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Old 12-03-2007, 11:25 PM
 
Location: 05 to present Venice, Fla 91-05 Manchester, NH
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Hey Paradiddle, I noticed you mentioned going four wheeling (ATV's) as a popular activity. We are moving down soon and this is something my son is just starting to get in to. Are there areas open to the public down there for this or are most of these kids just using the open space around them. Also, what areas would you recommend to take the kids fishing? We will be moving down in the next 30 days and are looking forward to enjoying the activities you mentioned, right now we are having 50 mph windgust with windchill at -3 degrees, fun, fun!
This is what I found...I don't off-road myself but hear of a lot of people that do.

North Port Off-Road

NPORA Home

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pb...NEWS/606190378

Northport Mountain Bike Trail in Florida

Fishing - I don't fish either but Venice Fishing pier. I was riding my motorcycle
Sunday and stopped at Manasota Beach Bridge and there were some people fishing there also. I don't think you can fish off any bridges though. Of course this is boat country so you can fish all you want. I worked with 2 guys that had to fish every night.... They even have tournaments and it's well know for Tarpon.... and hammerhead sharks (way out in the gulf).
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:39 PM
 
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Thanks Paradiddle, this definitely gets us in the right direction!
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Old 12-07-2007, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Southwest Florida
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Default Fishing Piers in the area .

There are lot's of fishing piers in the North port area , within a half hour drive . The Adams bridge going to Manasota Key , from Englewood , has a pier beside it . Placida , by the Boca Grande bridge area has two fishing peirs . The Venice pier , by the airport . Also the Venice Jetty is very popular . Nokomis Jetty is the opposite side . The El Jobean pier on the Myakka River is very popular . Many boat launches also .
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Old 12-08-2007, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I wanted to start a thread for all of us out there truly contemplating a move to the NP, Venice, Sarasota, Englewood SWFL area who are searching for real information about the area that is positive.

I know there are those negatives out there...as we've all looked on those threads. I would like to keep this one to those who like living there, and can give real information regarding the following things. It will help the ppl relocating, instead of trying to scare them.

1. Would NP be a decent area (knowing the economy will bounce back eventually) to choose to live if you LOVE SWFL? I believe it will, the amount of commercial development coming to the area is amazing.

2. What are the best activities for singles, young couples and children in the Venice area? Beach, Boating, YMCA, Biking...

3. How many of you who live there commute to Sarasota for work, but live in other parts of the county?No me.

4. What do you like most about living in SWFL?The weather, access to the water, weather, weather, ...

5. What keeps you in SWFL? vs. moving to another part of FL or out of the state completely?I have lived here for 35 of my 42 years and have no desire to live anywhere else.

6. How active is the boating community in the Sarasota County area?Lets see, last week I boating and fished Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition yesterday I was out in the kayak for a few hours and later today we will be going to the Sarasota Boat Parade by boat. The boating community is OUTSTANDING!

7. Would NP be a good place to start a new business..since I know there is a great need for some things there.There are quite a few whom have started businesses in the area that are doing well, others are not. It is typical of the entire West and SW Florida region.

Any positive info is greatly appreciated.

I do know there are risks to moving there right now, and I'm aware of the Job Market...thus, no need to post here with all the warnings!

Thanks!!
I hope the above helps. If you have any specific boating questions let me know. Jeff
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Old 12-17-2007, 08:45 AM
 
Location: North Port, FL
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1. North Port, FL is a decent area to live. Nice people, clean city, new schools and lots of commercial development.

2. Beach activitis, boating, Ymca, great new parks and recreation sites, ocasionally drive to Sarasota for more.

3. I've being commuting to Sarasota, FL daily for 8 years, the drive is not bad. After a month of driving there you'll be on auto pilot. (Easy access to I-75 from anywere in the City)

4. The weather and the people, and most of all the school system. Quiet and peacefull.

5. Less traffic, better schools, business opportunity with less competition.

6. Very active, specially in North Port, since you are only a few miles from Punta Gorda, FL, and Port Charlotte Harbour.

7. The area has grown to over 51,000, and commercial development is in it;'s infancy. There are a lot of opportunities, however it all depends on the type of business, if you are providing a service, be willing to target the surrounding cities as well, like Englewood, Venice, Port Charlotte, and even Sarasota.

I hope this answers were helpful
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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I've been in the North Port, Port Charlotte area for 2 years now and I can tell you that it is a relief to be here rather than some of the other larger cities in Florida. I've lived in Jacksonville, Tampa and St. Petersburg. All have their pluses, but I think this quiet little area of North Port/ Port Charlotte has them beat in many ways.
1. Traffic is a non-issue. You can live in a great area near your work and have a 10 minute commute! Everything is close by, and the neighborhoods are generally safe.
2. If you have a boat, don't worry about a line of people in front of you when your wanting to use a public boat ramp. We have plenty of them, plus, many of the people who use the waterways don't have to use the ramps cause they have their own boat dock in their backyard!
3. Tons of water for fishing, boating and playing on the water. You don't have to worry about boaters being on top of you. Lots of space.
4. The community in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda are both still recovering from the 2004 Hurricane and this market downturn has slowed things down, but there big plans to make Punta Gorda a big- time cool city. The organization is there and there is lots of community interest in carefully controlling the development so that we end up with a premier city. It's fun to watch the development take place. Everytime I go through Punta Gorda, I am pleasantly surprised!
5. Compared to Tampa, St. Pete and Jacksonville, the Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda area is really safe. I feel comfortable walking down the streets at night and not worry about being mugged. It just doesn't happen 'round here.
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Old 12-17-2007, 08:17 PM
 
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I've been in the North Port, Port Charlotte area for 2 years now and I can tell you that it is a relief to be here rather than some of the other larger cities in Florida. I've lived in Jacksonville, Tampa and St. Petersburg. All have their pluses, but I think this quiet little area of North Port/ Port Charlotte has them beat in many ways.
1. Traffic is a non-issue. You can live in a great area near your work and have a 10 minute commute! Everything is close by, and the neighborhoods are generally safe.
2. If you have a boat, don't worry about a line of people in front of you when your wanting to use a public boat ramp. We have plenty of them, plus, many of the people who use the waterways don't have to use the ramps cause they have their own boat dock in their backyard!
3. Tons of water for fishing, boating and playing on the water. You don't have to worry about boaters being on top of you. Lots of space.
4. The community in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda are both still recovering from the 2004 Hurricane and this market downturn has slowed things down, but there big plans to make Punta Gorda a big- time cool city. The organization is there and there is lots of community interest in carefully controlling the development so that we end up with a premier city. It's fun to watch the development take place. Everytime I go through Punta Gorda, I am pleasantly surprised!
5. Compared to Tampa, St. Pete and Jacksonville, the Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda area is really safe. I feel comfortable walking down the streets at night and not worry about being mugged. It just doesn't happen 'round here.
Have they come closer to finishing the shopping area in the historic area? I am curious to know what stores are going in there.
When we left there were no word of stores but just vacancies.

After living in PG though, I don't get the feeling the residents want it to be a big time city. Most we knew wanted it to stay on the smaller size. That was actually why we lived there & my husband communted to FT Myers. I preferred all the big box stores & chain restuarants to stay in PC or travel to FT Myers. They do need a few more restaurants though on the PGI side though

PG is definitely for a certain type of person. If one is a boater & has the time, I am sure it can be a great place to live.
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Long Island, N.Y.
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How's the realestate in Nokomis,fl....
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Old 12-18-2007, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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How's the realestate in Nokomis,fl....
242 active listings in Nokomis, 5 pending and 18 sold from Sept 18-Dec 18, 2007. These are only stats from the MLS. I don't have any way of tracking for sale by owners.
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Old 12-18-2007, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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242 active listings in Nokomis, 5 pending and 18 sold from Sept 18-Dec 18, 2007. These are only stats from the MLS. I don't have any way of tracking for sale by owners.
They can check the Property sales in their respective Property Appraiser web-site and see actual cost in the area. This will be my first choice to see the trend as is notarized in the county and gage my bid...
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