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Re: Living in Florida

The Keys aren't for me right now for these three reasons... 1) real estate that I would want to buy is through the roof 2) I like to visit the Keys, but then I like to leave the Keys 3) I know you guys haven't been blown away by a big storm in a while, but it's just too out there hanging in the open for me... low hanging fruit.

Don't get me wrong, I like the Keys as much as anybody, but I won't be moving there anytime soon. I think it's a place I would rather rent or lease short term, if any.

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The keys are a great place to sail to and spend some wonderful vacation time in Boot Key Harbor, snorkeling offshore of Marathon at Sombrero Light Reef, and sailing on the gulf side of 7-Mile Bridge. I spent three months there and believe me I did NOT want to leave and head back to the cold of Maryland.

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The keys are a great place to sail to and spend some wonderful vacation time in Boot Key Harbor, snorkeling offshore of Marathon at Sombrero Light Reef, and sailing on the gulf side of 7-Mile Bridge. I spent three months there and believe me I did NOT want to leave and head back to the cold of Maryland.

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I'm hearing you, Gary and can certainly relate to your situation. My money always runs out down there before I'm ready to leave.
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Re: Living in Florida

I've been a Florida resident for 63 years, but I've spent plenty of time elsewhere in the US too. It amazes me that people speak of Florida by specific characteristics,- too expensive, to crowded, to "resort", to many old people, to conservative, .... whatever... The fact is, it's a big state and you will likely find whatever your looking for or whatever you don't like depending upon where you are. Miami, The Keys, Jacksonville, Carabelle, ....etc. are as different as Manhatten and Peoria. There is no one Florida!


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You may wish to look at the Tallahassee area. Lived there for many years and loved it. There is a deep water marina in Carrabelle (and closer at St. Marks, but not so deep), and so much to do if you enjoy the outdoors. It is very Southern, but that's part of what makes it so unique.

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Running out of money was not a problem for me in Marathon. I was living aboard the boat and playing music at the bars and resorts. Consequently, I had a modest income from the music jobs, plus tips, which was more than sufficient to pay the marina's ridiculously high rates, and leave enough left over for food and booze.

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Captain Force is absolutely right. There is not "one Florida." No matter what your tastes, there is an area of Florida right for you.

As to sailing- I can only speak to the west coast of Florida. From the Tampa area south, you can find good water. There are very affordable canal communities just north of Tampa such as Hudson, Tarpon Springs, Hernando Beach. BUT, those canals are not deep. Getting a sailboat in and out of those canals is tricky and you have to play the tides. Some of them are a total non-starter for any boat with a 3 foot draft due to rocks, etc.

Getting south into the Tampa Bay area, you start getting into good water. (draft wise)

I have lived in Jacksonville (loved it) and the Tampa area. (love it) But those two areas aren't even remotely similar.

The one thing we can all agree on, it is that if there's a Hell on Earth- it is Orlando.
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Running out of money was not a problem for me in Marathon. I was living aboard the boat and playing music at the bars and resorts. Consequently, I had a modest income from the music jobs, plus tips, which was more than sufficient to pay the marina's ridiculously high rates, and leave enough left over for food and booze.

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Ok Gary, then I cant relate!
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Re: Living in Florida

I have only set foot in the very top of the state, so I really can't comment about any of it.

But to the OP what is more appealing about FL than anywhere else on the gulf? I want to get the heck out of the PNW's winters, but from my ivory tower is seems like TX to FL all has some good and bad features, but in general it's flat and buggy in FL, right?

Does FL offer a lot more actual 'cruising' and anchorages than other places?
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Port Charlotte is probably the only town where $200k will get you deep water access sailboat friendly house. It will be a fixer upper.

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