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Old 05-31-2009, 09:26 PM
 
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Just curious...for those of you who moved to the beach--do you get tired of it? Does it lose its appeal after a while? OR: Do you still love it as much as the day you moved there?
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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We've been here 1 1/2 years now. We love it as much as ever. I wish we'd moved sooner!
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Old 06-01-2009, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Venice Florida
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When we first moved to Florida we bought a home 6 blocks from the beach and were thrilled. After 7 years we moved to live on the water, after 4 years we moved to be back to be near the beach. Been here 4 years. I still love being near the beach as much as ever, but it's easy to take it for granted. The beach is a great stress reliever. One of my neighbors has lived on the street for 25 years and never misses a day at the beach. I wish I could be that regular, but I do get to the beach a lot.
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Old 06-01-2009, 06:26 AM
 
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Just curious...for those of you who moved to the beach--do you get tired of it? Does it lose its appeal after a while? OR: Do you still love it as much as the day you moved there?
I have lived walking distance to the ocean for more then 50 years. It never loses it's appeal. It is a form of nature, you don't have to love it or hate it. I also love green fields and mountains as well. I see the ocean everyday and I will be going bike riding along the ocean in a few minutes. I'll probably lock up the bike and take a walk in the beach and then come back to my office. The beach and ocean has a way of changing, never the same. Storms coming in off the ocean can be spectacular, nature at it's best.

The people are always changing, they come and go. You see and maybe even talk to them everyday for a week, then never see them again, people from all over the world. You can take the boat out for a while on the ocean and drift fish. On a nice day there is nothing like it. You don't have to be rich, I have a beautiful boat I bought at a an auction for $3500.00 and although I keep it in the water, you can trailer it so you have no real extra expense. Water ski or dive what ever. Friends will always want to visit, your home will become the family vacation destination. I don't think no matter how bad your day has been or your mood, a quiet walk on the beach can't make you feel better.

The ocean is something bigger then ones self and just sitting and looking at it puts life in perspective. I think it is healthy. I have never been at the ocean and had the feeling I wanted to run screaming as I have felt in some cities. It's hard to get tired of the ocean. If you are in a crowded resort area I could see you getting tired of the crowds and people but not of the ocean. The ocean is never disappointing, it just does it's thing.

I was going out the door and wanted to come back and add one more thought.
The ocean is a living thing. You can interact with it, it doesn't just sit there. There are so many activities involved with the ocean. I love looking at say mountains in a distance and fields but they are not like the ocean, I can actually get involved with the ocean. It make sounds has moods, is so alive and engaging when you are near it. The ocean is not just something you look at, you experience it. How can you get tired of that?

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Old 06-01-2009, 06:32 AM
 
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I have lived walking distance to the ocean for more then 50 years. It never loses it's appeal. It is a form of nature, you don't have to love it or hate it. I also love green fields and mountains as well. I see the ocean everyday and I will be going bike riding along the ocean in a few minutes. I'll probably lock up the bike and take a walk in the beach and then come back to my office. The beach and ocean has a way of changing, never the same. Storms coming in off the ocean can be spectacular, nature at it's best.

The people are always changing, they come and go. You see and maybe even talk to them everyday for a week, then never see them again, people from all over the world. You can take the boat out for a while on the ocean and drift fish. On a nice day there is nothing like it. You don't have to be rich, I have a beautiful boat I bought at a an auction for $3500.00 and although I keep it in the water, you can trailer it so you have no real extra expense. Water ski or dive what ever. Friends will always want to visit, your home will become the family vacation destination. I don't think no matter how bad your day has been or your mood, a quiet walk on the beach can't make you feel better.

The ocean is something bigger then ones self and just sitting and looking at it puts life in perspective. I think it is healthy. I have never been at the ocean and had the feeling I wanted to run screaming as I have in felt in some cities. It's hard to get tired of the ocean. If you are in a crowded resort area I could see you getting tired of the crowds and people but not of the ocean. The ocean is never disappointing, it just does it's thing.
I agree! The beach is nature at it's best, and is so stress-relieving. Especially here on the Gulf Coast where we have the soft white sand. And one more thing - I am addicted to that salty smell! There is nothing like it - while we don't live on the beach, we are two blocks from the bay so I get to see that everyday when I ride my bike. I am never moving away from the water again. It makes your spirit feel free.
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Old 06-01-2009, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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We rented at the beach a block from the Gulf when we moved here, but when we bought a home, we ended up going about five miles inland. I'm glad we lived where we did for those years; it was great to be able to just walk out the door and have the ocean there. But we wanted a shorter commute to work and we found a community with a lot of amenities that we fell in love with that's only a 10 minute drive from the Gulf, and we ended up there.

And hurricanes were always a concern for us. The area still had damage from Opal when we moved there (one of our neighbors was still fighting his insurance company three years later over his house getting destroyed in the storm) and it was a barrier island and they're inherently kind of iffy when the next storm hits. When Ivan did hit in 2004, our old beach apartment complex had a lot of water in the first floor units, and it took at least a couple of weeks before utilities were restored and the road was dug out and damage was fixed and people could live in our old building again.

Living at the beach long term, you just have to be a lot more Zen about personal belongings than either I or the mister are.
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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I lived near the beach when I first moved to Florida. It was a wonderful experience and I loved every minute. The downside was the salt air and its effect on my car - not major, however. Then I moved inland a bit and after some years, I moved to Weston. But whenever I need to feel renewed, it's off to the beach I go.
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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I lived near the beach when I first moved to Florida. It was a wonderful experience and I loved every minute. The downside was the salt air and its effect on my car - not major, however. Then I moved inland a bit and after some years, I moved to Weston. But whenever I need to feel renewed, it's off to the beach I go.
You won't find any bears at the beach.
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:48 AM
 
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I think this is truly individual. For some it may lose its appeal. I think truthfully it loses some of the draw b/c everything does when you can take it for granted and live on it. We had a pool in our back yard...loved it from day one. Every year we used it less and less b/c life got busier and time wasn't permitting it. However, we still loved having it. Moved away from FL, and now have no pool, and don't miss it one bit. Weird how things change.
I think it really depends on who you are as a person. If the beach is in your blood, you'll probably always love it. I will always love the beach, but never went as often as I could have.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:32 AM
 
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To me, Florida is so hot because its part of Hell.
Living on the beach is the only thing that has allowed me to maintain
and semblance of sanity.
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