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Old 06-15-2015, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Actually you can build basements in Florida since I have been to a house that has one! It smelled like a death chamber!
The Port of Miami tunnel was built 130 feet under water for a 1 mile tunnel.
Although they are not that common, they have walk out basements which are above ground.

 
Old 06-15-2015, 03:20 PM
 
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In addition to unique biodiversity on land, FL has the only living coral reef in the lowest 48 (also considered 3rd longest barrier reef in the world), it is the fishing capital of the world, as well as one of the best (if not the best) ship wreck diving locations out there, considering you can dive such sites as the USS Oriskany (largest artificial reef in the world and popularly known as the 'Great Carrier Reef'), USNS Vandenberg, USS Spiegel Grove in the Keys and more.

In short, when it comes to marine tropical biodiversity, only HI is comparable..
 
Old 06-15-2015, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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In addition to unique biodiversity on land, FL has the only living coral reef in the lowest 48 (also considered 3rd longest barrier reef in the world), it is the fishing capital of the world, as well as one of the best (if not the best) ship wreck diving locations out there, considering you can dive such sites as the USS Oriskany (largest artificial reef in the world and popularly known as the 'Great Carrier Reef'), USNS Vandenberg, USS Spiegel Grove in the Keys and more.

In short, when it comes to marine tropical biodiversity, only HI is comparable..
All true. But that doesn't necessarily make it any more unique than any other state.
 
Old 06-16-2015, 07:42 AM
 
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All true. But that doesn't necessarily make it any more unique than any other state.
Really? Do you know of another state with 200 miles of continuous reef (6,000 individual reefs in the system)?

Wait, that's not unique because FL does not have mountains.
 
Old 06-16-2015, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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FL is definitely unique, but I think Alaska may be the most unique state. Isolated, culturally far different, and a mindset of where only those who really want to be there go or stay.
 
Old 06-16-2015, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Portions of South Florida might be climatically unique (as you get further north it isn't too different from the coastal South in general). However, culturally speaking, aside from Miami's huge Cuban/Latin American influence, it's probably one of the least unique states. Over half the state is from somewhere else, or had parents from somewhere else, giving it that same sort of "anywhere USA" vibe you get in Nevada and Arizona. It also leads to a distinct lack of history vibe (outside of a few enclaves) and is part of why there are so few local businesses down there (hard to pass down a family restaurant if your family is just getting established.
 
Old 06-16-2015, 10:46 AM
 
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Portions of South Florida might be climatically unique (as you get further north it isn't too different from the coastal South in general). However, culturally speaking, aside from Miami's huge Cuban/Latin American influence, it's probably one of the least unique states. Over half the state is from somewhere else, or had parents from somewhere else, giving it that same sort of "anywhere USA" vibe you get in Nevada and Arizona. It also leads to a distinct lack of history vibe (outside of a few enclaves) and is part of why there are so few local businesses down there (hard to pass down a family restaurant if your family is just getting established.
You get the same vibe everywhere in the US (it's a melting pot).

As for lack of distinct history vibe, check St Augustine (that's probably the most unusual place in the US with lots of history, takes you back in time). Also, the majority of the first expeditions to the new world landed in FL.

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Old 06-16-2015, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Really? Do you know of another state with 200 miles of continuous reef (6,000 individual reefs in the system)?

Wait, that's not unique because FL does not have mountains.
California has the lowest point in the U.S. and the highest, at least in the contiguous United States. It also has some of the oldest and tallest trees.

I'm sure every state has something unique about it, and therefore there most likely isn't just one unique state.
 
Old 06-16-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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You get the same vibe everywhere in the US (it's a melting pot).
I respectfully disagree. A lot of cities have their own vernacular historic architecture, their own signature food, their own local chains, their own accents, etc. Most of Florida just seems to be relatively bland along all of these measures.

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As for lack of distinct history vibe, check St Augustine (that's probably the most unusual place in the US with lots of history, takes you back in time). Also, the majority of the first expeditions to the new world landed in FL.
I wasn't saying there was no history, just comparably little. South Florida was virtually uninhabited up until 100 years ago after all.
 
Old 06-16-2015, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Its the buggiest, swampiest, flattest, most humid state Ive ever visited. Go Florida! wooohooo
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