Go Back   British Expats / Usenet Groups / rec.travel.* / rec.travel.usa-canada

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools
Old Sep 5th 2004, 12:04 am   #1
puzzled
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Why do people live in Florida?

A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really don't
understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of having
to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone explain
this to me.
 
Sponsored Links
Old Sep 5th 2004, 12:28 am   #2
Louis Boyd
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

puzzled wrote:
    > A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really don't
    > understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of having
    > to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone explain
    > this to me.

It's explained by warm weather, nice beaches, and senility. Also cheap
hurricane insurance. The Bible also explains it. Something about fools
building their homes on sand.
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 1:04 am   #3
Vandeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

"Peter L" <Peterl68@hotmail.com> wrote in news:2pv2q1Fpc0rrU1@uni-berlin.de:
    > Where else would you want them to live? Twister alley? Earthquake
    > country? Buffalo?

Earthquakes and tornados don't hit the same neighborhoods every few years.
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 1:05 am   #4
Peter L
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

<puzzled> wrote in message
news:4thkj09p6jhm7ufu334h2ec8el96e21gle@4ax.com...
    > A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really don't
    > understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of
having
    > to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone
explain
    > this to me.

Where else would you want them to live? Twister alley? Earthquake
country? Buffalo?
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 1:08 am   #5
Orion
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

Floods damn sure do...

"Vandeman" <caspam@doj.ca.gov> wrote in message
news:Xns955AAD9C634A4x12@216.251.47.166...
    > "Peter L" <Peterl68@hotmail.com> wrote in
news:2pv2q1Fpc0rrU1@uni-berlin.de:
    > > Where else would you want them to live? Twister alley? Earthquake
    > > country? Buffalo?
    > Earthquakes and tornados don't hit the same neighborhoods every few years.


---
Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com).
Version: 6.0.749 / Virus Database: 501 - Release Date: 9/1/2004
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 1:13 am   #6
Ken1959
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

Neither do Hurricanes. We got hit hard by Andrew. Since then, nothing,
including Frances currently. What we have gone through this time is now
worse than a summer thunderstorm.

Ken

"Vandeman" <caspam@doj.ca.gov> wrote in message
news:Xns955AAD9C634A4x12@216.251.47.166...
    > "Peter L" <Peterl68@hotmail.com> wrote in
    > news:2pv2q1Fpc0rrU1@uni-berlin.de:
    >> Where else would you want them to live? Twister alley? Earthquake
    >> country? Buffalo?
    > Earthquakes and tornados don't hit the same neighborhoods every few years.
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 2:07 am   #7
Pete Platis
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

<puzzled> wrote in message
news:4thkj09p6jhm7ufu334h2ec8el96e21gle@4ax.com...
    > A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really don't
    > understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of
having
    > to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone
explain
    > this to me.

Well , hurricanes are one reason but Florida has a host of others to
stay away:

1. Cockroaches ......LOTS OF EM ( also known as "palmetto bugs" in order to
water down the icky factor, don't be fooled though, they are just larger
roaches......that fly........very well) and a plethora of other pests that
you WILL come into contact with on a personal level whether you want to or
not..........this includes scorpions and brown recluse spiders btw, both
poisonous.

2. Staggering humidity ( well not all of florida but anything south of the
tropical line is brutal)

3. Job market isn't so great.

4. There ain't no mountains, not a one!. There has basically GOT to be
something wrong with that. In fact , the highest point in the state is only
a measely *345* feet high!.

5. Swamps........hell most of the state is a swamp.

6. Highest percentage of over 80 year olds behind the wheel of a
car.......THAT can't be a good thing.

7. Alot of white trash, yeah I know that can be found in alot of states.
Just seems worse in Florida for some reason though.

8. Basically Florida has one or 2 seasons, depending on where you live in
the state. For a 4 season kinda guy like me , not a good thing.

9. Alligators coming into contact with people in or near their homes,
killing or maiming them and/or their pets. It's not a good thing. Been
happening more frequently too.


10. FLORIDIANS ARE VOTING-MACHINE CHALLENGED.


In case any of you are wondering, yeah I spent a couple of years in that
awful state.


Enjoy the remainder of your evening.
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 2:14 am   #8
Pete Platis
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

"Pete Platis" <bikenut1@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:kFt_c.6743$Wv5.4636@newsread3.news.atl.earthl ink.net...
    > <puzzled> wrote in message
    > news:4thkj09p6jhm7ufu334h2ec8el96e21gle@4ax.com...
    > > A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really
don't
    > > understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of
    > having
    > > to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone
    > explain
    > > this to me.
    > >
    > Well , hurricanes are one reason but Florida has a host of others
to
    > stay away:
    > 1. Cockroaches ......LOTS OF EM ( also known as "palmetto bugs" in order
to
    > water down the icky factor, don't be fooled though, they are just larger
    > roaches......that fly........very well) and a plethora of other pests that
    > you WILL come into contact with on a personal level whether you want to or
    > not..........this includes scorpions and brown recluse spiders btw, both
    > poisonous.
    > 2. Staggering humidity ( well not all of florida but anything south of the
    > tropical line is brutal)
    > 3. Job market isn't so great.
    > 4. There ain't no mountains, not a one!. There has basically GOT to be
    > something wrong with that. In fact , the highest point in the state is
only
    > a measely *345* feet high!.
    > 5. Swamps........hell most of the state is a swamp.
    > 6. Highest percentage of over 80 year olds behind the wheel of a
    > car.......THAT can't be a good thing.
    > 7. Alot of white trash, yeah I know that can be found in alot of states.
    > Just seems worse in Florida for some reason though.
    > 8. Basically Florida has one or 2 seasons, depending on where you live in
    > the state. For a 4 season kinda guy like me , not a good thing.
    > 9. Alligators coming into contact with people in or near their homes,
    > killing or maiming them and/or their pets. It's not a good thing. Been
    > happening more frequently too.
    > 10. FLORIDIANS ARE VOTING-MACHINE CHALLENGED.


Relax floridians. I'll post a list on the good things in
florida. Tough to come up with 10 of em though :).


    > In case any of you are wondering, yeah I spent a couple of years in that
    > awful state.
    > Enjoy the remainder of your evening.
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 2:27 am   #9
William Brackeen
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

"Pete Platis" <bikenut1@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:kFt_c.6743$Wv5.4636@newsread3.news.atl.earthl ink.net...
    > <puzzled> wrote in message
    > news:4thkj09p6jhm7ufu334h2ec8el96e21gle@4ax.com...
    > > A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really
don't
    > > understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of
    > having
    > > to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone
    > explain
    > > this to me.
    > >
    > Well , hurricanes are one reason but Florida has a host of others
to
    > stay away:
    > 1. Cockroaches ......LOTS OF EM ( also known as "palmetto bugs" in order
to
    > water down the icky factor, don't be fooled though, they are just larger
    > roaches......that fly........very well) and a plethora of other pests that
    > you WILL come into contact with on a personal level whether you want to or
    > not..........this includes scorpions and brown recluse spiders btw, both
    > poisonous.

Most of these insects can also be found in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi,
and Louisiana. Scorpions and brown recluses are also native to Tennesse and
Arkansas, probably Texas, the Carolinas, and Oklahoma. That covers most, if
not all, of the Southern United States.
    > 2. Staggering humidity ( well not all of florida but anything south of the
    > tropical line is brutal)

Again, see most of the Southern US.

    > 3. Job market isn't so great.

I'm sensing a theme here.

    > 4. There ain't no mountains, not a one!. There has basically GOT to be
    > something wrong with that. In fact , the highest point in the state is
only
    > a measely *345* feet high!.

Ok, Florida takes the hit on this one. But I don't consider that a bad
thing. I live in Arkansas and every day I curse what these hills are doing
to my gas mileage.

    > 5. Swamps........hell most of the state is a swamp.

Ok, I'll give you swamps.

    > 6. Highest percentage of over 80 year olds behind the wheel of a
    > car.......THAT can't be a good thing.

Ditto.
    > 7. Alot of white trash, yeah I know that can be found in alot of states.
    > Just seems worse in Florida for some reason though.

See my answer to No. 1.

    > 8. Basically Florida has one or 2 seasons, depending on where you live in
    > the state. For a 4 season kinda guy like me , not a good thing.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I'd get rid of winter in a
heartbeat if I could.


    > 9. Alligators coming into contact with people in or near their homes,
    > killing or maiming them and/or their pets. It's not a good thing. Been
    > happening more frequently too.
    > 10. FLORIDIANS ARE VOTING-MACHINE CHALLENGED.
    > In case any of you are wondering, yeah I spent a couple of years in that
    > awful state.
    > Enjoy the remainder of your evening.
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 2:32 am   #10
EüPhemism
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

<puzzled> wrote in message
news:4thkj09p6jhm7ufu334h2ec8el96e21gle@4ax.com...
    > A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really don't
    > understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of
having
    > to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone
explain
    > this to me.


You should probably review the specifics with more care. I lived in Florida
for 25 years and endured only one hurricane - it was a Cat-1 wimp named
"David" in 1979. Andrew was the only really devastating hurricane that came
close to where I lived - and it was terrible. It was supposed to hit the
Palm Beaches, but it never turned north and just went straight in - it
actually "missed" the most major population areas of south Florida. Had it
come in 50 miles further north, the damage could have easily been 10 times
worse.

This is the first hurricane in modern history to affect this extensive of a
stretch of population. There have never been evacuations involving 2
million people. This storm is "raking" the coast starting just at Ft.
Lauderdale all the way up to at least Melbourne. Nasty, nasty, nasty.

Property values have gone shithouse in Florida over the last four years.
Maybe this will stop that madness.

This season will clearly be a modern record for the number of people
directly impacted by hurricanes. The bad news is that there are three
months of hurricane season remaining - and there's another storm already out
there - by the name of Ivan.

You may marvel at the stupidity of Floridians as they hunker down during
these storms. That's okay. They have all snickered at your expense as they
sat on the porch, sipping coolers and watching the coverage of those
relentless winter storms that bury the north every single year. The shots
of people slowly sliding their cars into poles, walls or other vehicles was
always my personal favorite.

Ü
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 2:37 am   #11
Pete Platis
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

"William Brackeen" <william_brackeen@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
news:sYt_c.16990$Ay7.14892@newssvr22.news.prodigy. com...
    > "Pete Platis" <bikenut1@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:kFt_c.6743$Wv5.4636@newsread3.news.atl.earthl ink.net...
    > >
    > > <puzzled> wrote in message
    > > news:4thkj09p6jhm7ufu334h2ec8el96e21gle@4ax.com...
    > > > A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really
    > don't
    > > > understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of
    > > having
    > > > to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone
    > > explain
    > > > this to me.
    > > >
    > >
    > > Well , hurricanes are one reason but Florida has a host of
others
    > to
    > > stay away:
    > >
    > > 1. Cockroaches ......LOTS OF EM ( also known as "palmetto bugs" in
order
    > to
    > > water down the icky factor, don't be fooled though, they are just larger
    > > roaches......that fly........very well) and a plethora of other pests
that
    > > you WILL come into contact with on a personal level whether you want to
or
    > > not..........this includes scorpions and brown recluse spiders btw, both
    > > poisonous.
    > Most of these insects can also be found in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi,
    > and Louisiana. Scorpions and brown recluses are also native to Tennesse
and
    > Arkansas, probably Texas, the Carolinas, and Oklahoma. That covers most,
if
    > not all, of the Southern United States.
    > >
    > > 2. Staggering humidity ( well not all of florida but anything south of
the
    > > tropical line is brutal)
    > Again, see most of the Southern US.
    > >
    > > 3. Job market isn't so great.
    > I'm sensing a theme here.
    > >
    > > 4. There ain't no mountains, not a one!. There has basically GOT to be
    > > something wrong with that. In fact , the highest point in the state is
    > only
    > > a measely *345* feet high!.


    > Ok, Florida takes the hit on this one. But I don't consider that a bad
    > thing. I live in Arkansas and every day I curse what these hills are
doing
    > to my gas mileage.



Consider yourself blessed. I think it's safe to say there are more
than a couple million Floridians who might want to trade in a few less extra
MPG for the safety of high-ground right now.













    > >
    > > 5. Swamps........hell most of the state is a swamp.
    > Ok, I'll give you swamps.
    > >
    > > 6. Highest percentage of over 80 year olds behind the wheel of a
    > > car.......THAT can't be a good thing.
    > Ditto.
    > >
    > > 7. Alot of white trash, yeah I know that can be found in alot of states.
    > > Just seems worse in Florida for some reason though.
    > >
    > See my answer to No. 1.
    > > 8. Basically Florida has one or 2 seasons, depending on where you live
in
    > > the state. For a 4 season kinda guy like me , not a good thing.
    > >
    > Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I'd get rid of winter in
a
    > heartbeat if I could.
    > > 9. Alligators coming into contact with people in or near their homes,
    > > killing or maiming them and/or their pets. It's not a good thing. Been
    > > happening more frequently too.
    > >
    > >
    > > 10. FLORIDIANS ARE VOTING-MACHINE CHALLENGED.
    > >
    > >
    > > In case any of you are wondering, yeah I spent a couple of years in that
    > > awful state.
    > >
    > >
    > > Enjoy the remainder of your evening.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 2:39 am   #12
EüPhemism
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

"Louis Boyd" <boyd@apt0.sao.arizona.edu> wrote in message
news:chdj2v$aj3$1@oasis.ccit.arizona.edu...
    > puzzled wrote:
    > > A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really
don't
    > > understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of
having
    > > to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone
explain
    > > this to me.
    > It's explained by warm weather, nice beaches, and senility. Also cheap
    > hurricane insurance. The Bible also explains it. Something about fools
    > building their homes on sand.


That is not what the story means. When you find one about fools building
their houses in swampland, you'll be getting closer.

Ü
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 2:47 am   #13
Chris
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

puzzled wrote in message news:<4thkj09p6jhm7ufu334h2ec8el96e21gle@4ax.com>. ..
    > A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really don't
    > understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of having
    > to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone explain
    > this to me.

North Carolina has more hurricances hit than Florida most likely. Go ask them...
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 2:48 am   #14
ScanMan
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

Amen to that. I don't care where you live, you have hazards. Umm, that's all
part of the wonderful world we live in.

What's that old song, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine...

A Happy Floridian:)


"eüphemism" <eüphemism@charter.net> wrote in message
news:10jkr5mo3vv5cd7@corp.supernews.com...
    > <puzzled> wrote in message
    > news:4thkj09p6jhm7ufu334h2ec8el96e21gle@4ax.com...
    > > A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really
don't
    > > understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of
    > having
    > > to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone
    > explain
    > > this to me.
    > >
    > You should probably review the specifics with more care. I lived in
Florida
    > for 25 years and endured only one hurricane - it was a Cat-1 wimp named
    > "David" in 1979. Andrew was the only really devastating hurricane that
came
    > close to where I lived - and it was terrible. It was supposed to hit the
    > Palm Beaches, but it never turned north and just went straight in - it
    > actually "missed" the most major population areas of south Florida. Had
it
    > come in 50 miles further north, the damage could have easily been 10 times
    > worse.
    > This is the first hurricane in modern history to affect this extensive of
a
    > stretch of population. There have never been evacuations involving 2
    > million people. This storm is "raking" the coast starting just at Ft.
    > Lauderdale all the way up to at least Melbourne. Nasty, nasty, nasty.
    > Property values have gone shithouse in Florida over the last four years.
    > Maybe this will stop that madness.
    > This season will clearly be a modern record for the number of people
    > directly impacted by hurricanes. The bad news is that there are three
    > months of hurricane season remaining - and there's another storm already
out
    > there - by the name of Ivan.
    > You may marvel at the stupidity of Floridians as they hunker down during
    > these storms. That's okay. They have all snickered at your expense as
they
    > sat on the porch, sipping coolers and watching the coverage of those
    > relentless winter storms that bury the north every single year. The shots
    > of people slowly sliding their cars into poles, walls or other vehicles
was
    > always my personal favorite.
    > Ãœ
 
Old Sep 5th 2004, 2:49 am   #15
Delta
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Why do people live in Florida?

Why do people live where it snows? I can't imagine going out and
having months and months and months of horrible cold wet snow. It
snows every year why would you do that to yourself?

Why would people live in Kansas where there are tornadoes every year?

Why would people live in California because of the smog and
earthquakes and mudslides?

People live where they want because they like what is there.


On Sat, 04 Sep 2004 19:04:11 -0400, puzzled wrote:

    >A massive hurricane seems to hit Florida every few years. I really don't
    >understand why people continue to live there. Don't they get tired of having
    >to evacuate every summer, and having their houses destroyed? Someone explain
    >this to me.
 
Closed Thread

Go Back   British Expats / Usenet Groups / rec.travel.* / rec.travel.usa-canada

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

All times are GMT. The time now is 5:43 pm.


Powered by vBulletin: ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
© 1999-2010 BritishExpats.com