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Old 04-20-2010, 10:44 PM
Location: Boston
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I'm on my vacation to Florida again.
I just arrived yesterday...ah...the happiness my body and soul felt as I saw the heavenly beauty....it strengthened my faith since it became even more obvious God still loves us and wants to give us a little heaven on earth too.Now my battle begins once again, the battle of trying to persuade my parents to go Tampa while we are here and apply for a job.....when I think of going back to Boston it kills me a little inside.The thought that summer is coming up there too comforts me a little, but it's still going to be ugly...the landscape,trees and even the air also seem to be ridiculously better in Florida.
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:02 PM
Location: Prescott Valley, Az (unfortunately still here)
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Originally Posted by AliveandWell View Post
One of the things that I really noticed on my brief visit to Florida was that I just felt that people are nicer than compared to Los Angeles where I currently live, although it depends on what part of Florida you are in. People in Florida seem to be more interested to talk to you and know more about you. I was having breakfast one morning in this place called the Waffle House in Sarasota and one of the waitresses started a conversation with me and asked me where I was from and a bunch of other questions. This has never really happened to me here in CA because over where I am, YOU have to usually be the one to try and start a conversation. I guess the South really IS different.
That never happens anywhere here in the southwest. I've been to Florida about 5 times and I loved it. Waiters/waitresses did the same thing too in all the restuarants I had been in and also some bars too the bartenders were so nice (at one place I got 2 drinks from the bartender himself; on the house!!). Can't get that anywhere here in the southwest. I can't wait to move to Florida next year.
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:17 PM
Location: Niceville, FL
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Originally Posted by fromspaintousa View Post
dj1990, now that you mention tv channels, can i get to see channels from Spain? Telemundo is from Mexico, I think.
I looked up satellite provider Directv's Spanish language programming, and in addition to about 12 different Mexico-based channels, the Cartoon Network in Espanol, and a channel solely devoted to telenovelas, they also have:

Television Española (TVE) Internacional

TVE ofrece una mezcla diversa de programas de concursos, de deportes, dedicados a las artes y educativos. Además series noveladas, películas y los mejores noticieros, todo directamente desde España. ¡Una alternativa única para los hispanohablantes que residen en EE.UU.!

Looks like they also get some Spanish teams on the football channels.

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Old 04-23-2010, 05:31 AM
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Originally Posted by fromspaintousa View Post
thank you so much for replying! I keep reading and reading this forum and never have enough, although I see many contradictions regarding certain areas in Florida, it's only logical "one man's meat is another's man poison" right?
I know I have to make a exploratory visit 1st and see everything by myself but Florida is big indeed and I must know at least which places to visit and which not. Sarasota is already added to my list of places to visit.

gypsychic, do your Belgian friends like Cortez (Manatee County) for any particular reason?

My husband and I work on the internet: web designing and translations, we do not need to look for a job, which is an advantage these days. We are also about to sell our house for 260 000 euros here in Spain.
With such characteristics and having that amount to invest in a nice home near the beach in Florida in a safe area with good kindergarden and elementary schools, what places do you recommend me to check?
I do not want my child to lose his Spanish so I was thinking in maybe a bilingual school.

I would also recommend the Sarasota area. Sarasota county has one of the best school systems in the state of Florida. It also has Pine View School for the Gifted, which was ranked the top school in Florida and one of the top schools in the Nation. It is a public school and the requirements are that you live in Sarasota county, have an IQ of 130 or more, pass the achievement tests required and have teacher recommendations. I have two children that attend PV and we are more than pleased with the school. It services grades 2nd-12th. Here's some more info on that subject:
Welcome to Pine View School
Pine View School - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Public Elites - Newsweek.com
Pine View wraps up perfect Olympics | HeraldTribune.com | Sarasota Florida | Southwest Florida's Information Leader
America's Best High Schools: Gold Medal List - US News and World Report

There are many other fantastic school in Sarasota county. Here's a website where you can see how the schools are rated:
School Accountability Report...
or www.GreatSchools.com

Alright, if I were checking out schools other than Pine View these are the schools that I would look into, in order.

Southside services most of the downtown area south of Main St. North of Main would be mostly Booker school district. The Palmer Ranch area is mostly Ashton school district. There are other schools in the area but these are ones that I have either had personal experience with or I have friends that have kids in the schools.

Sarasota ranks as one of the top districts in the state by a number of measures, including test scores, graduation rates and teacher compensation.

It offers distinctive programs tailored to different student needs, including Florida's only school for the gifted, the state's largest special needs school and one of a handful of career-focused high schools.

There's always something going on in the downtown Sarasota area. Southside Village, which is the area west of US 41 and just of Main St and north of Siesta Dr. It's also close to the hospital. Right over the bridge is Siesta Key Beach or if you go over the John Ringling Bridge you have Lido Beach. Southside Elementary School is the districted school for Southside Village. You can look up what people have to say about Southside on these to websites: School Accountability Report... or www.greatschools.com The only problem is that nothing comes up when you search under SouthSide village because it's kind of a locally used term for that area but in the MLS they have that area broken down into a ton of little subdivisions. I'll list some here so you can look through and see what you find. If you have a little one I would suggest visiting The Children's Garden in downtown Sarasota. It's a really cool whimsical place for the little ones that is within walking distance of the downtown area. My five year old loves it there. Also, GWIZ,Mote Marine, Selby Gardens, Jungle Gardens are all within minutes of downtown. Every Saturday they have the downtown Farmers Market. Then there's the Hollywood20 Movie theater and The Burns Court Cinema, which has some really cool foreign films. Burns Court and Towles Court are neat little villages that are great to spend the afternoon catching a bite to eat or doing a little shopping. Selby Libraryis a fantastic library right in the heart of downtown. A great little organic grocery store is Morton's Gourmet Market, Southside Village, Sarasota, Florida. Marina Jack’s is always great for an afternoon out with the kids, a picnic under the trees or a leisurely walk by the bay Welcome to Marina Jack.

Some of the downtown neighborhoods are:
The neighborhoods are:
Hyde Park
Hartland Park
Poinsettia Park
Floyd & Cameron
Riverwood Park
Laurel Park
McClellan Park
Oyster Bay Estates
Bungalow Hill
Aqualane Estates
Graham Heights
Burns Court
Cherokee Park
Badger Heights
Paradise Shores
San Remo Estates
Harbor Acres
Mandarin Park
Morton Terrace

Most of the above are known as a whole as the Southside Village neighborhood. I listed a few that are on the fringe of that area. Here's some more info on the downtown area:

Sarasota Florida Downtown | Shops Downtown, Sarasota Hotel | Downtown Restaurant | Sarasota Rental
Downtown Merchants Association of Sarasota
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