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Old 02-22-2008, 09:05 AM
Location: Warwick
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moving to the port charlotte area I have one son in school the school he will attend will be murdock middle school it is rated an A school any comments would be appreciated about the area and cost of living ect and the education I have heard it is resonable for college is this true i have a 19 year old who doesnt want to move to Florida but I want him to so he can afford college here in RI school is to expensive for us any comments and ideas about the area would be greatly appreciated thanks
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Old 02-22-2008, 02:13 PM
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I have heard mixed reviews about Murdock middle but I don't have any first hand experience. Here is a website you can check - GreatSchools.net

I was born and raised in Florida so I really don't have anything to compare the cost of living to in other states. I think it is reasonable in SW Florida.

If your son is looking at colleges in Florida I would check out New College of Florida. They are rated very high for their education and the cost is one of the lowest in the US.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 02-22-2008, 02:47 PM
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Port Charlotte seems more reasonable, expense-wise, than Sarasota and Fort Myers. It's more of a suburban area. We moved here 3 1/2 years ago from Connecticut. House prices are comparable (though I assume you already have housing figured out, since you know where your son will go to school), heating prices are much lower, and air conditioning is much higher. There is a lot to do, and you can do it all year round!

I couldn't tell you about the schools, as we homeschool... we did have an exchange student from Germany last year, and she attended Port Charlotte High. She found it very easy and fun, as compared with her school in Germany, but that does not really tell you much, LOL.

Welcome to the area!
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:29 PM
Location: Florida
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Welcome to the area.

Any "ratings" of government schools are generally self serving and in my opinion worthless.

Check it out for yourself if that's even allowed in todays society. Verify everything on your own the best you can.

This is a very economical area in which to live, in comparison to the northeast.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:37 PM
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We have 3 teenagers and we just moved down to Port Charlotte from MD. It was a huge adjustment but the people are very nice and very laid back. Coming from RI your oldest is going to have a hard time. If you get bit up with bugs a lot then take 1 Complex Vitamin B everyday so the no-see-ums don't get you. The weather is beautiful but the pace is slow. Port Charlotte is a great place to live and I'm so glad we came. It's just a big adjustment but it's well worth it.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:17 PM
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I've been to Warwick! I used to live near there and shop at Ann & Hope (maybe that was in Arnolds Mills), anyway I've been in FL forever now. I have heard a lot of other moms say they really like Florida Gulf Coast University. And Manatee Community is one of the best, it is just in North Port and will be a state college in a few months- VERY affordable. I ahve a link to the schools on my little page The MIDNIGHT GARDENER
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