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Old 08-28-2011, 07:26 PM
 
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I was born in Pgh. and grew up there and lived there until I moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1984. Fell in love with Florida immediately - loved the hot weather and the beaches. We moved to North Georgia in 2007 when my husband retired - he was tired of hurricanes and Florida had really changed over time. I am now a "halfback" (someone from the North East who moved to Florida and then moved halfway back). We still have long hot summers here in GA which is fine with me. Pittsburgh is a wonderful city but I would never move back there due to the long dreary winters when the sun never shines for 6 mos.

 
Old 08-28-2011, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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The same could be said about FL in regards to the hot and sticky weather that keeps people inside in A/C for months on end.
those people still go outside and don't have seasonal affective disorder like most of the folks who don't see the sun for half the year.
 
Old 08-28-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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In fact theres a few of us who would prefer a cold crisp northern winter to a hot humid Florida summer.
and i for one hope they move up there to experience it.
 
Old 08-28-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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those people still go outside and don't have seasonal affective disorder like most of the folks who don't see the sun for half the year.
? unless they are moving back to the north pole people DO go outside in winter up north! I'd take a crisp 30 degree day up north anytime over 90 degrees and 80 percent humidity day after day..with no relief ever..Honestly, I don't know how you guys do it..I really don't. I am here in North Carolina and I barely go outside except to my car for 4 months a year..down there its 6 +....pure pain...hellish
 
Old 08-28-2011, 11:11 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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those people still go outside and don't have seasonal affective disorder like most of the folks who don't see the sun for half the year.
Are you talking about people who live in Barrow, Alaska?
 
Old 08-28-2011, 11:14 PM
 
Location: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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I moved back to within 50 miles of where i was born and raised. I honestly cant think of anywhere else i would rather live. I didnt know that Ohio was that bad.
Ohio is not that bad at all. Actually Ohio has some great small towns that are safe, family friendly and a great place to raise kids.

But, Ohio has nothing to offer my family. With us loving the ocean and wanting to be outside instead of inside we had to leave Ohio because we were stuck inside for 8-9 months a year.

We are outdoor sport type people who enjoy the ocean, beach, biking, warm weather and everything a southern state has to offer.

I wont go back to Ohio not because we did not like it but because it is too cold for us and has nothing for us that we enjoy.

We have realized a dream moving here. Warm weather, ocean close by, Disney, nature, parks and everything we need is all right here.

If we were to move it would be another location in Florida or a state and city that has a beach close by and the temps do not stay below freezing for 32 straight days like Ohio did last year.
 
Old 08-28-2011, 11:18 PM
 
Location: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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You've mentioned before that you just relocated and are retired, so it's an entirely different situation.



I think it depends on your usage, how well sealed & insulated the home is, if you have a pool and the local rates. However, I agree $400 is awfully high. My electric bill where I am now was $68 in July, but I'm in a very small mobile home. I rented a 1,349 sf 2/2 house last year in Port Charlotte and my July bill was $178 and I kept the a/c set on 82. If your highest bill is only $135, then you must have a well insulated home and keep the a/c on a high setting. However, when I lived in Bonita Springs, I had a neighbor who lived in a small 1/2 duplex whose electric bill was over $200. It's puzzling because I had the same exact unit and never paid more than $70.
Sorry we are not retired as being in our 60's etc. We are in our early 40's and I am retired from working and running a business. That does not mean we do not have other responsibilities like everyone else.

And the DH works full time as a district manager of a large company. We plan our beach visits around his schedule and meet him at the location he is close to. Of course he is his own boss so he can move things around.

We are not 60+ and have 2 young children at home so stop the comparisons to try to prove a point. It wont work.

I will trade my electric and heat bills in Ohio for Florida bills anytime.

We were also told that moving here in July and August would be brutal. So far, not a problem.

Good luck to the OP.

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Old 08-29-2011, 12:16 AM
 
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Are you talking about people who live in Barrow, Alaska?
I know

When I lived in NYC I wasn't used to winter weather(I grew up in South America) and for me rain meant "chilly, wear a sweater" and sunny meant "Hot, forget the sweater". So I would see this shiny sun through my window and totally forget I had to wear my coat. I would open the door and get this nice 20 degree wind gust.

Of course the sun shines up there
 
Old 08-29-2011, 02:35 AM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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But, Ohio has nothing to offer my family. With us loving the ocean and wanting to be outside instead of inside we had to leave Ohio because we were stuck inside for 8-9 months a year.

We are outdoor sport type people who enjoy the ocean, beach, biking, warm weather and everything a southern state has to offer.
Well, I'm honestly very happy for you. However, you must be "outdoor sport type people" who only like hot, humid weather. Most people who enjoy the outdoors don't stay inside for 8-9 months. There are a lot of winter sports like skating, skiing, sledding and, of course, building a snowman.

But seriously, it is 4 in the morning and I can't get cool enough. I just turned on the Weather Channel. It's 82 degrees, heat index is 90, dew point 80, and 95% humidity. (just reporting what I saw) So I don't understand why you need to continually write that the weather in Florida isn't hot & humid. I rarely see this type of silly discussion anywhere but on the Florida forums. I mean, it's like saying it doesn't snow a lot in North Dakota.

By the way, I've never written that I hate Florida. I moved here to get away from the cold weather too. Why would I still be here? I just can't tell people it isn't hot & humid for several months.

Sorry about the misunderstanding regarding your age. My mistake.
 
Old 08-29-2011, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Are you talking about people who live in Barrow, Alaska?
Totally. I mean you hit the nail on the head with that one. Good work.
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