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Old 12-14-2009, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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Hi everyone...

Im a federal govt employee...and Navy Reserve officer...and a dad of a 3 and 4 year old. I am considering a job move to Key West and wanted to hear from military families who are at Truman or Boca chica.

Whats the family QOL in Key West? I have heard not-so-great things about the schools. can anyone elaborate on that? I have also been told that there is a strong sense of family despite the touristy atmosphere.

housing costs seem to have come down quite a bit...but I understand homeowners ins is astronomical?

I current live on Long Island...so I understand the challenges of a high-priced area.

Please be as honest as you can...we really appreciate any help!! thanks
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:59 AM
 
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Hi everyone...

Im a federal govt employee...and Navy Reserve officer...and a dad of a 3 and 4 year old. I am considering a job move to Key West and wanted to hear from military families who are at Truman or Boca chica.

Whats the family QOL in Key West? I have heard not-so-great things about the schools. can anyone elaborate on that? I have also been told that there is a strong sense of family despite the touristy atmosphere.

housing costs seem to have come down quite a bit...but I understand homeowners ins is astronomical?

I current live on Long Island...so I understand the challenges of a high-priced area.

Please be as honest as you can...we really appreciate any help!! thanks

I have been told that there are not a lot of public beaches, that most the land is privatly owned. That being said, we had Navy friends stationed there for 2 years and they loved it. For the 2 years that is, they were happy to leave but enjoyed their time there. They said boats were cheap and easy to come by and they would go to a sand bar on the weekends and hang out. They did not have kids yet, but did say it wasn't a place to raise a family. This was thier opinion. Good luck.
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Old 12-15-2009, 06:35 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Please be as honest as you can...we really appreciate any help!! thanks
Wow.

I grew up in Miami.

Was stationed in the area (Miami) twice. (60's & 70's)

My parents had friends who lived there in the 40's - 70's. Ironically one moved to Long Island...

I have not been to Key West since 1984.

The military there is pretty tight. My wife and I plan on visiting Miami next year. We want to hit Key West again.

It is a tourist area, plenty of ocean, great boating, sailing scuba diving area. you can escape to Miami. If you like the salt water, sand in your underwear, you will like it. If you have never lived in SW Florida, then I would go for it.

Cost of living there scares me...




Rich
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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Thanks!

I actually spent a few weeks there last year working with the drug enforcement folks. We sorta fell in love with it.

We tried to get a feel for what the locals think...and the impression we got was that after the cruise ships leave at 5pm it is a whole new town.

You're right...the cost of living would be a beast. Tough to find a place that makes long island look cheap :-)
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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I have been told that there are not a lot of public beaches, that most the land is privatly owned. That being said, we had Navy friends stationed there for 2 years and they loved it. For the 2 years that is, they were happy to leave but enjoyed their time there. They said boats were cheap and easy to come by and they would go to a sand bar on the weekends and hang out. They did not have kids yet, but did say it wasn't a place to raise a family. This was thier opinion. Good luck.
true...I believe there is only one beach on Key west and its man made.

Thanks again!
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:09 AM
 
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OP...You will get a lot more info by going to FL forum and searching.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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BTW you will not be impressed with the beaches.
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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Im planning a trip to Key West soon, and im told to be careful about the very end at Key West as there are alot of undesirables that frequent the area. Can anyone confirm this please ?
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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BTW you will not be impressed with the beaches.
True...we've been there before. There is really only one nice beach. We are more interested in the QOL for families with kids.
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Inland Central Florida
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To those of us further inland, it's still astonishing how expensive it is to live there. The saying goes, "The millionaires are mad because the billionaires are forcing them out."

Also, Key West isn't a place that I think I would be comfortable raising kids. Plenty of obsessive sexual and substance abuse behavior happening. Like Mardi Gras, only worse.

Good luck!
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