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Old 09-14-2017, 07:32 AM
 
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Of course it's a coast. It's just not a nice one.
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:07 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Of course it's a coast. It's just not a nice one.
It boasts some of the best beaches in the country. What exactly constitutes 'not nice', and why do people descend on it in droves in such case?
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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It's a coast in the technical sense but I don't think of it as a coast. (That's not meant as a slight, I just don't think of it as a coast).

It's similar to me being told I'm not boating on Lake Michigan, I'm on Green Bay.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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I vote we start a thread all about narrow minded stereotypes! Oh, wait ......
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:36 AM
 
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I vote we start a thread all about narrow minded stereotypes! Oh, wait ......
That would be The Thread That Ate City-Data.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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It's a coast in the technical sense but I don't think of it as a coast. (That's not meant as a slight, I just don't think of it as a coast).

It's similar to me being told I'm not boating on Lake Michigan, I'm on Green Bay.
What? You lost me.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Brew City
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What? You lost me.
Sorry. It's not that I don't consider the Gulf a coast, it's that I don't think about the Gulf when I think Coast. If someone said let's go to the Coast, I'd say "Which one? East or West? Not that I intentionally think the Gulf isn't a coast.

Green Bay (water part, not the city) was a bad reference.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Sorry. It's not that I don't consider the Gulf a coast, it's that I don't think about the Gulf when I think Coast. If someone said let's go to the Coast, I'd say "Which one? East or West? Not that I intentionally think the Gulf isn't a coast.

Green Bay (water part, not the city) was a bad reference.
That's because you've never lived down here. If you lived in Mobile, you wouldn't say that.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:52 PM
 
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That's because you've never lived down here. If you lived in Mobile, you wouldn't say that.
But I'm sure when folks reference "the coasts" in politics or pop culture, you're aware that they're just talking about the East and West coasts for the most part.
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:01 PM
 
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Living near the Gulf Coast right now, I get the reason that some people think that way (or at least I do). There's a sense of vastness that one gets especially at the Pacific Coast with the noise of the waves crashing against the shore, and the way it impacts climate when you get close. The Atlantic does that too, more in some places than others. The Gulf though? If anything, it almost feels hotter near it. Like the wind just goes still during the summer.
Intellicast - Wave Heights in United States
This chart shows wave heights at various points on the US coasts, and it shows noticeably less wave action along the Gulf than the Atlantic. Heck, even the section of Great Lakes by where I'm at seems to have more waves in many cases than the Gulf does. There are other things that I think reflect that too, like avg. wind speed. Stats generally show it being a few mph faster on avg. than on the Gulf side, and I can attest, as well. Water temperature has a lot to do with how the air feels as well, and while the Atlantic side of FL in the summer does feel like a reasonably well heated pool, the Gulf side feels almost like a hot tub. There's about a 7-8 degree temp difference between the Gulf and Atlantic, which certainly impacts things. This isn't to say there's anything wrong with the Gulf side, just that because it is facing in most likely, that it feels less coastlike than the East Coast of Florida, a direct point of reference.
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