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Do you live in Florida???

Post by Kaymcee on Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:08 pm

DH & I are moving there...probably really soon. Summer maybe? We are tired of the drastic temps (anywhere from -40 to 110deg in a year!) and looking for a scenic area where we can visit the beach in minutes. We love how St. Pete/Tampa looks so are willing to live in towns surrounding there. We will be renting first to be sure the area is right for us. We are 40 this year and DD will be 7 (going into 1st grade) and DS is going to be 12 (going into 6th grade). Good schools are important of course!
Your tips/opinions are appreciated!
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Post by cherB on Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:26 pm

Sorry. I live in the East Coast of Florida and homeschooled my daughter from Kindergarten to College. I'm wanting to get out of Florida; tired of the heat and tired of no real seasons. St. Augustine is nice in many areas, but is close to Jacksonville, which has a lot of crime. So does Tallahassee. I have a good friend in Plant City and I'll ask her what she thinks.
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Post by asarasota on Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:35 pm

I'm in Sarasota south of St. Pete (I left you some messages earlier on yesterday's post)--heading to bed now before I turn into a pumpkin but will PM ya tomorrow!

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Post by jessicabree on Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:47 am

I grew up in Orlando. The schools are okay but honestly not the greatest IMO. You have a BIG retirement population that would rather not spend the state money on education so I always wondered if that was part of it.

But I did do public school all the way, including University of Florida and it all worked out great!

I will admit I hated the heat. Its always hot. If you can live right by the ocean, then great, but I don't love Orlando and those areas.

I now live in Atlanta. I love that if you just go to somewhere a bit north of FL you can have seasons, still be near oceans, but not have the non-stop summer. Like Atlanta, South Carolina, etc.

Don't mean to be a drag... you might love FL Smile I just know me and my husband have liked Atlanta so much better.

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Post by jessicabree on Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:02 am

Did you research more areas in FL? Very Happy

I have been busy researching Ft Worth Texas since my job might move to there.

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Re: Do you live in Florida???

Post by Sara Laurent on Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:07 am

I live in NW FL in the gulf of mexico... I live in Crestview a nice quiet town with a 30 min trip to our gorgeous emerald waters so we can avoid all of the spring break hullabaloo! 30 min to Pensacola and Destin which are awesome with TONS to do... 1.5 hours to Panama City Beach, 2 hours from Mobile AL, 4 hours from New Orleans LA ... I can honestly say that I absolutely LOVE it here.
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Post by rukristin on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:39 am

Sara I wanna come live by you!

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Post by Mette on Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:05 pm

Ohhhh I wish I could move there... Smile

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Re: Do you live in Florida???

Post by Kaymcee on Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:50 pm

Still researching...especially when it comes to schools! Found an area that I think we'd like... Dunedin. Was looking at a district boundary map and would be in Palm Harbor schools for middle & hs if we live just close enough to Palm Harbor. Their schools are rated high and the Dunedin is artsy, which we like. Not too far from St. Pete either. Oh...and my parents who live in Ft. Myers would be thrilled to come up and watch the kids...BONUS!! And Jessica...Orlando is out...too touristy and landlocked!
We're driving down (ugh...24hr haul!) in July. Parents are watching kids for the week while we view the different areas we're interested in. Woohoo!
Looking more...
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