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Old 04-11-2008, 06:32 PM
 
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tammyraye, the only areas i could recommend would be a town like lake placid, (but it's not on the beach), st augustine, or the panhandle. you arent going to get the "hi, how are you?, friendliness, etc... that the asheville area provides, except for just a handful of places (mentioned above). these are overall assessments, of course there are nice ppl in all FL towns, but in general, i'd stay away from south FL, orlando, and pretty much anywhere south of orlando, with the exception of sebring and lake placid. the panhandle is going to offer you more i believe in what you are looking for. yes, more conservative than other areas, but the ppl are friendlier there, and english is still the most common language. i laugh, but it isnt far off.
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Old 04-11-2008, 08:51 PM
 
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tammyraye, the only areas i could recommend would be a town like lake placid, (but it's not on the beach), st augustine, or the panhandle. you arent going to get the "hi, how are you?, friendliness, etc... that the asheville area provides, except for just a handful of places (mentioned above). these are overall assessments, of course there are nice ppl in all FL towns, but in general, i'd stay away from south FL, orlando, and pretty much anywhere south of orlando, with the exception of sebring and lake placid. the panhandle is going to offer you more i believe in what you are looking for. yes, more conservative than other areas, but the ppl are friendlier there, and english is still the most common language. i laugh, but it isnt far off.
Sad we don't have anything like an Asheville here in FL. If someone wants a nice laid back beach town with mountains, lots of sun and palm trees,a cool downtown and arts scene, a bit liberal and a major university then Santa Barbara, CA is the place.. In FL the possible places have already been mentioned in this thread with perhaps Delray Beach in dreaded SoFL worth a shot. One other might be Wilmington, NC.. I haven't been there but it seems to have many of the main selling points..
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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My family travels back and forth from the Asheville NC area to Port Saint Lucie, FL. Talk about opposite places. Love both of them though! How about the Sebastian/Vero Beach area?? Not friendly like NC but nice stores, beautiful beaches and great weather!
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Old 04-12-2008, 03:21 PM
 
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is there a town as friendly as asheville, here in FL? i would have to say little town of lake placid. very nice town.
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Old 04-12-2008, 04:42 PM
 
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is there a town as friendly as asheville, here in FL? i would have to say little town of lake placid. very nice town.
Well, yes, so is Lakeland where we live now, but the OP wants a beach town, so Lake Placid or Lakeland does not qualify. She also wants the northern part of the state. So I still stand by St. Augustine as coming as close as possible to the ambiance she is looking for, although it is a lot smaller.
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Old 04-12-2008, 09:35 PM
 
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i didnt know she wanted to be in the northern part of the state, i thought she had mentioned cocoa bch, which i would not move to btw. it isnt very pretty (the actual city) at all, imo. st augustine is a great choice, i really like that area of fla a lot, and the northern part of fla is the best part of the state people-wise too.
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Old 04-12-2008, 10:14 PM
 
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Be ready to do some shopping for shorts

Welcome to Florida!
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Old 04-13-2008, 03:31 PM
 
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Be ready to do some shopping for shorts

Welcome to Florida!
Don't forget the FLIP FLOPS.
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:03 PM
 
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I would also have to say St Augustine, or in and around downtown St Pete. Sarasota has alot of what you are looking for but is very expensive. I think you are going to find that there will be very little in Florida to compare with Asheville. You mentioned conservative, yes Pensacola as is much of the panhandle is extremely conservative. The only area really in the panhandle that is somewhat less conservative is the state capitol Tallahassee. That is about 45 min or 1 hour to the nearest gulf beach.
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