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Thread: thinking of moving to Florida. Some input/advise would be appreciated..

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    hi shawn-
    here is the link to the faast florida spinal cord injury resource center:
    http://www.flspinalcord.us/
    you'll find some good information there.
    best wishes on planning your move.

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    Super Moderator Sue Pendleton's Avatar
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    Might talk to a tax advisor too. Florida has no income tax but does tax intangibles over a certain amount. You could probably counter any tax there by buying various Florida state tax free bonds.
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    I just got out of Florida 3 years ago. After three Hurricane hits in two years & I lost half of my Roof on the last hit. I was done. No electricity for a month each time because all the electric lines are above ground & the poles were broken in half. I couldn't take the sound of wind for months. I was shell shocked. I use a power chair & hospt bed. The generator I bought ruined the bed motors because the current cycle wasn't powerful enough. Lost use of my bed for weeks. Neighborhood looked like a bomb went off everything destroyed. All Nursing service is halted during a hurricane, which is nuts. In some cases you are forced to evacuate to a shelter & sleep on a cot. Insurance dropped us. It cost me $6000 a year for insurance the final year I was there & they dropped us as well. I didn't pay property taxes for 15 years but it wasn't worth it. If I were walking I could deal with it better, but not in this chair. People are out of work for weeks sometimes. Price gougers etc. Long lines to get food & water. Tap Water is not drinkable. It like the fall of civilization. Go to Arizona its safer there! Sorry for the grim picture but that’s what I went through.
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    Hey there, I have to agree with PMR DOC.

    I was born and raised in Ireland and moved to U.S. early nineties and picked Florida as it was warm, flat, cheap and accessible! Perfect! But I have to say, if I ever had to live in the south ever again it would only be in the lower Florida Keys. The main problem is the 8 months the year when the humidity just sucks the life out of you and you can become a prisoner to your home and the A/C. I live in San Diego county for past 3.5 years and only wish I'd moved here right off the bat! If you do go, keep it very coastal.

    Cheers, Roller

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    I wouldn't underestimate the over-bearing humidity in Florida, especially as a quad.

    I can handle hours of exposure in California's 100 degree heat versus only 30-60 minutes in the 85-90 degree heat and 100% humidity on the East Coast.

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    shoc13

    Did you move?

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    Fla. bound, anyone here have regrets?

    For all the reasons an Fla. move is sure inviting to our busted up bodies, I'm afraid it might not turn out to be the best for our families, ie; those needing to work.
    Is this the case for any CC members??

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    I lived in Tampa for a number of years and liked it. My urologist was in Miami, Dr. Angelou Gousse. I don't think you are eligible for the exempt property tax. I can recommend a neurologist if needed. I lived in the South all of my life so the humidity was not an issue. There are some great home values right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by corruptmonk View Post
    if you're thinking still of relocating to Florida, it is a good idea to look down south. If you're afraid of the hurricane months then you might go inland away from the coasts. Condos are most likely immune to the weather due to reinforcement but single-family homes are most likely affected when you're out in breakwater.

    you DON'T/CAN'T avoid hurricanes in south florida by going "inland" as u say....there really is no inland...10-15 miles in from ocean u hit everglades ...the hurricanes go right across the state...they dont just affect the coasts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheel Travel View Post
    I lived in Tampa for a number of years and liked it. My urologist was in Miami, Dr. Angelou Gousse. I don't think you are eligible for the exempt property tax. I can recommend a neurologist if needed. I lived in the South all of my life so the humidity was not an issue. There are some great home values right now.
    Are there income caps for quads buying homes in Florida when it comes to the property tax break? Is Tampa that humid in the winter months? I can deal with heat but have serious issues with high humidity.
    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

    Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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