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Old 04-17-2021, 07:15 PM   #41
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I have lived in central Florida for 20+ years. There is nothing good about it. Nothing to see here. We are full. Thank you for your interest....now please go away.
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Old 04-18-2021, 05:39 AM   #42
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I have lived in central Florida for 20+ years. There is nothing good about it. Nothing to see here. We are full. Thank you for your interest....now please go away.
It’s no better in SW Florida either.
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I have an older cousin who retired a long time ago. He's a big salt water fisherman who loved Florida in the winters but just could not stand it in summer. So he winters in FL and lives in NJ the other half of the year.
I spent a week in FL in May once and that was already too hot for me!
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Weather and access to Quality Healthcare are the highest on our list. Florida satisfies both of these, especially healthcare, it really is top notch, as long as you do not live in podunk Fla.
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Put me in the camp of having absolutely no interest in Florida, It's hot and humid, crowded, and flat. I want the exact opposite on all of these.
Those and bugs, alligators, storms, floods, sink holes and the dreaded Florida Man/Woman.
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I have lived in central Florida for 20+ years. There is nothing good about it. Nothing to see here. We are full. Thank you for your interest....now please go away.
I can say the same for West Virginia. Plus we get these terrible snow blizzards and you can freeze off um, important body parts.
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The problem being that Florida has only two types of area: Podunk, and Insanely Overcrowded.

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Weather and access to Quality Healthcare are the highest on our list. Florida satisfies both of these, especially healthcare, it really is top notch, as long as you do not live in podunk Fla.
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Those and bugs, alligators, storms, floods, sink holes and the dreaded Florida Man/Woman.
Yeah no more retirees.
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Old 04-18-2021, 04:26 PM   #49
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The problem being that Florida has only two types of area: Podunk, and Insanely Overcrowded.
Depends where you are, we are not so bad up here.

I would say Cheap and Expensive more describes it. Unless you are in South Florida that is, now THAT is crowded.
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I have two BIL's planning or in process of moving to Florida. One just put his house in PA under contract and his new build home in FLA will be done in less than 2 months. The other has 5 years till he retires... but the plan is to move down there.

I, personally, see no reason to give up BETTER weather (no humidity, fewer bugs, no hurricanes) when I have a paid off house 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It might be quite different if I were struggling under a SoCal mortgage.

As others have mentioned - retirement states tend to be based on where you are moving from. I know lots of people who move to Arizona from the western states. But Arizona is another non-starter for a year round home - WAY too hot in the summer. I have family there and will only visit from late October through April. (Although cousins just bought a second house at elevation in Northern AZ... so maybe we'll visit there outside that window)

I'll stay in my Xanadu here in San Diego... I'm like Goldilocks - not too hot, not too cold, not too humid... perfect.
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They’re not, there are 7 states with greater inflows v outflows - AZ, ID, NV, ME, NC, SC, VT then FL at #8.

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We lived in FL for 3 years, we’d never go back to the blue hair state...
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I have lived in central Florida for 20+ years. There is nothing good about it. Nothing to see here. We are full. Thank you for your interest....now please go away.

Yeah, we are about a 90-minute drive west of you, and I feel the same way..........nothing to do or see, so please look elsewhere, thank you.
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Nothing new about moving to Florida. I remember my grandmother's friends moving to Florida when I was about 12 - and my parents discussing it as a possible retirement destination.
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After 17 moves during our working career we retired to central Florida 9 years ago. It is my favorite place of anywhere. We lived in several places in NY, Pa and California. New Hampshire, Arizona, rural Tennessee and so on, yet Florida is my favorite.

The large retirement community where we live is full of active people. Every day during the pandemic I walked and rode my bike, as soon as the pools opened I swam every day. We have a large enclosed lanai where we could read and get fresh air. People met outside spaced to talk, picnic and socialize.

Now that things are getting more normal there are nice beach trips, kayaking and tubing. Bike riding on numerous rails to trails. Traffic is awful in some areas, but rarely too bad here. We often RV for the summer months, as well as to to different areas in Florida to the coasts.

Not perfect but close to it for us. I love it.
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I was stationed at Orlando AFB in the summer of 1965 before I went overseas. I remember bugs everywhere, wicked heat and humidity, and plenty of open spaces. The last time I was in Orlando (a few years ago), all I saw was concrete, buildings and traffic. I didn't recognize anything from my past time there.
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After 17 moves during our working career we retired to central Florida 9 years ago.

The large retirement community where we live is full of active people.
Large Retirement community in Central Florida? Is it The Villages, as that is more North than Central?
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After 35 years in Florida I'm looking to get out soon. Although that won't free up much room for all the people moving down, I'm happy to let someone have my spot.
You have no fears of this Medic moving there.. LOL
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I would hate summers there, and I have hurricane-a-phobia.
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My family has wintered in Fort Lauderdale since the 1940s.

It's not about the weather per se, but the overall lifestyle itself.

There's just something about sitting on an outdoor patio of an expensive restaurant along the Intracoastal, watching a huge yacht drift by (with bikini'd girls sunning themselves) and then getting a call from your neighbor in Boston b*tching about it being 9 degrees and a foot of snow and how he slipped on some ice, yada yada.

And, no. I can't say that the bugs are any worse than what we have in Boston on a hot summer night...at least where we live, I haven't seen a mosquito in maybe 10 years. Sand fleas, yes, roaches, yes but you spray every month for them and, again we haven't had one in our house ever.
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The hurricanes are a menace, and no mistake. No way to sugarcoat it.

As for the seven-month summers, everyone can make up his own mind about whether the other 5 months of spring and fall make up for it. Personally I dislike Florida summers with their endless 88-92 degrees F., but they are less awful (if far longer) than a Maryland midsummer with its 100 degrees temperature and 98 degrees humidity.

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