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    Tell me about Florida #11839 08/31/22 10:51 AM
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    Retiring soon and thinking about moving. What I want to do is bass fish and hit the Keys for some saltwater fishing and camping. Mix in some scuba diving and it will be perfect. I’m looking at Cape Coral, Kissimmee, and maybe a suburb west of Miami.

    Any thoughts on those areas or alternatives?

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    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #11894 09/02/22 02:43 PM
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    I’d really like to be west of Miami proper, but not sure what crime situation is like.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #11895 09/02/22 02:43 PM
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    Well, if I had no limitations, like money, I’d live on Fisher Island. But yeah, that ain’t gonna happen.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #11914 09/03/22 09:06 AM
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    I also liked Tampa-St. Pete but traffic was horrendous in 85, can’t imagine what it is like now. Thoughts?

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #11915 09/03/22 09:08 AM
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    I also like the Florida Panhandle, Panama City Beach especially. But it’s a long drive to good bass fishing and the Florida Keys. Thoughts?

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #11916 09/03/22 09:08 AM
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    I was in Perry Florida once. Scared the [censored] out of me, those people were inbred or something funky.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #11917 09/03/22 09:10 AM
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    The whole Pam Beach to Miami corridor is too crowded and expensive. But I would consider living on the west edge of Miami, but I don’t know anything about whether is is affordable or safe. I doubt it is either.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #11918 09/03/22 09:11 AM
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    On the other hand, I would consider compromising some of my “must haves” and move to the Bahamas. Anybody live there?

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #11919 09/03/22 09:12 AM
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    Hey, where are all the orange orchards in Florida? I’ve always heard about them, but have no idea where they are.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12066 09/04/22 05:20 AM
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    Was looking at a map and the area around Arcadia looks a lot like south Texas, flat, live oaks, pretty to my eyes. Reminds me of home. Too bad the town looks old, poor, and run down. I’m sure the folks there are good people. Does not look nice though.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12067 09/04/22 05:21 AM
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    I wonder how many of you know what a map is? Or even know how to read and write? Same as the Georgia folks.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12068 09/04/22 05:23 AM
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    Anyway, Maybe people in Florida are too busy being outside and don’t have access to the interwebs? Nah. Heck, even the poorest people down here have multiple phones and unlimited data plans.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12069 09/04/22 05:24 AM
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    I even saw that in the poorest, dirtiest, most disgusting places in Africa. No matter how poor they were, people always had the latest iPhone or android device and unlimited data plans.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12070 09/04/22 05:25 AM
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    I’m not judging. I’m just an observer in this world.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12071 09/04/22 05:26 AM
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    Anyway, back to Florida. What is Clewiston like? Besides the Martin family, is there anyone else there? Is this a big tourist area or locals only? What about retirement? Do many people retire there?

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12072 09/04/22 05:27 AM
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    Clewiston doesn’t look like much

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12073 09/04/22 05:30 AM
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    Lots of mobile homes in Clewiston. Wonder if Roland lives in a double wide?

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12074 09/04/22 05:32 AM
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    Well, there’s a Walmart, so it can’t be that bad. And a Ace Hardware store. Ah yeah, Popeyes on Main Street. Add Clewiston to the Must Visit list.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12075 09/04/22 05:34 AM
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    Leaving Clewiston, let’s explore Goodland a little. There’s not much to explore here.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12076 09/04/22 05:35 AM
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    Let’s see, there are nice houses (new builds) interspersed with old dumpy houses that have tires, abandoned cars or golf carts, generally trashy yard. Nice…

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12077 09/04/22 05:36 AM
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    But overall, looks like a nice place, on the rise, but real estate must be outrageous here. Has to be…

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12078 09/04/22 05:40 AM
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    Actually, I like Goodland. Looks like it would be great kayak fishing in the area.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12079 09/04/22 05:41 AM
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    I bet it would be difficult to get to know the locals. I bet they would be suspicious of folks like me moving in and buying real estate at inflated prices. Causing their real estate property valuations and tax rates to increase.

    Re: Tell me about Florida [Re: BeachBum] #12080 09/04/22 05:44 AM
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    Goodland looks great, I would not mind retiring there. Moving on…

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    Everglades City…talk about isolated. But I like it. Just so far away from everything. Maybe that’s what might make it nice.

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