I want to move to Florida- suggesstions where

Pauline1954

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Hey all I've been thinking about moving to Florida for a few years now. But decided I will actively prepare my home for sale here.

Im looking for information in,the Pensacola area.

Thanks
 

MrPants

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Tuktoyaktuk
Odd that no one has responded. Sorry but I don't know anything about Fla, other than it seems that a lot of Americans in the Northeastern States retire there at some point. I heard once that the panhandle area is quite nice. The main negative I would think about is possible hurricanes, if you're close to the coast. Pretty hot and humid there in the summer months I would think as well.

Sorry, I got nothing else for ya.
 

MrPants

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Which side has more hurricanes? 😃
Here's a snap shot for Pensacola:
"Since 1975, Pensacola has been directly hit by eight hurricanes and even more tropical storms. Today, the city ranks 8th on Sperling's list of the “worst places for hurricanes” in the United States."

Orlando is your safest bet for hurricanes. It's far enough inland that the force of any hurricane is dramatically reduced by the time it reaches that far inland. No worries about tidal surge that far inland either. That's a huge issue during hurricanes for coastal cities (storm surge = flooding).
 

Manatee

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Florida
We have moved to Pinellas county 3 times. We plan to stay this time. At times we have lived in Jacksonville and Boca Raton. anyplace north of here is too far north for me. Sarasota to Naples is not a bad area. Pensacola and the panhandle have a large military presence. When our son was at FSU in Tallahassee there was snow up there on one occasion.

My sister lives in a beach town in Brevard county and has been hurricaned a number of times. She is south of Cape Canaveral. Her house shakes when they send up the big rockets.
 

terry123

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Houston, Tx.
My brother lives in Miami and loves it except for the humidity in the summer. He and his wife moved there from Louisiana because her parents lived there and she wanted to be closer with them. I like to visit there as they take me to a few secluded beaches they have discovered that are not very well known. So they are not packed with people and you can really relax and enjoy that beautiful sand.

I am close to Galveston but rarely go there as I hate that dirty looking sand and water. There are tons of people so if I go I just shop on the Strand and walk on the edge of the beach for my beach fix.
 

Jim W.

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Which side has more hurricanes? 😃
If you're worried about hurricane damage, you should live as far inland as possible.

I live in Orlando and though we have been hit by hurricanes a few times, by the time they reach us, they have weakened because of all the land they have to travel across to get here.

If you don't want to live in a large city like Orlando, there are some nice, charming little smaller towns around Orlando like DeLand, Deltona, Sanford, Winter Garden, or even Mount Dora.

They are all very quaint little towns with a very nice ambience.

DeLand is where Stetson University is, so there's a kind of college town atmosphere there.
 

MrPants

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Tuktoyaktuk
If Fla. doesn't work out, come on up here to Iqaluit. No traffic and air conditioning is not required ;)
Never known there to be a hurricane or tornado either. A little chilly in winter though 😬


TonightA few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 34. Wind chill minus 34 this evening and minus 44 overnight. Frostbite in minutes.
Fri, 19 FebA mix of sun and cloud. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 28. Wind chill minus 42 in the morning and minus 34 in the afternoon. Frostbite in minutes. UV index 1 or low.
NightPartly cloudy. Clearing before morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 30. Wind chill minus 34 in the evening and minus 39 overnight. Risk of frostbite.
 

Pauline1954

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Curious if you know so little about it why choose it to live?
I know about Florida. Ive lived in Big Pine Key, Sarasota, Venice, Marathon off and on under the age of twenty. I remember the beauty of the beach and being close to the ocean. I havent been back since and havent had the interest to do any research. But now I am interested so I want to learn more and areas. Which zillow, mapquest and google earth is helping me a lot. I do not remember experiencing any hurricanes at all during my times there. Maybe I was clueless and did not pay attention. 🌞
 

Pauline1954

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If Fla. doesn't work out, come on up here to Iqaluit. No traffic and air conditioning is not required ;)
Never known there to be a hurricane or tornado either. A little chilly in winter though 😬


TonightA few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 34. Wind chill minus 34 this evening and minus 44 overnight. Frostbite in minutes.
Fri, 19 FebA mix of sun and cloud. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 28. Wind chill minus 42 in the morning and minus 34 in the afternoon. Frostbite in minutes. UV index 1 or low.
NightPartly cloudy. Clearing before morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 30. Wind chill minus 34 in the evening and minus 39 overnight. Risk of frostbite.
Lol no thank you. Ive had my fill of being snowed in. I havent been out for 11 days and it will be a couple more days yet. My drive is iced over but so is the long drive out of my area. Many people getting stuck in the ditch because its so icey. Suns out for the second day and should be better soon.
 

Pauline1954

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My wife and I are also thinking of Florida. We've visited Ft Lauderdale and Tampa twice. Tampa is where we are focusing our research.
Ive been doing research since I posted this question about Florida. Supposedly futher down the state, Leesburg is the most unaffected area from any other area. Thats probably why Disney World is in Orlando. 😃. There is so much to do in Florida and I loved it there as a youngster. I found by reading one of the best place for seas shelling is up by Pensacola by the Gulf of Mexico. But thats the very common place Hurricanes go. Many people still live and vacationvacation there though. I may vacation there in April just to get a good look and travel around the area maybe.
 

rcleary171

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New Jersey
Ive been doing research since I posted this question about Florida. Supposedly futher down the state, Leesburg is the most unaffected area from any other area. Thats probably why Disney World is in Orlando. 😃. There is so much to do in Florida and I loved it there as a youngster. I found by reading one of the best place for seas shelling is up by Pensacola by the Gulf of Mexico. But thats the very common place Hurricanes go. Many people still live and vacationvacation there though. I may vacation there in April just to get a good look and travel around the area maybe.
Yes - explore and research. We have a few years to go before me make our move. I have always been fascinated by The Keys (which I have yet to visit). If not to live there at least driving there from Tampa would be an option.
 

Pauline1954

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I would love to be able to help you, but I live on the east coast. Pensacola is a long drive from me. Anyway I can help, just ask.

I loved those enclosed porches and moss trees. I was thinking about a place near waterfront. Maybe but I remember mosquitos can be bad. Arkansas is not nearly as bad as people think. Only in the areas where its not maintained. I probably would need it to be closer to casinos within an hour or less and within a hour of the ocean too. Im thinking finding this will be easy because of the narrowing of the state. Im not to keen on a pool. Frankly we've had our share of pool duty through the years. So this I find may take a bit of looking. Im looking forward to growing a small garden and the citrus there. The more I look and think about it as well as points you all are making, I can make start a list to help me. We will need to sell our house in Arkansas first and this may take a bit of time. Who knows. I have a 20x24 artist studio with a loft, quarter bath, heated and cooled. This will probably be a determining point for those looking for an office. Guest house or quiet place to be. It certainly is my haven. This is a reason why it may make it very hard for me to move. If I found something similar that would be great. But its not unlikely. There are many places I could make into a studio in a Florida style home. But I sure love my studio here. I think once I make up my mind and put the house up for sale it will be easier to accept my decision. Besides I need to move to a warmer state and its not going to be Arizona or California. 🙃 this is not necessarily questions but ramblings. Thanks
 

Pauline1954

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Yes - explore and research. We have a few years to go before me make our move. I have always been fascinated by The Keys (which I have yet to visit). If not to live there at least driving there from Tampa would be an option.
I remember a boating escapade I took with my then husband to a little island. It was close to sugarloaf key and actually could have been sugar loaf. Anyway, beautiful clear waters. I could see all the way down to the bottom. And the underwater life we could see was surreal. There were lots of small burracuda, stingrays and colorful fish. So beautiful. The keys are wonderful. But the seven mile bridge is another experience. It was so narrow you better not put your hand out the window if its long. I imagine its busier now than back in the seventies.
 

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