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Re: Living in Florida

Well, it's the not the Ozarks for certain but we have our tricks.

SWAMP club is the tampa area trail authority. Alafia River State Park has one of the top ten fat tire festivals in the US.

Great Florida systems include:
Alafia - tampa area.
Balm Boyette - tampa area.
Lloyce E. Harpe, Carter Road - Lakeland.
Santos - Ocala.
Markham, south Florida.

And I'm probably forgetting a few in north Florida.

Google and YouTube will produce results if you search on any if those trail systems.
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You might want to take a look at the Charlotte Harbor area, and the towns of Punta Gorda , Port Charlotte and Englewood. Lots of waterfront property , great boating and sailing, and prices are reasonable
So after Algee posted this I did a quick look, I really only found one place but with 80' of deep water access It's actually quite nice.

18670 Arapahoe Cir, Port Charlotte, FL 33948 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®
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Well, it's the not the Ozarks for certain but we have our tricks.

SWAMP club is the tampa area trail authority. Alafia River State Park has one of the top ten fat tire festivals in the US.

Great Florida systems include:
Alafia - tampa area.
Balm Boyette - tampa area.
Lloyce E. Harpe, Carter Road - Lakeland.
Santos - Ocala.
Markham, south Florida.

And I'm probably forgetting a few in north Florida.

Google and YouTube will produce results if you search on any if those trail systems.

Evidently I need to start looking at the Tampa area instead of the Naples area.
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Re: Living in Florida

I, too live near Tampa and I would tell you that it has the most to offer. Look at Apollo Beach, Ruskin, or even Gibsonton. Lots of water between the rivers and the bay. I love it here. I keep my boat on the trailer in Riverview and launch at Apollo Beach. Great sailing and the people here are from everywhere. Nice mix. Come on down.

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Maybe I operate on a different compass, but for me the quality of the school systems would be the critical factor in my choice of towns if I had a middle school age daughter.
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Maybe I operate on a different compass, but for me the quality of the school systems would be the critical factor in my choice of towns if I had a middle school age daughter.
Charlotte County has good schools.


I keep pushing Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda because I *wish* I could live there. I'm in Fort Lauderdale...its crowded, overbuilt, poor schools...really paradise lost.

Port Charlotte/Punta GOrda remind me of what Fort Lauderdale *USED* to be in the 80s and early 90s.
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So after Algee posted this I did a quick look, I really only found one place but with 80' of deep water access It's actually quite nice.

18670 Arapahoe Cir, Port Charlotte, FL 33948 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®
Wow! I'm very surprised to see that listing. Frankly, I have to wonder if there is something wrong that they aren't saying, since it is priced well below other homes in the same general area. Of course, it may be that they just need to sell ASAP and they are smart enough to realize that doing that requires them to price it low.
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Re: Living in Florida

The average home price in the Port Charlotte area is just over $200,000 and those that I looked at in the 230,000 category would sell for about $450,000 in my part of the world.

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Re: Living in Florida

I'd check out Pine Island, Matlacha, Punta Gorda and N. Ft. Myers. I have had some good times there Climate good, and with the real estate collapse more affordable than some other spots.
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Re: Living in Florida

Wouldn't live anywhere else

I live by st augy and it's just a great place to be around, if you have a little cash that is
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