I can only tell you my opinion and experience.
I moved to sw florida 2002 have 34 ft sloop
. I keep it behind someones house for 250 or maybe 200 a month. This is on charlotte harbor
. now we can really mostly day sail or if we get going early we can get to the west coast icw
and anchorage. I dont see many sailing destinations-but hat depends on your time frame. there are few marinas
and they are expensive. It looks like you have the money
and that now would be a great time to buy a waterfront house. there is one right next to my dock
,been empty since Charley.
winter is sailing time I have sailed the past 3 weeks in winds 25 to 35 which it seems most people stay at home since there have been only a few others out here. when we get 10 kn then people come out and go 4 or 5 kn. There is a prejudice against sailors here and i think any type of boat big enough not to trailer also. the torist sno bird dependence makes this place less stable and the local government
tries to grab torists, as we know this depends on the economy. low pay for many types of workers. we are medical
which is better but it still depende on how many patients. winter has a full hospital summer is 1/2 full .
if you have time go to the bahamas
Heat-i feel like i live in a moderate oven
. ok it may get 95 but go outside and touch the fender
on your car. then run inside to get ice for the burn. summer starts april-may and ends in november. we have light winds and those roaming electrical
storms. I dont see people sailind in the summer. some say they do but i dont see them.
realestate is so cheap- iwant to leave so bad but i cant sell my house that i bought before the boom. there are over 1000 house on the market. insurance
for my 1100 ft house with 2 car garage and pool is 1100 a year including flood taxes
schools-interviewed at prep schoo; for job. was told fla was #46 and they did not teaxch calculus. that is sophmore stuff up north.
traffic is heavy in populated cities like ft myers or sarasota
. not bad in punta gorda, portcharlotte or northport. but there is not much here to do esppecially for kids
the east coast
is mor where it is happening but then you have the city costs and traffic and people.
i am not the best authority but that is what i see.
I am from the NE. spent 7 years in annapolis
and i am just about ready to give my house away to get back there rather then waste my life here.
up there you leave the dock- head
which way the wind
blows and find an anchorage.
it could be windier. yes the city problems are there so are colleges and hospitals.
I can go to a real marine
and spend hours walking the docks. (no docks where i live in fl). I miss looking at the boats and talking to the other sailors.
before you come. if your an out door person spent tome out doors in the summer. your clothes will be soaked quickly-that is an 8 month summer