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01-30-2013 08:59 AM
Re: Florida: Stuart or Jupiter

by the way - OP mentioned easy access to the BVI's as one of the good things about Florida. Well, not really. You can get there from FL if you are willing to beat 600 miles to windward against the trades. I dont have the appetite for that, nor the time, nor does my boat carry enough fuel for the parts where wind and current slow you down to near zero progress. People do it but I wouldnt call it fun.
01-29-2013 09:43 PM
Re: Florida: Stuart or Jupiter


Ever notice the way Florida is shaped like a stand-alone ATM machine?

Please deposit your money--and then leave.
01-29-2013 09:15 PM
Re: Florida: Stuart or Jupiter


now please leave!

-it had to be said. its in the rules.....

Ft Pierce city marina. jensen beach/hutchingson island to live.
11-25-2012 09:12 PM
Re: Florida: Stuart or Jupiter

Floridians call the poor employment and pay situation the 'Sunshine tax'. You must have some independent means of support or own a Red Lobster franchise. A geriatric medical qualification might work. Plenty of demented people have settled into Florida to endlessly tell us about how things are done better Up North.

Like paying more taxes, albeit with sorry incomes, buys public amenities... Those who get liquored or drugged up, and then speed down dead-end roads into canals just thin out that herd.

However, the recent property bubble had made waterfront properties quite reasonable in West Florida circa 2010. The prices may be well on their way back up, but I've seen ads for pretty nice houses at circa $55K. There was also a stripping problem, which I doubt has lessened greatly.

I.e., a house looks fine from the sidewalk (if there is any) but on entering you find the wiring was pulled from the walls, the A/C is missing, and the appliances are long gone. Anything that can be sold for scrap got looted while the house was in the hands of those (expletive, deleted) banks.

From Sarasota on down to Naples, there are many properties on canals, and you can live in a house with its own dock. On Pine Island (St. James City) there are fairly deep canals behind all sorts of properties, from cabins to McMansions. At Matlacha and like places, where a road crosses to an island or waterfront community, there are often properties either right on a waterfront or very near docks.

Avoid Manatee County; hostile and greedy folk along those waterways.

Marinas are in an ever-tightening government-imposed bind that discourages them from hosting any live-aboards, and anyway the Northeast infestation resents folk having the Florida life-style without paying high real-estate taxes.
09-09-2012 11:08 PM
Re: Florida: Stuart or Jupiter

Not sure how good St. Pete and Tampa are now. Used to live in Tampa.
08-03-2012 12:57 PM
Re: Florida: Stuart or Jupiter

The Working enviroment is "unique" to be sure. The State doesn't really enforce workplace laws. Forced free overtime etc are common.Fraud with trade people is rampant.You have to watch your back every second. It has a feel of a foreign country in many ways especially when dealing with the police(Federallies). The weather is nice and the rest you will develop ways of dealing with it or not.
Many many new residents leave screaming after a year here.
06-13-2012 10:17 AM
Re: Florida: Stuart or Jupiter

Stuart is a nice town, you can sail on the St. Lucie river if you have a smaller boat, the inlet was just dredged but I still wouldn't use it in the strong onshore winds. Florida gets more expensive as you head south, Jupiter is the boundary line where things start rising quickly. Floriduh came about because of the recount in the election of 2000, it's no worst than any other state and much better than some.
06-11-2012 01:03 AM
Re: Florida: Stuart or Jupiter

Originally Posted by Slippydiq View Post
Check out Titusville beats both on all accounts
North of Titusville and then through haulover canal into Mosquito Lagoon is a cool place to sail smaller boats...not much quick access to the Atlantic ocean from Titusville..fastest way is down and thru barge canal at canaveral then out the Canaveral cut...probably 15-18 miles before your in the Atlantic even from South Titusville. Titusville is a nice area on the whole..and affordable. Stuart or Jupiter? I'd go to Stuart...been there once 15 years ago and liked it alot...same with port St Lucie, Vero beach Titusville...south of Stuart I would not care to live until you hit Key Largo...
06-10-2012 11:52 PM
Re: Florida: Stuart or Jupiter

Check out Titusville beats both on all accounts
06-03-2012 10:38 PM
Re: Florida: Stuart or Jupiter

Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach are the best outlets in the area. I would look at a place where I could come and go with the least time in the ICW.

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