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Old 02-06-2013, 11:36 AM
 
Location: New England
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We are thinking of moving from CT to Florida. I searched your posts, but didn't see any summary of why you dont like Florida.

Can you tell us why you don't like FL? Thanks.



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My wife and I are former lifelong residents who moved to Florida, and for many reasons, are in the process off making a move back to the Northeast in the next few months. If you have read any of my previous posts, you will get my thoughts on Florida, but basically, we really don't care for it here at all. To each his own, I guess. We are, without a doubt, returning to New England. My wife has the oppurtunity of choosing several locations for a transfer, all of which are in New England. We've thought about all of them, Vermont, New Hampshire, Mass, even Maine. We kinda ruled out Rhode Island as she would be going to Providence. Never really cared for that area of Rhode Island, maybe I'm wrong. I've caught glimpses on the web of CT's ongoing battle with budgets, high taxes and gas prices, and lack of jobs. It was the story when we left 3 years ago, but it seems that had been the story for years. Would like to get a feel for what everyone is thinking about the future in CT.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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We are thinking of moving from CT to Florida. I searched your posts, but didn't see any summary of why you dont like Florida.

Can you tell us why you don't like FL? Thanks.
Anyone could reasonably answer your question. I have spent a lot of time in FL myself.

Florida is not a bad state and certainly has its own natural beauty, offering the only subtropical climate and scenery in the U.S. Cost of living is cheaper than CT overall and the worst weather you have to deal with can simply be mitigated by turning on the AC. The political climate is generally moderate, which works well for most people. And the state has a good amount of tolerable diversity.

In general, many people don't like many parts of FL, because it is extremely overdeveloped, congested, and huge portions of the metro areas are ghetto and contain high crime rates. People in general are less educated. You will see many more losers, potheads, airheads, etc. The job market is bad, too. There is no variety in seasons whatsoever, except for autumn in the northern half of the state. Trees will lose their leaves and bud again. So it's not really a one-season state. However, in southeast FL, it is a one-season area. It's summer 24/7 and there's no escaping it. And I even am not a fan of cold weather myself, but I do like to see some sort of seasonal change. Most parts of FL are characterized by cookie-cutter developments, gated communities and chain restaurants, plazas, etc. Many areas look very new, clean and plasticky. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. It just makes it look more bland overall. Florida also has a very mixed culture, so there's not really a unique, defined culture to be proud of or anything. Most of the state is comprised of transplants from all over the nation.

There are some areas in FL, however, that I could recommend to people. Brevard county, St. Lucie county, northern Pinellas and Pasco counties are the more desirable areas to live, with LOW crime rates, GOOD schools and a nicer feel overall.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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nep pretty much summed up the reasons why I was happy to move out of FL. Surely some people enjoy it but it certainly was not my cup of tea.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:40 PM
 
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We are thinking of moving from CT to Florida. I searched your posts, but didn't see any summary of why you dont like Florida.

Can you tell us why you don't like FL? Thanks.
No problem:

1) It's the most monotonous place on earth. Everyday is the same, except a little warmer each day. I know it's hard to hate sunshine and warm weather when it's snowing out, but believe me, it wears on you after a while. I watch the weather and dream of a cool and rainy day just for a change of pace. Nothing ever changes.

2) Endless miles of flat divided pavement cluttered with every store, mall, and chain restaurant you could ever imagine. Forget the old home town diner or hometown pub where all the locals hang out. You could be blindfolded, dropped into five different Florida locations, and not tell one area apart from the rest. It's all the same landscape.

3) People are cold and unfriendly. It's almost as if your a bother to them. Kind of like saying "I didn't move to Florida to make friends with you". It's hard to explain, it's more like an attitude. They never say excuse me or sorry in a store. Forget the drivers, they just as soon drive you off the road into a ditch than go around you. I've lived here 3 years and only met one neighbor. The rest drive by without a wave.

4) No history at all. An old house down here is 1980, not 1780. There's no old farms, old churches, old town halls, families that have lived in the same town for generations. No one has any roots and people are not grounded here as they are in New England.

5) Crime like you have never seen or heard of in your life. I hate watching the news before bed because sometimes I can't sleep after. Florida also has a MAJOR drug problem.

6) Good luck trying to find honest workers, mechanics, salesmen, etc., when you need something done. There here, just hard to find. It like Florida was built on a "get rich quick" infomercial.

I could go on and on but these are a few reasons for us. I didn't want to take up to much room!
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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We are thinking of moving from CT to Florida. I searched your posts, but didn't see any summary of why you dont like Florida.

Can you tell us why you don't like FL? Thanks.
Blakesq

Are you not considering Austin any more? I was just there this past weekend and was reminded what a great town it is...

M
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Blakesq

Are you not considering Austin any more? I was just there this past weekend and was reminded what a great town it is...

M
Lol, sorry to interrupt, but I just wanted to give you my opinion of Austin. I had the opportunity to visit the area and spend some time there back in December, during my cross country road trip. I thought it was a perfectly sized metro area and generally looked very clean. It was more visually appealing and characterful than Dallas or Houston. However, I didn't like how it was a bit too isolated from other metro areas. And I didn't like the whole hipster/liberal vibe at all. I could never live there, even as a gay guy. The place just didn't seem business-minded or "normal." I guess that's why they have that saying, "Keep Austin weird" lol. I just felt like I didn't fit in.

Just wanted to give you my impressions of Austin. But if I had to live in Texas (which I wouldn't want to live in at all), I would probably choose Dallas or Houston over Austin for sure.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:14 PM
 
Location: New England
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we have conflicting wants in our family. I am from TX, wife and mother in law are from CT, 3 year old will be happy wherever we are. MIL prefers florida and California. I want somewhere where we can get a big new house for under $300K, wife also wants a newer house for less money, but leans towards states with nice beaches, like FL, NC, SC, GA, but she also likes Austin. But wife probably will not be happy unless MIL moves with us to help with our child. The prospect of moving is exciting to me, little scary for my wife. So, sometimes, looks like we are staying in CT for the long haul, other times wife hints that she wants a newer bigger house. shrug.

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Blakesq

Are you not considering Austin any more? I was just there this past weekend and was reminded what a great town it is...

M
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:53 AM
 
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we have conflicting wants in our family. I am from TX, wife and mother in law are from CT, 3 year old will be happy wherever we are. MIL prefers florida and California. I want somewhere where we can get a big new house for under $300K, wife also wants a newer house for less money, but leans towards states with nice beaches, like FL, NC, SC, GA, but she also likes Austin. But wife probably will not be happy unless MIL moves with us to help with our child. The prospect of moving is exciting to me, little scary for my wife. So, sometimes, looks like we are staying in CT for the long haul, other times wife hints that she wants a newer bigger house. shrug.
It all comes down to what will make everyone in your immediate family happy. Research all aspects of the areas you are considering (schools, politics, weather, culture, activities, commutes, churches, etc), and spend time in them. It sounds like everyone is willing to move, the question is where. We moved to an upscale town in northeast FL from CT because hubby was very unhappy in his profession and with the cold winters. He's a physician who had his own medical practice in Waterbury for many years, but didn't like the changes in his patient base and the hassles and reduced reimbursements that come with being in medicine today (insurance companies and medicare control the health care system). Our daughter and I didn't want to move, loved our house that we had built, had all our family and friends nearby. Fast forward >2 yrs and we're moving back to CT. Yes, back to higher property taxes, fuel costs, and cold winters.Along with seeing my family, close friends, and 4 seasons.

I found it difficult to make friends in FL, despite joining a book club and ladies church group. The established neighborhoods we moved to had pleasant, but not friendly neighbors. Consider moving into a new development because making friends can be easier, which I know from previous experience and from other friends. Also, having a preschooler makes it easier to meet other families with young children. If you have a job you love, you might think twice about moving away from it. Hubby found out that after running a successful medical practice for 30 yrs, many other doctors don't know how to do the same. But once he became an employee instead of owner, they could run things as they wanted. This impacted our income greatly. The grass is not always greener on the other side.

The OP listed many dislikes about FL, and I agree with the majority of them. I'll add - folks are more narrow minded, there's less diversity in most parts, most of the state is very conservative politically, not as many cultural activities, and no family or close friends. The upside- living at the beach and visiting Disney World frequently were awesome, but couldn't make up for the negatives. Only you know what truly makes you happy!

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Old 02-07-2013, 08:27 AM
 
Location: In a house
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My wife and I are former lifelong residents who moved to Florida, and for many reasons, are in the process off making a move back to the Northeast in the next few months. If you have read any of my previous posts, you will get my thoughts on Florida, but basically, we really don't care for it here at all. To each his own, I guess. We are, without a doubt, returning to New England. My wife has the oppurtunity of choosing several locations for a transfer, all of which are in New England. We've thought about all of them, Vermont, New Hampshire, Mass, even Maine. We kinda ruled out Rhode Island as she would be going to Providence. Never really cared for that area of Rhode Island, maybe I'm wrong. I've caught glimpses on the web of CT's ongoing battle with budgets, high taxes and gas prices, and lack of jobs. It was the story when we left 3 years ago, but it seems that had been the story for years. Would like to get a feel for what everyone is thinking about the future in CT.
Wait a couple weeks til after the storm clears and the damage repair starts. After that, c'mon back up! Pro-tip: get 4WD. Bonus points if you have a hand-crank flashlight and a bicycle-powered generator
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