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Unread 07-28-2008, 11:14 PM
 
Location: NW RI
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There are a few things here that resonated with me.

#1 - Quality of life on LI really IS not what is used to be. I left the east end about 13 years ago and now there are SHOOTINGS there? Every time we come back there are more strip malls. It's like Queens and Brooklyn are spreading out to the island. Eventually all of LI will simply be a big Brooklyn - I love Brooklyn, but I think it should stay where it is!

#2 - Once you leave you can't come back. SO true. You'll never make enough money to get back in.

#3 - The sense of entitlement - I absolutely grew up with that. But it causes you to miss out on the things that life gives that are worth paying attention to. The little things. You're always looking for bigger, better and you want it now! I'm JUST getting over that! It involves slowing down and just appreciating what is there before you.

#4 - LI Beaches are still the best in the country. Hands down. I'm not actually sure if anyone said that, but now I did.

The End.
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Unread 07-29-2008, 06:40 PM
 
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Long Island beaches are the best in the country????? Only if you can afford a private beach in the Hamptons.

Otherwise, you have to put up with long lines of trafficto get in....pay excessive parking fees. walk a half mile carrying all your gear to the actual sand, then try to find your little piece to put down your blanket down and hope that the kids don't run by too fast and get sand all over you. Then if you do decide to get in the brown ocean...the water if usually too cold untill the end of August. Doesn't sound too appealing to me and I have done it for years!

Have you been to the beautiful, white sandy beaches off the coast here in North Carolina? You can park almost on the beach, the water is blue-green and you can actualy swim because the water is gorgeous!!!!

North Carolina beaches have a definite edge over the beaches on Long Island.

Just my opinion.
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Unread 07-29-2008, 09:12 PM
 
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Have you ever been to the Florida panhandle? Destin, Ft Walton...the best beaches in the country hands down. White sand for miles, crystal clear water. You won't believe how clear the water is. You'll think you are in the Caribbean. Just do a google search for Destin beaches and you'll see what I mean.
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Unread 07-30-2008, 07:18 AM
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Location: Inis Fada
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ABC News: Top 10 US Beaches (http://abcnews.go.com/us/popup?id=3258424&contentIndex=1&page=1&start=false - broken link)

2008 list of Top 10 US Beaches as per Dr. Beach and broadcast on ABC News.

LI has 2 of them. Not too shabby
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Unread 07-30-2008, 07:42 AM
 
Location: where my heart is
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I cried when I had to move from LI to Florida. It wasn't a choice (job) to come here. In the 20 years I lived on LI and raised my family, I went to the beach maybe 5 times. I don't like the beach. I didn't in NY and still don't in Florida. I HATE the summer, which I now have 12 months a year. I miss the 4 seasons terribly. Yes, even driving 2 hours in a snowstorm to go 10 miles. I would rather do that than fry on a beach, or for that matter, fry just WALKING around outside here in 100+ heat index MONTHS on end.

I want to go HOME. Long Island is my home and always will be.
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Unread 07-30-2008, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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ABC News: Top 10 US Beaches (http://abcnews.go.com/us/popup?id=3258424&contentIndex=1&page=1&start=false - broken link)

2008 list of Top 10 US Beaches as per Dr. Beach and broadcast on ABC News.

LI has 2 of them. Not too shabby
Hamptons? Lame...never even heard of either of them! Gilgo Beach is where it's at!
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Unread 07-30-2008, 08:00 AM
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I haven't been to Gilgo in a very long time.
Cedar Beach is a good one, too.
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Unread 07-30-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Little Babylon
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Have you been to the beautiful, white sandy beaches off the coast here in North Carolina? You can park almost on the beach, the water is blue-green and you can actualy swim because the water is gorgeous!!!!

North Carolina beaches have a definite edge over the beaches on Long Island.

Just my opinion.
Not sure if they're better in NC but we've been to them as early as April (Corolla Light) and late as October for sunning and swimming (Atlantic Beach), so that gets them a few bonus points. Personally I prefer the type of sand that Fire Island has compared to NC and VA, and I like that there aren't rental properties or hotels surrounding the beaches of LI. I will admit that it was nice to rent a place on the beach in NC and also to stay at a hotel overlooking the beach at Virginia Beach, but I still miss my beaches on LI.
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Unread 07-30-2008, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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I haven't been to Gilgo in a very long time.
Cedar Beach is a good one, too.
Yup, definitely. Great car show on Saturday evenings. I prefer the bar at Gilgo so that gives it a little edge as far as I'm concerned
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Unread 07-30-2008, 01:49 PM
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Location: Inis Fada
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Yup, definitely. Great car show on Saturday evenings. I prefer the bar at Gilgo so that gives it a little edge as far as I'm concerned
I have been to the car show at Cedar, but it was about 2 summers ago. Perfect night, just the right amount of breeze to keep bugs at bay and just enough clouds in the upper atmosphere to make for a spectacular, colorful sunset. I had an alcoholic blender drink that night -- did they do away with the bar at the Pavilion?
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