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Old 05-19-2016, 01:31 PM
 
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Orlando may be the "City Beautiful" but Daytona Beach is the "City Ugly."

"I have swampland in Florida to sell you." Unfortunately, the practice of misleading people unfamiliar with Florida continues. Anyone who lives in Florida is familiar with Daytona Beach's notoriety and it's long history of attracting outlaws, hooligans, and transients.

With a huge coastline and some of the world's best beaches, Florida has many beautiful and peaceful places to enjoy the sun, sand, and ocean. Unless you are coming to the International Speedway, or are enrolled in a local college, you should avoid Daytona Beach completely.

Daytona Beach has an incredibly high crime rate that seems to get worse. Armed robberies, property crimes, and other criminal activity pervade the area. After dark it seems the Beachside area is controlled by the bad guys. It is simply not safe from about 9PM onward. There are chronic problems in the early morning after the bars close at 3AM. There is nothing peaceful or relaxing about the Beachside district at night. Unlike many tourist destinations in the world, there is simply not enough police presence to ensure the safety of tourists. Hotels don't do enough to warn visitors of the dangers outside their doors. One gets the sense that there is a coordinated effort to downplay the dangers and crime problems.

There are no noise nuisance laws. Extremely loud motorcycles and extremely loud automobile sound systems disturb the peace all day and all night. The sound is often loud enough to rattle windows and vibrate buildings. On top of the crime, the loud noise makes Daytona Beach unpleasant and not very relaxing.

The Beachside area is quite ugly. Upon arriving at the Beachside area from the mainland on International Speedway Boulevard, the visitor is greeted by what is perhaps the ugliest welcome in all of Florida. There are empty lots, vacant and unkempt buildings, and trash everywhere. There are no trees, flowering bushes, or attractive vegetation of any kind. The area has a conspicuous absence of the lush green vegetation that Florida is known for. It looks barren and depressing. The beach itself is littered with trash by day's end seemingly every day.

It doesn't take long to be introduced to the palmetto bugs that infest the area. Palmetto bugs are huge, flying cockroaches. The Beachside area suffers from a huge pest problem that includes palmetto bugs, German cockroaches, American cockroaches, mice, rats, and many stray cats. It's common to see buildings and houses covered in tents that fumigate a property with pesticide. The trash everywhere and insecure dumpsters filled with food waste make the problem worse. There seems to be a complete lack of common sense hygiene.

The ugliness of the area is further ruined by the huge presence of transients and troublemakers that are virtually everywhere. It's almost impossible not to see groups of homeless people in all areas of the Beachside tourist area. Some of the transients are aggressive panhandlers, some have dogs without a leash that run towards people, and some annoy passersby by yelling or saying something nasty.

Unless you like dwelling on a war that ended roughly 150 years ago, you won't be able to avoid the huge presence of Confederate or "Dixie" flags. You may see pickup trucks with full size Confederate flags mounted in the back of the truck with "redneck" music blaring. The "rebels" have a very aggressive way of displaying their "Southern" culture. The traditional targets of the Dixie culture like African Americans, Yankees (especially from New England), Jews, Catholics, and generally any "outsiders" should consider how comfortable they will be in this environment. Daytona Beach has earned the nickname, the "Redneck Riviera."

About the only good thing about Daytona Beach is the ocean and the beach itself. However, visitors aren't given sufficient warnings about the deadly rip tides, sharks, and various marine life that one must be aware of to keep safe. The ocean dangers that are also present along other parts of the Florida coast, are compounded by the presence of cars on the beach. Families with small children need to be vigilant about the presence of motor vehicles on the beach. Locals are quite vocal and vociferous about their "rights" to drive on the beach.

People used to fall for the swampland real estate swindle easily. People should be well-informed about the "real" Daytona Beach before they decide to move there. To be blunt, Daytona Beach sucks. There are so many beautiful places in Florida that are as affordable, or even more affordable, as Daytona Beach. Don't pick the "City Ugly."
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Old 05-19-2016, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Florida
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My God what a rant ! "It doesn't take long to be introduced to the palmetto bugs that infest the area. Palmetto bugs are huge, flying cockroaches. The Beachside area suffers from a huge pest problem that includes palmetto bugs, German cockroaches, American cockroaches, mice, rats, and many stray cats."

I'm not sure if you noticed but Florida is a Sub-tropical state ! Are you aware we have Alligators too?

The rest of your post about DB being dangerous is quite comical. What about that 19 year old high school kid from Georgia who got into a bar fight and ran over a guy on his motorcycle in a hit & run ?
If you need safe there's always Mickey .
I think you need a Kleenex !

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Old 05-19-2016, 06:44 PM
 
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Some folks like Walmart and some folks like Armani and Oscar de la Renta. To each his own. Not real fond of Walmart. Sadly, Daytona Beach is in the Walmart category. Spin it any you want.
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Old 05-19-2016, 06:50 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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Many of your complaints would fit many areas of Florida.

I get the impression you moved to Daytona without doing enough homework?
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Old 05-19-2016, 06:56 PM
 
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Knowledge itself is power. I think anybody considering a move to Daytona Beach should know as much as possible about the place and the problems it faces. This site is used by folks researching places to move. The post is intended to help out with the research.
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:45 PM
 
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Many of your complaints would fit many areas of Florida.

I get the impression you moved to Daytona without doing enough homework?
True, but as far as central FL goes, Daytona can be rough. More so than say ormond beach, satellite beach, etc
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous South Florida
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Knowledge itself is power. I think anybody considering a move to Daytona Beach should know as much as possible about the place and the problems it faces. This site is used by folks researching places to move. The post is intended to help out with the research.
If you don't like it here, get the hell out! Why stay in a place that you hate so much? Nobody likes to hear whining and complaining!
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:11 PM
 
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Your approach and vernacular reveals quite a bit about you. You seem like someone from Bridgeport or East Hartford. Perhaps you could try a less confrontational and abusive approach?
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:30 PM
 
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Default Another thread with a similar discussion

Do the rich not see the ugly of Daytona Beach?
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:51 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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Knowledge itself is power. I think anybody considering a move to Daytona Beach should know as much as possible about the place and the problems it faces. This site is used by folks researching places to move.
Certainly agree!
Anyone who spends a night or two there could see it for what it is.
I certainly hope anyone considering moving somewhere spends more than that much time there prior to moving there.
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