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Old 07-25-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: SW Pennsylvania
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Even southwest FL seems like its own world. Almost everyone, including the permanent residents and winter vistors, is from the midwest, especially Illinois and Michigan. I know because I lived in southwest FL several years ago. Of course I was a transplant myself but it's so weird to live in area where the majority of the residents are from another part of the country.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Purgatory
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Then I assume you think NYC should be its own state as it's completely different than upstate NY?
No, totally different kettle of fish. The dominant culture in South Florida is quite different (even from anywhere else in the country) - Caribbean/Latin. People already differentiate between NYC and New York state as it is.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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^ that is true about SW Florida since it is populated by many retirees from the midwest. Miami it self was settled by Julia Tuttle in the 1890s who was a widow from Cleveland & was founded by Henry Flagler who was one of the founders of Standard Oil and built his railroad empire along the east coast of Florida. He sold Miami & SE Florida as a resort to wealthy Northerners so Miami always had a "Northern" vibe since its inception. It wasn't until after WW 2 when many vets from the South who were stationed in south Florida returned to live after the War.
As for it being it's own region? It already is but talk of it becoming it's own state has been around for years.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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^ that is true about SW Florida since it is populated by many retirees from the midwest. Miami it self was settled by Julia Tuttle in the 1890s who was a widow from Cleveland & was founded by Henry Flagler who was one of the founders of Standard Oil and built his railroad empire along the east coast of Florida. He sold Miami & SE Florida as a resort to wealthy Northerners so Miami always had a "Northern" vibe since its inception. It wasn't until after WW 2 when many vets from the South who were stationed in south Florida returned to live after the War.
As for it being it's own region? It already is but talk of it becoming it's own state has been around for years.
It would be a small state, but a highly populated one. It might also help avoid idiots like Rick Scott getting elected as governor.

South Florida is VERY different from the rest of Florida, mostly in a good way.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:22 AM
 
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It would be a small state, but a highly populated one. It might also help avoid idiots like Rick Scott getting elected as governor.

South Florida is VERY different from the rest of Florida, mostly in a good way.
Spot on.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:11 AM
 
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After a few years in South Florida, and not enough liquor or prozak in the world to expunge those horrific memories, I would say South Florida is more like a mexican border town than the rest of Florida, but I digress---With Florida being so large geographically, I never met anyone who didnt think Florida was about 5 separate regions anyway---all different than the others. While my own useless opinion is that a fence should be put around West Palm all the way to Miami, the central lake areas and northern St Augustine type places are very nice and desirable. Very different than the SE and SW areas. ITs a given the 'Glades are their own region, also.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:23 AM
 
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After a few years in South Florida, and not enough liquor or prozak in the world to expunge those horrific memories, I would say South Florida is more like a mexican border town than the rest of Florida, but I digress---With Florida being so large geographically, I never met anyone who didnt think Florida was about 5 separate regions anyway---all different than the others. While my own useless opinion is that a fence should be put around West Palm all the way to Miami, the central lake areas and northern St Augustine type places are very nice and desirable. Very different than the SE and SW areas. ITs a given the 'Glades are their own region, also.
Mexican border town? Perhaps you would prefer other areas like central Florida such as portrayed in the Johnny Depp movie "Edward Scisscor Hands". Banal boring suburbs filled with crazy people! At least in Miami if they like you they will chew off your face!
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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While my own useless opinion is that a fence should be put around West Palm all the way to Miami
You said it! You'd fit in perfectly from Central Florida northward.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: N26.03 W80.11
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After a few years in South Florida, and not enough liquor or prozak in the world to expunge those horrific memories, I would say South Florida is more like a mexican border town than the rest of Florida, but I digress---With Florida being so large geographically, I never met anyone who didnt think Florida was about 5 separate regions anyway---all different than the others. While my own useless opinion is that a fence should be put around West Palm all the way to Miami, the central lake areas and northern St Augustine type places are very nice and desirable. Very different than the SE and SW areas. ITs a given the 'Glades are their own region, also.
There are good days and bad days down here for me, but mostly just trying days. Sometimes I absolutely adore living down here, but sometimes I question my sanity for staying for so long. I think that schizophrenic
line of thinking sums up the region pretty well.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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It kind of already, especially Miami-Dade county. It's more like a third world country in some areas.

Most people don't seem to like Miami anyway and is partly noted by the fact that there's been more people leaving the county than moving in for 30 something years. But something that most people seem to think is true and isn't is that Miami has the highest crime rate in the state. It's actually either Orlando or West Palm Beach that have the highest crime rate in the state.

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