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Old 02-26-2012
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Grace, there are pros and cons to Florida and it is a very popular place to die, ergh, live. The "Gold Coast" on the SE, the Tampa area on the NW, there are many different areas with different pros and cons.

No state tax--but low state services. Lots of highway drownings because there are drainage canals and lakes all over--and few barriers to the traffic, because safety barriers can't be built without tax money. A number of the more respectable newspapers call it "FloriDUH" because some things are just so "unique" to the state.

Near a coast? You may have flooding problems that close to sea level. Some places (Chicago, Seattle) raised their downtowns by ten feet (literally) to solve that over a hundred years ago. Florida? Lots of open drainage canals and accept flooding. As the recently appoint RC Archibishop for Miami said two years ago, it was nice to be appointed to someplace so close to the continental United States.

Also, you'll need a car, there's very little public transportation, and it tends to come and go with budget cycles. A bus stop can also be a nasty place to be in 90F heat and 80% humidity.

So where you want to live, and why, there's a lot more than housing costs to consider--unless you're just planning to retire and die somewhere that's cheap, because there are no state taxes. So far.

This is not to put down Florida, just to say, be careful what you wish for. It really has to be experienced to be appreciated. If you can find any books by Carl Hiassen, he's a long-time serious award winning journalist with the Miami Herald. Read his books, you'll say what a farce, could never be. Ah, nope. That's FloriDUH. Can't make that stuff up.
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