My Showcase of Florida-Come See for Yourself!

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My Showcase of Florida- Come See for Yourself!

 

I thought I’d live in Texas, my birthplace, for my whole life, and when we moved to Florida for my husband’s job, I thought my life was over.
 

However, my neighbor told me 2 very important things:

1. Root where you are planted

2. Wait until you spend your first winter in Florida…. you’ll never leave.

It’s been over 26 years and with the exception of a few moves for work, we’re still here!  

Why Florida?

1. Just like Texas… it’s big.. and big means varied.  If you visit Tallahassee, our state capital, it’s almost like you’re in Georgia with its beautiful forests.  It can take you all day to drive from the panhandle of Florida down to Key West!  And when you arrive in the Keys, it’s like being in a different country except everyone speaks your language and you don’t need a passport.  And you’re in a different time zone: Key’s Time!

2.Good weather all year!  The average winter temperature in South Florida, for example, is 68 degrees!  And up in North Florida, the average temperature in the winter is 53 degrees!  Not bad!!!

3 There’s always something you can do, and you don’t have to worry about doing it with millions of other people!  During the season there are art festivals, farmer’s markets  and fairs going on just about every weekend.  You can go to the Delray St Patrick’s Day Parade, for example, and while it is growing each year because of its popularity, it’s still easy to attend.

4 The Beaches, lakes and rivers - Florida has 4038 square miles of total water area, 663 miles of beaches, 1197 miles of coastline, and more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways.  You can kayak, canoe, swim, surf, fish, scuba dive, water ski, Paddleboard or most anything else you’d want to do in,under or on the water!  

5 Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach-  It is where we’ve chosen to live and why not…… it was recognized as the “Most Small Fun Town in the United States.”

6. You’ll never want for visitors because all of your friends and family will want to come for a visit….. especially between December and March!

 

     
  Delray Beach  
 

One of my favorite places- Delray Beach-surf, sand and relaxation

 

 

 

 

 

Come visit us in Florida!

 

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Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Great motivating post Kathy -- we live here for many reasons and many adventures

Imagine how shocked Dale would be to see the impact of development as she lived in Perrine when it was a prairie.

Oct 02, 2013 11:29 PM #17
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Amanda Christiansen
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We just visited Florida last month and loved it.  It's always so relaxing to get down to the beach and just listen to the ocean.  We'll be back down there in January as well!

Oct 02, 2013 11:34 PM #18
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kathy,

What a lovely post on Florida.  It is really wonderful when you love where you live.  I feel the same way about our little spot on this plantet. A

Oct 02, 2013 11:51 PM #19
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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I know lots of folks who love Florida, just like you :-)  I wish AR would fix the issue I am having...when I post drafts, from say a day or so ago, to today or whenever, they don't show up on the live following list/blog roll/etc that day, rather the draft/old day!! Sooo frustrating, since I have been dealing with this for a week!

Oct 02, 2013 11:58 PM #20
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Hi Kathy - your post reads like a love letter to your state.  Florida is a much better place because of your decision to stay.   

Oct 03, 2013 12:06 AM #21
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Roger D. Mucci
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Lets shake things up at your home today!

You know that if I could, I'd be there in a heartbeat BARFF.....but we'd get in sooooo much trouble.

Oct 03, 2013 01:14 AM #22
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Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
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I am with you throughout the blog! Expecially for this one ---

"There’s always something you can do, and you don’t have to worry about doing it with millions of other people!"

Oct 03, 2013 01:22 AM #23
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Kathy Streib
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Carol-- I’d bet there are a lot of us here… those who thought we’d be here for just a short time.

 

Debbie- it’s so easy for those on the east coast.. just get on I-95 and head south.

 

Wayne- east coast or west coast, it doesn’t matter, does it.

 

Donald- exactly…. we love the weather especially in January when we’re listening to the national weather forecast.

 

Lenn- I forgot to mention, for you, gun ranges AND fishing!

 

Sheila- remember that picture in February.

 

Barbara- I will always consider myself a Texan who is living in Florida.

 

Scott- if you can get Gronkowski and Amendola back I’d go with the Pats.  

 

Jill- it’s why we have snowbirds!

 

Sharon- come visit your folks!!!

 

Mark- oops, I forgot the equestrian communities like Caloosa!

 

Joanna- wouldn’t that be wonderful… we could spend an afternoon on Atlantic.

 

Joni- who knows, I’m due for a trip  back to Texas.

 

Janis- ok….what did the AR bugs do?

 

Dale- I know exactly where that is!!!

 

Patricia- the Keys are like another country… it’s a slower more relaxed pace, very casualand I love going there.

 

Eileen- I don’t think he’d recognize that area at all.  Look at Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens.

 

Jared and Amanda- Let me know if you’re on this coast!!!

 

Alexandra- I love your photos of your farmer’s market and the beach, as well.

 

Kristin- they’re working on it.  I just realized that my post was posted twice.  I posted it, then went back in because I’d needed to  correct something.  Now I see it’s there twice.

 

Michael- very sweet of you.  We enjoy it here, especially being so close to the ocean.

 

BARFF- we would never be able to write a post on it. well we could but  goodness knows what the comments would be.

Patty- it’s what we love about this area.

Oct 03, 2013 01:44 AM #24
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Kathy, you are a great ambassador for the State of Florida. You give it plenty of soul - which is a big one in my book. Thanks for opening up my eyes - there's more to Florida than meets the eye.

Oct 03, 2013 02:22 AM #25
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Phil Stevenson, CRMP
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Kathy, great post! Many people don't realize Florida has a lot more to offer than they think, thank you for shedding some light on the subject. Florida all the way!

Oct 03, 2013 04:49 AM #26
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Bobbie Smith
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That's it! I'm packing to move.

 

I gotta live where all this fun is happening on a "small" level. EXCELLENT POST Kathy. You have such a great way with words. I cannot get over how much I want to pack and move there- right now!

Oct 03, 2013 05:56 AM #27
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Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
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Kathy, you paint an awesome picture for those who live in Florida where there is always something fun to do and beeches to walk.  I can tell you really love living there.

Oct 03, 2013 07:49 AM #28
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Conrad Allen
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Root where you are planted?  If you did that you never would have moved to Florida Kathy.

Oct 03, 2013 08:01 AM #29
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Kathy

Your post is right on target . . . . thanks for sharing your insight.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 03, 2013 09:30 AM #30
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Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
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I always remember my friend Mary, before moving down to Florida, telling me about her brother's reaction to an invitation to come to her home up north for the holidays.  "Why," he asked, "would I want to leave paradise to be cold and miserable up there."  He clearly sold her on the idea and she packed up, lock, stock and barrel and joined him in paradise some years later.  

You certainly had me sold, even before I saw your photo.

Oct 03, 2013 10:28 AM #31
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Roy Kelley
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This is a very inviting blog. So many Maryland residents are moving to Florida that the state is much concerned with the transfer of wealth.

Oct 03, 2013 08:00 PM #32
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Gita Bantwal
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Kathy, I love your post. I can understand why many people have vacation homes in Florida.

Oct 03, 2013 09:35 PM #33
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Jan Green
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Kathy - great photos and facts about Florida.  Having been there a few times, I can attest to the very different scenery and climate/weather.  Loved the Keys and been to the Panhandle several times.  What a great state!  Congrats on being included in Kerrie's State blog!

Oct 08, 2013 01:43 PM #34
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Kathy Streib
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Debb- it's a lot like Texas... you can go from one end to the other and see a different terrain.

Phil- I think some may think it's all beaches. 

Bobbie- come on down.  Hope on I-95 and head south. 

Barbara- I really do.  There is so much I miss about Texasand it is always in my heart, though. 

Conrad- true, but my husband's work planted us in Florida.

Lou- and we're just getting into the "fun" season!

Geri- my husband has said the same thing.  We rarely travel during the winter, unless we have to. 

Roy- Many of our residents are snowbirds and maintain 2 residences.  Spend the winter here and you'll see why. 

Gita- There are so many that some businesses will close for the summer.  You can tell a big difference in the traffic. 

Jan- I love the Keys as well. 

 

Oct 09, 2013 11:56 AM #35
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Marilyn Wier
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One of my favorite states! Love the miles of white sand beaches and the crystal blue water! Disney World is awesome too!!

Oct 10, 2013 01:13 AM #36
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