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Old 01-20-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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You would think with that many lanes, traffic would NEVER back up lol.
You would think that! The problem is that if there is a wreck the traffic on one side is backed-up because of the wreck and on the other side of the freeway it is backed-up because of "rubberneckers".

Houston really needs some decent public transportation. When I was a kid they installed a test monorail which would have been great but the politicians didn't have the guts to go through with it because of the expense. I suppose in the next few years the 26 lanes will be expanded to 100 lanes if it is business as usual at city hall.

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Old 01-20-2013, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I don't know about pollution in Tampa or Nashville, but in Cape coral it is non-existent--maybe because of the the proximity to the ocean, the lack of industry, or fewer cars.
Cape Coral is nice, but it's expensive and the nearest large city (Ft. Myers doesn't count) is Tampa, which is 2 1/2 hours away. I'd agree that the pollution is non-existent in Cape Coral because of a lack of population, industry, and vehicles.

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Housing has always been affordable in Houston but Cape Coral was hit so hard that the prices went to rock bottom. I wanted a waterfront home with pool--almost unheard of in Houston--and the price here was much lower than anything comparable in the Houston area. Tiki Island and Bayou Vista were about the only places something was available but the insurance rates and taxes were at least three times higher than here. If you just want a "regular" house, I don't think there would be much difference in price between the two cities.
Looking at Real Estate in Cape Coral, it doesn't seem like the housing market has taken too much of a hit, or if it has, then prices were just completely insane! While comparing Cape Coral to Galveston, it appears similar, but you also have to take into consideration the job market and being able to make a living. Galveston is a fairly large size city on the coast. Cape Coral is not.

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My car insurance is just about the same here as in Texas, about what you are paying, but my coverage is much higher here.
Yeah, but my coverage is all I need, and I don't have to deal with the headaches of being in a "no-fault" state.

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Maybe global warming is causing the weather to change in Houston? When I lived there I had summer and winter clothes--it often got below freezing in the winter--we quit trying to keep tropical plants because they all died.
Must be, LoL... It's rarely gotten below freezing since I've lived here for the last 3 years. However, in that time I've seen a streak of like 40 straight days in the summer of over 100 degrees, and one summer of severe drought.

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"...1981, the year the city was dubbed the murder capital of the United States when it
tallied 701 homicides."
Houston Chronicle

Houston is great for making a living, but Cape Coral is great for living.
CRIME RATES RISE IN NEW YORK CITY - NYTimes.com

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The commander of the department's office of management analysis and planning, Deputy Chief Allan H. Hoehl, noted that murders in the first six months of 1988 were 2 percent below the number for the same period of 1981, the record year for murder and most other categories of crime, when there were 1,826 killings.
It's kinda hard to be the murder capital at 701 when New York tallied 1,826 in the same year.

Regardless, It's not rational to talk about crime 32 years ago as it relates to today. Houston never cracks the top 25 anymore and even at 300-400 murders a year, it's less than cities of comparable size, such as Chicago.

I'll agree with you though on your final point. If I didn't need to worry about money, I'd pick Cape Coral over Houston all day every day.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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I'll agree with you though on your final point. If I didn't need to worry about money, I'd pick Cape Coral over Houston all day every day.
Thanks to Houston I was able to move to Cape Coral and now live without working--unless you call swimming, boating, and having an occasional drink working...
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Thanks to Houston I was able to move to Cape Coral and now live without working--unless you call swimming, boating, and having an occasional drink working...
Are you retired? That's great!
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, MN 55337, Outing, MN 56662, and Cape Coral, FL 33904
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Via the Climate-Zone.com

Average Highs/Lows

Houston - January - 62/40
Ft. Myers - January - 64/53

Houston - July - 93/72
Ft. Myers - July - 91/74
Minor correction, no offense, but there is a big difference in climate. The lowest average temp in the Ft Myers area at the coldest point of the year in January is 74/53, not 64/53. (and that's probably at the airport a ways inland) Climate zone (is 10b within a mile or less of the coast) was one of the top 3 considerations in us choosing the Cape. I know winter lows can be colder just a little ways inland, but since we have owned in the Cape, and in talking to next door neighbors, there has never been a temp under 36 where we are at. The lowest we have personally experienced has been a few nights in the 40s. Actually it's usually upper 70s to 80 in January, rather than the 74/53 shown by Climate Zone. com.

Royal palms, foxtails, Xmas palms, Bananas, and (most importantly) coconut palms survive here. Houston's climate is more like in the Florida Panhandle where none of these plants can survive.

Texas certainly beats Florida in job opportunities and political climate however...
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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Are you retired? That's great!
Yep...I got rid of all my long pants and ties...if I can't go somewhere in shorts, I don't go...
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Minor correction, no offense, but there is a big difference in climate. The lowest average temp in the Ft Myers area at the coldest point of the year in January is 74/53, not 64/53. (and that's probably at the airport a ways inland) Climate zone (is 10b within a mile or less of the coast) was one of the top 3 considerations in us choosing the Cape. I know winter lows can be colder just a little ways inland, but since we have owned in the Cape, and in talking to next door neighbors, there has never been a temp under 36 where we are at. The lowest we have personally experienced has been a few nights in the 40s. Actually it's usually upper 70s to 80 in January, rather than the 74/53 shown by Climate Zone. com.

Royal palms, foxtails, Xmas palms, Bananas, and (most importantly) coconut palms survive here. Houston's climate is more like in the Florida Panhandle where none of these plants can survive.

Texas certainly beats Florida in job opportunities and political climate however...
You're right about Fort Myers average in January, I mistakenly typed the average temperature.

However, I currently have Royal Palms and Bananas in my yard and they've seemed to survive the last 2-3 years. I don't have any coconut palms though.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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However, I currently have Royal Palms and Bananas in my yard and they've seemed to survive the last 2-3 years. I don't have any coconut palms though.
This palm tree survived over 20 years in Houston and through a couple of snows--the latest on Dec. 25, 2009. A lot of our banana trees died whenever it got below freezing but the shoots always came back.

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Old 01-25-2013, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, MN 55337, Outing, MN 56662, and Cape Coral, FL 33904
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This palm tree survived over 20 years in Houston and through a couple of snows--the latest on Dec. 25, 2009. A lot of our banana trees died whenever it got below freezing but the shoots always came back.

Great picture! Not to stray too far off topic here, but that looks like trachycarpus (windmill palm). Excellent cold hardy palms, they even survive just fine in Dallas, Atlanta, etc. I have an 8-footer thats been in the ground for several years at my home base in the southern Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul). The tree is over 15 years old, I also have a smaller one I planted as a baby and a very cold hardy yucca (rostrata) which has survived here for years unprotected, it even flowered last summer. Palms get the fronds tied up and are wrapped in bubble wrap insulation for Dec, Jan, Feb and the root area is mulched heavily during winter so the ground does not freeze around the base. Mine have been snowed upon many times and have remained undamaged after being exposed unprotected to temps in the single digits many times. Very slow growing in the cold climates though.

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Old 01-25-2013, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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...but that looks like trachycarpus (windmill palm). Excellent cold hardy palms, they even survive just fine in Dallas, Atlanta, etc. I have an 8-footer thats been in the ground for several years at my home base in the southern Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul).
I was always afraid the below-zero temperatures would kill it, but it grew from about 4' to 12' over a twenty year period. I just read they can even grow in the panhandle of Alaska I never would have guessed that...
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