I grew up in Florida, and have lived aboard twice (2yrs) out of the 35+ years I was there.
You will get paid less & work more.
You will scream daily @ other drivers.
You will sweat. A lot. B.O. doesn't fly there.
People, on the whole, compaired to other places, aren't very educated. The public school
system has been in the bottom 5 of the country for almost 20 years.
Fat people do not enjoy the same quality of life as skinny people.
Always watch your #$$ when dealing with any kind of money
, business, finance, everything $. It's a pirate state for sure.
ALWAYS have uninsured motorist insurance. No Exceptions.
If you want to really fit in, learn Spanish.
Always always always get any water/AC rates @ slips/marinas in writing. Some places more than dbl the rates.
People come down to Fla to blow off steam, have a good time, and party/relax. That has leaked into the fabric
of everyday life in the vacation
spots. Going out to Ybor on Friday means Going Out To YBOR. Some people get caught up in it and party all the time.
Drugs are plentiful & cheap
. Perscription drugs are out of hand. Coke is brought into the country through our docks & ports
. Pot is grown, imported, and everywhere. There is even a thriving Rave scene. Things to consider raising children
You can live a pretty good life in most coastal areas, but you have to hustle. I saved $10k in 7 months waiting tables, but I had to work it. Not work, but work IT.
There are also Tons of empty slips in peoples' back yards. A couple of days of looking, meeting & greeting, and you can get a deal.
I lived on Clearwater Beach, with no heating/cooling for 3 years. It is completly doable. Bug screens on the other hand are not up for debate. Get them, use them, have spares & Skin So Soft. Or die.
and so forth are the most expensive places. Stuart, Clearwater-Tampa-St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, Venice & others are cheaper, and still have the atmosphere you are looking for.
If you work in the Hospitality industy you will always have a job. Same for cutters & stylists. The I.T. industry took a hard punch to the face a couple of years ago, so don't expect anything there.
is fantastic anyplace in Florida. Though I am not sure how the oilspill will effect that.
Don't expect to talk your way out of a bar fight. It won't happen.
Always lock locks.
Don't get me wrong, I love my home state, but it is a strange place with a LOT of energy, some flows good, some flows bad. It's easy to rebuild
your life in Fla, but it's also real easy to screw it up too if you aren't careful.