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Old 12-20-2009, 01:32 PM
 
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Any cities/areas in Florida where there's more of a liberal/arts community? We love SW Florida for vacations, and would like to relocate but... we're an American-European couple with biracial children, who like the arts and nature.. We're not of the wealthy golf set. Is there a Florida for folks like us? Thanks much.
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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Well, if you like SW FL nature, the beach,and the finer things, Naples should suit you quite well.
Heavy Italian influence.
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:39 PM
 
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Take a look at the Arscht Center and The Broward Center web sites. There are many arts programs here in southern FL. It's not NY but there is performing arts community down here. I sing in the Master Chorale of South Florida.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Miami
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I find that SE Florida is more liberal and accepting than other parts of the state. I would suggest looking into Palm Beach County and Broward County.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:15 AM
 
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Well, if you like SW FL nature, the beach,and the finer things, Naples should suit you quite well.
Heavy Italian influence.
He said he has children and you recommend Naples? Nice town but they would probably be the only kids in Naples!
Southeast Florida is the most liberal part of Florida from Miami to Palm Beach county.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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I agree MiamiRob - I am not sure what the OP means by NYC culture, but I'm leaning toward him thinking of an area where the fact that his children are bi-racial would not matter. I think his absolute best bet would be Miami. I still thing parts of FTL are a little funny. I find Miami to be much more open, but I don't live there so can not base that on fact
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:45 PM
 
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Naples does not have NYC culture. Majority of the transplants/retirees here are from the MidWest. There are not many New Yorkers here. You want the east coast of Florida if you want any "NYC culture".
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Heavy Italian influence in Naples, Florida? What?

Heavy Midwestern influence. Lots and lots of retirees and snowbirds. Shuffle board culture, in other words.

I'm with the others. You'll want to look at the Miami and Palm Beach County areas.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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Any cities/areas in Florida where there's more of a liberal/arts community? We love SW Florida for vacations, and would like to relocate but... we're an American-European couple with biracial children, who like the arts and nature.. We're not of the wealthy golf set. Is there a Florida for folks like us? Thanks much.
As others have suggested, possible parts of Miami or elsewhere on the SE coast. For the Gulf Coast you might try somewhere in the Tampa Bay Area. There are a lot of different cultures and mixed races here, it's always been a melting pot. Try to visit a few cities mentioned and see what appeals to you.
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Florida
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He said he has children and you recommend Naples? Nice town but they would probably be the only kids in Naples!
Southeast Florida is the most liberal part of Florida from Miami to Palm Beach county.
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Naples does not have NYC culture. Majority of the transplants/retirees here are from the MidWest. There are not many New Yorkers here. You want the east coast of Florida if you want any "NYC culture".
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Heavy Italian influence in Naples, Florida? What?

Heavy Midwestern influence. Lots and lots of retirees and snowbirds. Shuffle board culture, in other words.

I'm with the others. You'll want to look at the Miami and Palm Beach County areas.
Naples was built by Italians. Hence the name.
We recently spent a vacation there and enjoyed walking the shops and restaurants, downtown. Plenty of art to behold.
There are midwest snowbirds all over the state. There is no escape.
The OP asked about southWEST Florida, but ya'll can't get Miami/Palm Beach out of your heads.
I realize NY was mentioned in the title, but I was responding more to the "liberal/arts" and culture portion of the post rather than the 'hustle and bustle' aspect that conjures thoughts of Miami, et.al.
And I can't think of any nature trails in the Hollywood/Homestead area
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