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Worst Things About Living in Florida

Previously, I've highlighted mostly the good things about living in Florida and the Tampa Bay area. It's in my nature to do so, because I love these areas but no state or city is perfect so... Let's talk about the worst aspects about living in Florida.


Why would I try to talk you out of moving to Florida? Because you need to relocate here with realistic expectations and with eyes wide open.


My goal is that the people who choose to move here LOVE IT.


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BUGS & CREEPY CRAWLIES


Mosquitoes can make it feel like you're being eaten alive, cockroaches and palmetto bugs with wings, love bugs that try to ruin the paint on your car, and skinks - sort of a lizard/snake combination.


How do Floridians survive all of these creatures? Bug spray, screened in patios, and pest control.


POLITICS


If you haven't heard, Florida is a swing state for national elections. This is a pro or a con depending on your view point. I love living in a state where every vote matters, but the downside is being bombarded with political ads and mailers every election season.


BAD DRIVERS


Not sure why everyone is in such a hurry in Florida, but people here drive like they're trying to win a NASCAR race on a daily basis. Add on the fact that many drivers on the roads are tourists, and those factors can lead to some accidents.


Florida is populated by people coming from many different areas, driving like they were taught in their hometowns. So we're meshing together countless driving styles.


You'll benefit from being a defensive driver and please - stay out of the left lane unless you're passing another car!


HEAT & HUMIDITY


We all know it's hot here in Florida, with it being a tropical climate - also very humid. Heat / humidity itself isn't the "con" in my book, but just the fact that it's like this throughout the year. Floridians don't get much of a break from the heat. The solution is having air conditioning EVERYWHERE.


SINKHOLES


Yes, they happen in Florida - more frequently in areas where rock below the ground surface is limestone. (Florida is basically a bed of limestone) While I'm not a sinkhole expert, this issue affects a small portion of the population. There are areas more prone to sinkholes, so do your research before picking a place to live.


CRAZY NEWS STORIES


Seems like far too many news reports of someone doing something crazy involve "Florida man." Not sure why that is, and I certainly have theories...


I promise not everyone who lives in Florida is crazy, some of us are normal, boring people.


INCREASED POPULATION


Florida overtook New York a few years ago as the third most populated state. Currently, we have over 21 million residents and expected to grow 1.5% this year. With so many people, Florida struggles with affordable housing, infrastructure, and transportation issues. State and local leaders are constantly challenged to manage growing pains to allow residents to thrive without taking away all the things that make Florida such a great place to live.


There are crowded areas in the Sunshine State, but also some nice, quaint towns to get some peace and quiet.


LIGHTNING, HURRICANES & STORMS


For many, the extreme weather is a deterrent for moving to Florida. The state is the lightning capital and there is a lot of it during the frequent summer storms. Usually, these don't last very long but produce significant rain and lightning.


Hurricanes are definitely an ever present concern here, but it's a risk for anyone living in a Gulf Coast or Atlantic Coast state. Prepare accordingly and breathe a sigh of relief when hurricane season is over for the year!


INSURANCE COSTS


When you live in a state with a growing population, extreme weather, not-so-great drivers, and some fraud - you better belief insurance rates will be high! Greater the risk, the higher the prices.


So with all of the bad, why do people move to Florida? No place is perfect, but for us who live here - the pros far outweigh the cons!


Hope this information helps you understand the challenges of living in Florida, and bring sunscreen and bug spray when you come visit! You'll definitely need it...

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Melanie is a Tampa Bay area Realtor with Smith & Associates. She loves Tampa Bay area area, houses, and helping clients buy and sell real estate. She can be reached at 813-368-6084 or matkinson@smithandassociates.com


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