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Seeking positive aspects of living in Florida, what do people like most about life in Florida, quality of life in Florida, fond memories of Florida

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Old 12-12-2006, 04:30 PM
 
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1) Most appealing when I moved here: loved the weather, the manatees, the gators and the relaxed atmosphere.

2) What do I like most about the weather in FL? We only have two seasons! It's hot or rainy...no snow!

3) What change would have the biggest impact? Growth management and an overhaul of the education system really need to be considered for FL to have a positive, continuing appeal.
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:03 AM
 
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Well - I just HAVE to jump in, here.

I am a rare breed indeed. I am actually a Florida native. Few and far between are we! Born in the panhandle as a Navy brat 48 years ago, I have seen Florida change ALOT. Haven't spent my entire life here, so I have other areas to compare it to.

I have been living in South Florida for 16 years. I absolutely love it here. There are positives and negatives everywhere you go, and among the negatives I sense many sour grapes. There are also those who just prefer different things than Florida has to offer.

Most magical - coral reefs...a thunderstorm over the ocean...the sound of crickets in the evening...the sound of cicadas in the summer...fantastic variety of birds (wood storks, ibis, hawks, osprey, eagles, cardinals, blue jays, finches, hummingbirds, seagulls, pelicans, frigate birds, herons, cranes....the list goes on and on)...

Weather - I disagree there are only 2 seasons. Our seasons are more subtle than elsewhere, but there are definite changes specific to the time of year. And we did already have snow in Orlando this fall! LOL!

What I like about the weather are the days in the winter when I can open the windows!

Change? Pretty much agree about the growth!
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Old 12-14-2006, 03:03 PM
 
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1-most appealing: how vibrant and alive everything seemed to be. all the different people and cultures. how it seemed like a different world (I lived in Miami first).

2-weather? winter and spring. the ability to be outside year round (albeit during the summer mainly early morning and late afternoon).

3-change? education system, overcrowding, shallowness of the people, lack of community, great quality of life only for the wealthy, etc.
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Old 12-14-2006, 04:10 PM
 
Location: north port florida
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Ok yeah I know this is lame. But I want a thread aimed at the spirt of the holidays, whilst interlacing good, positive vibes about Florida. Ok I'm a little biased since I now own a home in Central Florida, but I'd like focus on that area if possible. Don't get me wrong it's totally a free country, please chip in from anywhere in the state.

As an aside, (I know some of you pessmistic, and certainly rightfully so given current destabilization of the insurance presence in Florida and the escalating property tax dilemma are going to want to respond in this forum because it is very inviting). I don't want to talk about those things here. I want to delve deep and think positive things. Come on, that may mean dusting off the shelf in the garage or the chest in the spare room.

I'm just gonna ask three hypothetical questions, anyone with fond memories and aspirations, please let me know your take on them.

1) When you first moved to Florida what did find most appealing to the area at that time (or for you guys who have lived there all your lives, what is the first, if any, real memory you have of the area)? Remember, save the negative rebuttals for another thread please.

2) What do you most like about the weather in Florida (ok this allows a little freedom for negativity because I am guessing some negatives coincide with other people's positives, if that makes sense)

3) What single change would have the biggest impact in Florida (particularly Central again)? I'll put some down but please ad lib on this one. Try to stay positive here but I understand the balance could easily go either way at this point in time.
ROSES IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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