, if you show an ice scraper to most Floridians it will take them awhile to figure out what it's used for.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:44 PM
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Orlando sucks...stay away.

Lakeland is very rural. Lots of wide open spaces. LAKE-land....get it? Lots of water.

Not far to the West is the Gulf. Lots of great salt water fishing.

Don't care to hard sell too much...lots of folks here already...
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Live in Maitland, weekends in Madeira Beach (west coast between Clearwater and St Pete Beach). I enjoy our life in Maitland because everything is close, but.....it is Orlando and while it's not L.A. there is enough traffic to make it feel that way sometime!

West coast is where we will end up, hopefully sooner than later.

It's probably faster paced than where your from but I still love Florida, it has pretty much everything an outdoors person wants or needs.
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Are you looking to re-locate to either Maitland or Lakeland? Or somewhere between? I'd take Lakeland over Maitland. Otherwise, I'd look at Winter Haven. Lots of lakes and still somewhat rural.
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Pick lakeland! I live right outside of there and love it. I'm only on one acre but there is plenty of rural property and it's a quick hop on i4 to the west coast saltwater.
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Wherever you land, you will get a 6 percent or so increase in your salary....on top of the increase in your salary. No state income tax is nice....

If you want country, you want to be closer to Lakeland....
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Florida sucks, stay away.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:10 PM
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There would be 10 feet of snow on the ground in the middle of July in key west Florida before I moved to Orlando. Good luck.
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If you are moving just because your JOB is making you leave a place you love, then get a new job. Not saying its easy, but in the end its just a job, and they have zero loyalty to you or you to it.

OTOH, Florida is a great place most of the time. Lakeland has a sweet MX track. Your kids will love the the theme parks during off peak times, and west coast boating is pretty sweet if you like bikinis and fishing.
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Lakeland is not a bad area if you like upland areas. You are on the other side of Tampa/St Pete from the beach
I would arrange to avoid I-4 as much as you can. Try to find a home so you get to work without using it. When it is moving it is a great way to get somewhere but during rush hour, it can be a parking lot. The farther from Orlando the better. Things mellow pretty fast as you go south of I-4.
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Old 08-19-2014, 04:45 AM
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Carolina- big difference in areas. As I understand duck hunting is ok in Florida. A lot of people don't like the ducks because the meat has tendency to taste a little like algae. There is a ton of hunters in the Mosquito Lagoon on the east coast.

I live in Sanford on 2 acres. Closest neighbor is across the street, but that is it. I have an archery range in my backyard for my daughters and the neighbors across the street shoot skeet every weekend.

If I move anywhere it would be towards Chulutoa, Oviedo, Geneva area rural and ton of land.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:05 AM
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Orlando is like a cancer that is consuming the entire central Florida region. I don't know anyone who lives there who enjoys it. That whole area was nothing but citrus groves when i was growing up and ever since Disney came in, it has continued to become just one big ugly, urban sprawl nightmare. High crime, horrendous traffic, etc, etc.
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Originally Posted by Carolina78 View Post
May be relocated soon to between maitland and Lakeland. Google maps appears to show nothing but urban sprawl. Am from Carolina and used to country life with 1 hour commute to RDU area. When I say country I mean I have alwąys been able to pee and do what I want in my front yard with reasonable privacy. I am used to hunting in fall for deer and ducks in winter. Fishing in summer both salt and fresh with very rarely seeing anything that would bite me besides skeets and ticks. Love the idea of salt life but am sure will miss seasons. Will my lab be at risk every time we train with retrieves in water? We duck hunt every sat in season and boat every Sunday in lake in summer without worry. What would I be gaining compared to what I'm losing.? Don't want to leave NC but may have no choice. Sell me on your state.
Stay away from Orlando at all costs. Lakeland would be much more to your liking but be prepared to miss Carolina. Summers can get really hot and in some areas the mosquitos will eat you alive. Close enough to the west coast salt water which is great but very different from Carolina waters. In addition to not having to deal with state income tax the cost of goods and services is noticeably cheaper in Lakeland than most parts of Carolina. Quite a few people I know from Carolina who tried the area you are talking about moved back to Carolina within a few years. If my ex-wife wasn't one of them I would be up there too!! Good luck buddy you're gonna need it...
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May be relocated soon to between maitland and Lakeland. .
Where exactly between Maitland & Lakeland? That will make a big difference in where you want to live. Maitland is near Orlando & Lakeland is near Tampa.
Or do you have a choice between the two?
I would avoid the South side of Orlando. North side incl. Maitland not so bad. The Maitland/Winter Park area is one of the best suburbs of Orlando.
You will want to live near your workplace to avoid a lot of traffic.
Either place you will have to trailer your boat to salt water.
Lakeland you will have to deal with the Tampa Bay area, Maitland you can go to Port Canaveral, Ponce Inlet, Indian River Lagoon.

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Lived in Orlando for 5 years and couldn't wait to move back to North Florida. Would flip burgers before I would move back down there or have to deal with I-4 traffic on a regular basis. That being said, my parents live at Haines City which is close to Lakeland. Its a nice area and there seems to be a lot of acreage parcels available although you may get sticker shock when you see the price. That area is phenomenal for freshwater fishing. I would get a bass boat and learn some of those lakes for black bass, speck perch, and bream. My parents used to live on a small lake and we could almost always catch a bunch of bream off the dock. There are some serious duck hunters in that area but couldn't tell you much about it except that your concerns about the pooch being eaten are valid. You will miss deer hunting if you move to Central Florida unless you like combat hunting on the management areas, get on a crummy lease in North Florida, or just keep a place to hunt where you live now and make a couple trips a year.

What would you be gaining - some of the best freshwater fishing in the world and access to great saltwater fishing and beaches not far away.

What would you be loosing - not as many options for country living and you will tell your friends about how you used to hunt deer around the house. If you move to Orlando, your sanity.


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Old 08-19-2014, 07:08 AM
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It's a big state with a variety of living experiences. I'd never consider living near Orlando or the east coast but I'm very happy in SWFL. All depends on your likes/dislikes. I suggest renting first to determine where you really want to live.
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:16 AM
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Orlando is hot, Lakeland is hotter. Lakeland is DAMN hot the majority of the year. If you can't live closer to the coast, I'd stay in Carolina honestly.

Lakeland isn't as rural as these guys say. It's pretty much become a bedroom suburb of Tampa. As for the Orlando area, yeah, avoid it. Traffic there sucks. It's hot.

And yeah, I-4 sucks. Bad.
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:29 AM
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Gains for the area mentioned, Better weather year around. That's about it.

Loses, There is something to get your dog in almost every pond.
Deer hunting has become a joke unless you find a high $ lease.
Center of the state puts you a good drive to the saltwater and the main corridors to the water have plenty of traffic.
You want acreage and privacy, better break out some coin unless you get real rural, not much of that left along the I-4 corridor.

I would commute hours a day before I got anywhere near Mickey Mouse proper.

I have lived on the central west coast my entire life and to be honest, I for the first time considered getting the hell out of here. Not many moving out and a whole lot still coming in. It's not going to get any better.

Florida is growing again and the quality of life is shrinking if your used to what it was like just a few years ago. Some folks like living in subdivisions where you need to turn sideways to walk between the homes. Thus, the cost of acreage. Lots of retirees and they like the gated communities and such. I have seen some succumb to selling off 5 acre homesteads and watch as they build 10 single family homes on it.
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Like this:

http://www.thehulltruth.com/florida-...ero-light.html

When I lived in Florida everytime I was out on the water some jerk bait would cause problems.

Here in GA--probably in SC too--I rarely see boats offshore.
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