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Old 06-11-2020, 11:37 PM
 
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Hi There- any input is greatly appreciated! I am looking for a beach town with military presence (I work civilian on base), with relatively low crime, and generally a nice place to raise a family. Any suggestions in Florida?- I am currently looking between Pensacola or Ft Walton Beach...TY
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Old 06-12-2020, 03:04 PM
 
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If you want beachy and family friendly with great schools Gulf Breeze (Pensacola) is your better bet. If you want average suburb Niceville (Ft Walton Beach) is your better bet.
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Old 06-14-2020, 08:40 AM
 
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They are both horrible. Close minded, kool aid drinking , bible waving, cousin..... you get it. No Thanks... This is part of Florida that " Florida Man " comes from . LOL

The reason Florida is the butt of all jokes .
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Old 06-15-2020, 06:33 AM
 
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I would say both are mixed bags. Both of those towns are kind of run down. Come on further south like Melbourne, FL which is closer to big cities.
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Old 06-15-2020, 10:19 AM
 
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They are both horrible. Close minded, kool aid drinking , bible waving, cousin..... you get it. No Thanks... This is part of Florida that " Florida Man " comes from . LOL

The reason Florida is the butt of all jokes .
Oh please...sure the true locals can be a little overwhelming, but they are becoming few and far between. The FWB area has 3 major bases which brings in a diverse population. I personally think FWB is looking a little sad, but if you are interested in new housing and close access to the beach with a decent commute to work, then Niceville is where you want on eastern side of your search, Gulf Breeze and Navarre on the Western side.

BTW - I grew up in FWB, left for 25 years and moved back to Niceville, so I speak from experience.

I would avoid anything north of I-10, lower home prices, but areas like Crestview are getting rather congested and anything further out will be a little less diverse.
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