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Old 12-09-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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Can people in Naples tell me the pros and cons of living in Naples? My husband and I are in our late 40s and enjoy the outdoors (not golfing though). We are hoping to teach in the Naples area and won't be around for the summers. What do you like about Naples, Florida?
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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Can people in Naples tell me the pros and cons of living in Naples? My husband and I are in our late 40s and enjoy the outdoors (not golfing though). We are hoping to teach in the Naples area and won't be around for the summers. What do you like about Naples, Florida?
let's put it this way, the bag boys at the local Publix grocery in Naples all have dentures and grey hair!
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:33 PM
 
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Can people in Naples tell me the pros and cons of living in Naples? My husband and I are in our late 40s and enjoy the outdoors (not golfing though). We are hoping to teach in the Naples area and won't be around for the summers. What do you like about Naples, Florida?

on the pros or cons of living in Naples. My views are well know on this forum. However, since I work for the school district, I say good luck to you. Since last year, all new staff are only given one year contracts. We have been told that unless more Federal money is forthcoming, and we don't want layoffs, we will have our salaries cut to 2007/2008 levels and free benefits eliminated for staff. As of now, medical benefits for a spouse are $400 a month and $700 a month for a family. Who knows what employee benefits will cost or how much family benefits will increase.

The future does not look good right now.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Daytona Beach FL
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The teaching will depend on if it's K-12 or community colleges which are busting at the seams.

East Vs. west, IMO is beach quality. I never liked greenery in my water, and the gulf has always creeped me out, LOL. Grassy or mucky. Sunsets on the West are amazing, but if you're an early bird, East is spiritual for sunrises!

Both coasts can be overly trendy, unless you live inward a bit where people are a bit more real.

In all reality, no matter where you choose, do consider the K-12 MASSIVE budget cuts coming, cost of living (closer to the coast, the more expensive), and size of the city. The more dense, obviously crime will creep in.

Just about ALL of Florida is considered a day trip. So settling on a smaller town on the outskirts really isn't that awful, considering most things/sights/amenities are close by.

I've lived here 41 years and I'm STILL not done exploring.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:11 AM
 
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The pros and cons depend upon your lifestyle and expectations.

Pros:
-Nice weather in the winter.
-There are things to do, but it is not a major cultural center by any means.
-Housing has come down, finally, from the stratosphere.
-Nice beaches
-Every type of restaurant/shopping.

Cons:
-Hot in the summer.
-Insane traffic in the winter.
-School system in constant turmoil
-Non English speaking clerks, although this has vastly improved since the economy tanked.
-Housing is comparatively more expensive than other areas.

Naples is, first and foremost, a wealthy retirement community run by wealthy retirees. The economy and political machine revolve around that and tourism.

If you have no school age kids and are leaving for the summers then I would consider it.
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