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Old 07-23-2009, 08:08 PM
 
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By that I mean, places where there aren't loads of condos, strip malls, and traffic. Older towns, with older homes, a walkable downtown area, quaint not slick or cookie cutter.......like what Key West probably was before the onslaught of tourists.....
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Miami North (Orlando)
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I would look into northern FL - specifically the panhandle. I long for Old FL too, but it's definitely becoming much harder to find. I live in Central FL - I remember when some of our main roads and were cow pastures and fields - and I'm in my late 20's... I dont even know what state (sometimes not even what country) I'm even in sometimes.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
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Am a Native Floridian. Grew up in Miami. Talk about change!

I love downtown Daytona Beach. Aside from a few newer buildings, it's pretty much kept it historical character of old buildings and majestic trees. I can walk, cycle or scooter almost everywhere (except grocery shopping). The riverfront and beach scenery is beautiful.

The newer areas of town and beachfront are not exempt from the same ole Florida development stories. But I love the old downtown.

Here's a photo of Beach Street in Downtown (I think you have to click it to expand it):
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Does "old" Florida still exist??-beachstreet.jpg  
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:07 AM
 
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lake worth
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:08 AM
 
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st. augustine
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:16 AM
 
Location: on an island
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The Panhandle, the Forgotten Coast, Amelia Island
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Winter Park, 32789. There are also older areas of all of the other major cities like Coral Springs, Ybor City and parts of Jacksonville and Gainesville. I also stumbled upon a very charming area of Pensacola when I was up there close to downtown.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:27 AM
 
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Yes,old Florida does still exist in such places as Mt. Dora,St. Augustine,Ocala,Clermont,Lakeland and Winter Haven just to mention a few.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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Yes,old Florida does still exist in such places as Mt. Dora,St. Augustine,Ocala,Clermont,Lakeland and Winter Haven just to mention a few.
Agree with the above ^^^ And add Lake Wales and Micanopy to the mix - utterly charming little towns!
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:25 AM
 
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Thanks - I had forgotten about some of these and will check them out. I went to school at U of M and even since the late 80's I don't recognize most of my old stomping ground.

Now I'll throw out another question - in some of these places are there good private schools in the area?? From what I know about the public school systems in FL - we would probably go the private (hopefully non-religious) route.
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