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Old 08-07-2008, 07:38 AM
 
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I think that first, you need to decide if living in a tropical climate is what you want. Some people (and obviously, quite a few on this post) are just not cut out for the humidity and heat. I, on the other hand, am not cut out for anything under 80 degrees!! There are many, many things to do that don't cost any more than a short car ride to it. I would advise, if you haven't BEEN here and stayed for at least 2 weeks, don't make the move. Come see if this is really where you want to be. I never found it an issue and never looked to move back to anywhere else, so I think it is all a personal decision.
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:51 AM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Naples is HORRIBLE, unless you are a rich, retired, snowbird.
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Old 08-07-2008, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Amherst, MA
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Fort Myers is horrible because it has no jobs, terrible economy.. Lots of crime. Aweful schools...
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:59 PM
 
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Naples is HORRIBLE, unless you are a rich, retired, snowbird.
I wouldn't say Naples is horrible. I know it's $$ city, but the crime is low and it has a nice atmosphere.

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Fort Myers is horrible because it has no jobs, terrible economy.. Lots of crime. Aweful schools...
I agree. Fort Myers, Immokalee, and Lehigh Acres come in on my top 3 "nasty" cities. Crime riddent, bad atmosphere, etc. I wouldn't live there if you payed me!
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:34 PM
 
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Well I guess about the only thing SW Florida has in common with SE Michigan is that many of the snowbirds and year around residents are from there originally, or from other midwestern states. So you will run into many people from your home region. I lived there (Ft. Myers) for 6 months, (also I lived in Oviedo near Orlando). It wasn't my cup of tea, but for an older retired person, I think it would be a nice place.
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Old 11-08-2008, 12:52 PM
 
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Cool Cape vs. Mich

Having lived in Blissfield, MI for 14 years and then in Cape Coral, FL since 1976...I miss the snow, Cedar Point, Traverse City, The Big House (if you don't know, move to OHIO), the Tigers, the Redwings, a river too dirty to swim in, and the small community atmosphere.

In Cape Coral I have settled for beaches, sunsets, clear water diving in the Keys, bikinis, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, Discovery Cove, Wet-n-Wild, St. Augustine, better fishing, Red White & Boom on the 4th, dinner theaters, a not so family oriented community (too many transient and not permanent residents), and I almost forgot an amputee murdered just 6 houses away from me only 4 days ago. Yes, I am in the safe yacht club area. Actually the closest crime in alamost 30 years.

Would I trade it all? If I had work in the mountains of Franklin, NC or Sevierville, TN; in a heartbeat! But if Florida had mountains it would be the perfect place to live.
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Old 11-08-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Punta Gorda, Florida
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Smile I surprised that no one mentioned that going to the

beach everyday is possible as long as you plan to just sit on the beach. It gets cool down here in SW Florida during the winter and the water is pretty cold for swimming. This is not the Caribbean!
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Old 11-08-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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Default Not if you are from the NE

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beach everyday is possible as long as you plan to just sit on the beach. It gets cool down here in SW Florida during the winter and the water is pretty cold for swimming. This is not the Caribbean!
where the water temps (ocean) in June are probably in the high 60s. Even in the middle of summer they probably don't get much above the mid 70s. The air temps, also, will be in the mid 70s to low 80s, much like it is here in winter.

As an example, my older daughter came here for the first time in July. The air temps were in the mid 90s and the water temps were high 80s. She didn't like it at all and said it was like swimming in a hot tub. "Not refreshing at all", was what she said.

The people who come here from the North will be fine at the beach here in the winter.
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:29 AM
 
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, and I almost forgot an amputee murdered just 6 houses away from me only 4 days ago.
A 71 year-old, life-long drug(cocaine, it appears) user&dealer, killed by three of his loyal customers
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:00 PM
 
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In Cape Coral I have settled for beaches, sunsets, clear water diving in the Keys, bikinis, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, Discovery Cove, Wet-n-Wild, St. Augustine, better fishing, Red White & Boom on the 4th, dinner theaters, a not so family oriented community (too many transient and not permanent residents), and I almost forgot an amputee murdered just 6 houses away from me only 4 days ago. Yes, I am in the safe yacht club area. Actually the closest crime in alamost 30 years.
Unfortunate as it is, stuff like that is going to happen. But, I believe that Cape Coral as a lot to offer, and crime doesn't happen very often.
I would still go Cape Coral and SW Florida.
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