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Best places to live and fish in Florida??

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Condo fees are going through the Roof in many locations. Best advise is to go dowm there and rent for a while and see how thing so.

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I own homes on east coast and west coast for a many years. There's no "best place". It's all what ya make of it....or what one likes. Some like the cramp scene, some like the wide open, some like the water lapping at the seawall. I can go to any area in Florida and like something about it. In money terms, the closer one gets to the water, the higher the prices. Cheaper means deeper in the state. Lotta changes down here with building codes, which means higher home prices. Remember, we have BIG swirling friends that like to pay us a visit each year. Might want to talk to some of those folks from that nice once upon a time little sleepy town of Mexico Beach. Stuff happens. Happen to me once. Not fun. Florida can be mean and cruel and sunny and beautiful. It can be the best of the best and the worst of the worst.

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Lot of Mid Westerners on the gulf side. 

42 mins ago, b4loran said:

Old people live on the east coast, their parents live on the west coast.

 

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East coast tends to attract the east coast northerners. 

 

West coast tends to be the midwest folks. This is changing, we see a lot more of NY,NJ,CONN, MASS plates here every year. 

 

If you drew a line straight north it will show you the area it attracts. 

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I live in Palm Bay, just South of Melbourne, for two reasons the fishing and the cost of living. Living in Naples, North Naples, and Bonita for half my life I think the fishing, especially land based, is dismal in comparison to the East Coast most of the year. I can shrimp, crab, and dive more on top of the better bait runs, offshore and inshore diversity, and better game fishing overall. Close to Orlando and not far from the close gulf stream offshore waters of Boyton, West Palm, and reasonable travel distances from the Keys which are places I want to visit but not live. 

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On 12/9/2018 at 7:58 AM, zcoker said:

 Might want to talk to some of those folks from that nice once upon a time little sleepy town of Mexico Beach. Stuff happens. Happen to me once. Not fun. Florida can be mean and cruel and sunny and beautiful. It can be the best of the best and the worst of the worst.

Our place at Mexico Beach is a pile of rubble and a slab. We were able to salvage a rubber maid box of stuff. We lost a neighbor I've known since 1992 (when dad bought the place). I've got some good videos of the damage from about 10 days after the storm.

Florida is a giant penis sticking into the ocean. People got complacent about hurricanes (went a decade without one). Then God crushed our complacent hubris with the largest storm I've ever heard of (Irma) and one of the most powerful storms we have recorded (Michael).

 

Florida's a beautiful place if you can get past the storms, the yankees, thier sports teams, and the residents of Jacksonville.

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58 mins ago, mwhitt80 said:

Our place at Mexico Beach is a pile of rubble and a slab. We were able to salvage a rubber maid box of stuff. We lost a neighbor I've known since 1992 (when dad bought the place). I've got some good videos of the damage from about 10 days after the storm.

Florida is a giant penis sticking into the ocean. People got complacent about hurricanes (went a decade without one). Then God crushed our complacent hubris with the largest storm I've ever heard of (Irma) and one of the most powerful storms we have recorded (Michael).

 

Florida's a beautiful place if you can get past the storms, the yankees, thier sports teams, and the residents of Jacksonville.

 

Whatever anyone says, there's no words to humble that gut wrenching feeling of total loss....can only imagine the sheer gravity of coming back home to behold only a slab.

 

Ms Mother Nature can be a true beast when she wants to be.  

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I should have been more clear; it was a second home that we spent a lot of time at. There was period of about 5-6 years where mom would pick us up at school on Friday, dad would drive down after work and we would spend every weekend there. Mom would take us down 4 days a week during summer. I didn't get down as much the last 10 years, married life...

My siblings and their families took it harder than me. We lost a son about 2.5 years ago and after going through that "it's just stuff" has real meaning.

Now the family has a long been paid-off slab and a large empty lot behind the slab. Holding costs should be pretty low. It's now an investment that we can park an RV on.

 

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But back to the topic on hand. The nice thing about Florida you are never more than a half hour away from some kind of really good fishing. 

I live just north of the border. I'm 70 miles from the beach and ten minutes from some of the best bass fishing on earth.

I'm partial to the panhandle; it's a different kind of beautiful than mid and south Florida. Lots of oaks, cypress, and pines. Not as many people and lots of fish

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Dont disregard freshwater fishing down there either.......

 

Fous your vacation time down there, but try all seasons there too.

 

Heat and humidity is not about your body, but about your lungs.....  Harder to breathe.

 

I'm either going down to Virginia or North Carolina and hopefully have some monery left over for a summer camp somewhere cheap in NY/PA or nearby either.

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Rent somewhere in the keys before they no longer exist, truly a fisherman’s paradise.

 

From a purely fishing standpoint, I prefer the atlantic over the gulf.  Keys you get the best of both worlds. Somewhere like tampa, you gotta travel quite a ways to get to the bluewater species.

 

I like Florida and visit often, but like anywhere else, it has it’s up and downs.  Weather wise, I’d take a northeast fall over anything Florida has to offer. If you have kids and are planning on going the public school route, they will get a much better education in the NE.

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My in-laws live in Bonita Springs, and while my wife travels down in the winter to visit for Christmas, I don't go until sometime between March-May.  March the crowds/traffic are thinning out, and by May, it's pretty quiet.  We missed all the red-tide problems this year(May 2018) and had the best trip fishing wise, that Ive ever had.  Lots of areas to explore, and if you have or can rent a kayak, the sky's the limit.

 

The area is nice, lots of shops/food/entertainment.  The traffic can get busy around the I40/I75 ramps, and the beaches are usually crowded right at the walk-overs.  If you pick your times and don't mind walking some, you can get away from the people and have an enjoyable time.  Juvi Tarpon in the mangroves from a kayak is the bomb.

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