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Old 09-24-2018, 10:46 AM
Location: Orlando area, FL
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Originally Posted by UrbanGenious25 View Post
Move to Orlando!!
The OP said he does not need bars, places to go out etc. All he wants is the beach and palm trees. Having it narrowed down to this, he should research and look at places on both FL coasts.

If you like night life, festivals, cultural diversity, Disney parks, socializing, going out, you should definitely give Orlando a thought and check it out. I love it!

If the beach is your #1 priority, you should pick a place on one of the coasts.
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Old 09-25-2018, 06:19 PM
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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The Ormond Beach area would meet your criteria. Almost all of beachside is walking distance to the beach. If you go as far north as Ormond-by-the-sea the beach is mostly visited by residents. Away from the parks, there is very little public parking on A1A. Before Hurricane Matthew there was a lot more public parking on the oceanside of A1A but the dunes have been severely damaged by Matthew and Irma and now almost the entire length of what was public parking is now no parking. Ormond-by-the-sea is a quiet beach area.

The most common palms in this area are the native palmates - sabal palm and palmmetto. You will see lots of royal and phoenix palms lining major streets, commercial strips, freeway off ramps and in yards. Miniature date palms and lady palms are popular by front doors because of their small scale, Bismark palms are popular because of of the gray blue color. You can buy quite a variety of palms at Lowe's, Home Depot or a local garden center. We are too far north for coconut palms which don't grow farther north than Brevard county. Coconut palms are dying of yellowing so they aren't something that should be grown until they figure out how to stop the yellowing.

You can grow cycads such as king sago palm but there is a scale that can kill them and the scale is a pain to control. Ponytail palm (another plant which isn't really a palm) which looks like something out of the Flinstones also grows here. Leu Gardens in Orlano has some bottle palms and a few other exotic palms I haven't noticed in this area. You can figure stuff native to Madagascar is iffy here. Most palms do fine palms here. I have about 27 palms in my yard but as far as I can tell they are mostly sable palms.
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Old 09-26-2018, 06:33 PM
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I Visited Bredenton and it was lovely. Nice and quiet town with friendly people.
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Old 01-29-2019, 08:56 AM
Location: Clearwater FL
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I am partial to the Tampa Bay area. It is growing and yet still affordable. I love the Clearwater area , as it it centrally located with easy access to airports, beaches and the city of Tampa
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