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Old 07-27-2013, 04:42 AM
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This may be an impossible question, but are there more locals in the Tampa/St. Pete area vs Volusia county? We live in S.Daytona, and I'm in Daytona Beach or New Smyrna Beach nearly every day (S. Daytona is great to live in, but nothing to do). I love New Smyrna, and there's a few things I like in Daytona Beach. But some of the people, how do I put this politely, are often just not my cup of tea. Many can be loud, ill mannered, and rude. I'm originally from the Gulf Coast area, and east coasters are just not a good fit for me. We're like dogs and cats.

I understand that Florida is a different animal compared to other Southern areas, but w/ Volusia county's close proximity to up North, it seems that many of the types I'm discussing here settle in an area that stretches from Ormond to New Smyrna, and apparently never venture further. This is not a flame on East Coasters. I love New Yorkers, if we're talking about the city itself. To me they're sort of speeded up Southerners. Very direct, and not necessarily ill mannered, just faster. I'd live there in a you-know-what second, except it's too expensive and far too cold. But the others, wherever they may be from, are a trial. I often think there's a big argument going on, when it's just a couple of Yankees talking in their normal voices outside at a cafe! And don't get me started on people on cell phones and undisciplined children in restaurants and other public areas. My wife, who is from Hawaii, is constantly asking me "Why are these people always shouting and staring?"

As I said, don't mean to bash others, and if you like this sort of thing, fine, but I could do w/o it. There's probably a ton of East Coast people that get highly annoyed at us Southerners too (if you can FIND any where I live). We're probably seen as too slow, our accents annoy them, etc.

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Old 07-27-2013, 05:37 AM
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In my experience, the more rural areas of Florida are where the natives usually reside. (With that said, my family and I are natives - third generation, actually - and we are on the coast.)

The Tampa Bay area, on the whole, is extremely transient. We have many people coming from the North and the Midwest.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:18 PM
Location: St. Pete, FL
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It's extremely transient here, too. I but I feel it would be less over there.
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