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Old Today, 11:34 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Originally Posted by Janeace View Post
Hurricane—that’s it, Florida is off the list.
I hope you realise that hurricanes happen every year. This year is not unusual.

Also Florida is not the oldest state, nor does it have the highest percentage of retirees. [you live in NY, so look North]

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Old Today, 11:38 AM
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Originally Posted by Travelassie View Post
Now, if all you Florida naysayers would each convince a few thousand of your closest friends that Florida really isn't their best go-to retirement or otherwise destination, that'd be great.

There are way too many people moving to Florida, and the unbridled development and overpopulation is ruining the state, in many ways.

So I'm happy to hear when people don't want to move to FL, there ard too many who do.

I had to laugh reading this because if you just change "Florida" to "Arizona" it's exactly what people say about others moving here. I love Florida...in January. lol Dec. and Jan. 1992-93 I was vacationing in Florida and saw a lot of the state between Jacksonville and The Keys. Spent some time in Homestead and it was truly devastated. Saw a lot of hurricane remnants other places as well. Then, going up the Gulf side everything looked great and I was impressed with all the U-pick agriculture...in January!! Made me want to move there but sanity prevailed and I didn't.
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Old Today, 11:52 AM
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Originally Posted by NYgal1542 View Post
I forgot to mention when I was talking about central NY and snow and cold temperatures.

Those who have lived here all of their lives know how to deal with it. It's part of the "charm" of living here. We all know what's coming. Plenty of plows are out doing the roads. Kids enjoy their snow days off. Good hot meals (stews, soups, etc._ and hot cocoa and coffee. We've come a long way in living in this neck of the woods. People helping each other. You get stuck in a snow bank and before you know it you have one or three guys helping to push you out.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess. But I realize that this is where I belong.

I've lived in a few places that had winter weather like that and it really wasn't THAT bad once you got used to it. Inconvenient sometimes, yes, and does get old after a couple of months, yes, but we all survived. Having grown up in AZ and SoCal I wasn't accustomed to that kind of weather, at all but in all the time I lived in those places I rarely ever missed work, only went off the road once on ice and learned how to drive in it!
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Old Today, 12:10 PM
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Originally Posted by Clemencia53 View Post
Does the heat really bother you once you get older? I know older folks that freeze at 80 degrees.

And if you have the funds to be able to retire to Florida, wouldn't you have the fund to evacuate when a hurricane is on the way.

Now whether you don't is up to you.

I've been in one hurricane - wasn't too bad thankfully.

I freeze at 70 degrees. I keep my AC at 79 because coming in from 100+ it feels darn nice.

Not everybody moves to Florida with ample funds. I read about it all the time.

I 'think' I was sort of in one hurricane. Living in Detroit we got a 'warning' but me, not knowing anything about hurricanes, decided to go visit a friend anyway. Well, half way there, when I saw one of those huge commercial trash containers fly across a hiway of 8 lanes of traffic, I went home.

I almost felt like I was in a hurricane here yesterday. We have had a very dry Monsoon season this year...I call it our "Nonsoon"...but I think Mother Nature was making up for it. I haven't seen one like that in a very long time. Rain so heavy I could barely make out the neighbors houses on each side and couldn't see the big hill behind my house at all. Wind so bad I thought it was actually going to tear the trees apart in the back yard. It came down so hard and heavy it has messed up some parts if the rock in my yard and now it's showing mud. It also made a 'ditch' at the end of my driveway right where the street pavement starts. I didn't measure how deep but it's rough getting out now. Need to call the company that did the rock work for me and see if they can do some repairs. I wonder if the city would help with it or they consider it private property and my problem. The weird thing? My place is the ONLY one of the entire street where this happens. I think because it's on a slight slope. Two houses down is a big dip and that thing actually floods and runs crazy.
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Old Today, 12:45 PM
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Originally Posted by tinytrump View Post
Yippee! For me the snow bird affect is horrible - houses sit empty for 6 mo and the folks do not care about schools etc as they are not raising families there. They jack up home prices as they come from where people make much more money, and squawk about any raise in taxes to better the area, plus they want their vote to suit them. It is even more than money- they try to change our culture to the northern frozen attitudes, they have. Please do stay home.
"Our culture" is kind of funny coming from Florida which has the second-lowest rate of population made up by native-born residents in the country, with under 40 percent being native-born to that state. So, if you were wanting to close the barn door.......you are way too late.
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Old Today, 12:50 PM
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I have relatives on the gulf coast of FL and in Miami. I once considered moving to Florida but couldn't do it. The one thing I really dislike is evacuations. When I hear emergency services telling Floridians to go to shelters or move to a more protected area it depresses me. I just can't see myself living in a shelter for even one day let alone an extended period with a bunch of strangers.

I just hate the whole process of queuing to fill up the car, crowded supermarket shopping to get supplies, etc etc.

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Old Today, 01:22 PM
Location: The Outer Limits
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We threw the towel in back in 2016, after 5 years Snowbirds and 3 year long.
Think Hot/humid summers, hurricanes, and the stress that goes with it.
To me Florida will always be a Snowbirds playground; head down for a while in Winter, have your fun, and leave it behind.
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Old Today, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Janeace View Post
Hurricane—that’s it, Florida is off the list. As a New Yorker I’ve always placed Florida on the top of my retirement home search list. In fact I have a another visit to Tampa area already planned in a couple months. But with this major hurricane headed to Florida I can only think living there is too much of a stress and hassle. Time to look for less greener pastures, I guess. Hard to give up the dream. These more frequent and stronger storms I believe are the result of climate change...and I don’t see that issue being addressed. Any advice as to where to move that doesn’t require hurricane shutters, evacuations and weeks with electricity?
Judge Judy and Jay Leno bought properties in Newport, RI. A lot of beaches for a tiny place. Fort Adams ocean walk. Cliff walk.
Moderate and healthy climate.
A walkable and friendly town, plenty of restaurants and things to do- healthcare getting high grades and Boston hospitals/ specialists nearby. Low crime. Plenty of Universities to attend classes if you want.
You can still take a convenient train to NYC for your shopping, arts and visit your friends...
You even can go to FL for 2-3 months out of the year in winter- plenty of monthly rentals there
RI changed a tax law recently for retired people not to be taxed on certain amount- should make up for FL no income tax.
Grocery, shoes and clothing no sales tax

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Old Today, 02:12 PM
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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Originally Posted by gypsychic View Post
So agree, Travelassie, that is why I don't argue and debate those who bring up the "negatives" here (as if there aren't negatives everywhere) Would love to see about half the population leave here.
i'm one of the "negatives," but I don't blame you at all for not wanting to live with overpopulation. Some of the most beautiful countryside in SE PA where I live has been RUINED by developments of horrific McMansions. So sad.
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Old Today, 02:53 PM
Location: Upper Left Hand Corner
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Originally Posted by tijlover View Post
Omitted is the preponderance of insects.
And large constrictor type snakes that took a liking to Florida after being set loose by idiot ex owners. I'd love to garden in Florida if all the creepy negatives were gone, which will never happen. Plus I can't stand heat over the low 70's. So that leaves me out, lol. I don't know how some of the oldsters freeze at 80. I find 80 oppressive, and I'm 71. When I go next door to get my 80 yr old neighbor's dog to walk I nearly die of the heat. He keeps it at 78, and it's horrible. No moving air. I feel sorry for the two animals, but maybe they like it too.
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