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(Orlando Sentinel)   Florida's largest retirement community is also the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 46
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2014-03-27 11:43:26 PM
... temporarily.
 
2014-03-28 12:32:19 AM

WelldeadLink: ... temporarily.


When they die there will be plenty of new old people to replace them.  We're on the leading edge of the great Boomer retirement wave that will provide FL with a steady flow of old people for the next 20 years.

Beyond that, we also have one of the highest growth rates in the Hispanic population, which will help keep the population balanced with younger folks and families having kids.
 
2014-03-28 12:44:06 AM

TuteTibiImperes: WelldeadLink: ... temporarily.

When they die there will be plenty of new old people to replace them.  We're on the leading edge of the great Boomer retirement wave that will provide FL with a steady flow of old people for the next 20 years.

Beyond that, we also have one of the highest growth rates in the Hispanic population, which will help keep the population balanced with younger folks and families having kids.


With all the retired people moving there, perhaps Florida will finally sink...
 
2014-03-28 12:44:20 AM
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2014-03-28 12:44:30 AM
Sounds like a great place to open a farmers' market!
 
2014-03-28 12:49:54 AM
I happen to live near the area. Lots of strange HOA's with age limitations of 55+ to move into certain areas. Golf carts are the main for of transportation. Designer golf carts that cost as much as some real cars. One area has live music every night with strong drinks served from the square surrounding the live music. I can think of worse ways to spend retirement. Fun fact not mentioned in the article is the high amount of STDs passed from retired folk out there.

One more thing - all of this happened because the Orange Groves in the area were hit by a nasty freeze a few years back ruining agriculture in the area. This is what came out of that disaster cheap land repurposed I to this.
 
2014-03-28 12:50:49 AM

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I am not a number, I am a free man!
 
2014-03-28 12:52:22 AM
♫ The Villages ♫
♫ Florida's Friendliest Hometown! ♫

/sweet dreams
 
2014-03-28 12:52:34 AM
They should all be released.
 
2014-03-28 01:03:38 AM
Is this an ad?  I thought my ad-blocker was working.
 
2014-03-28 01:06:10 AM
I just got back from visiting my parents there for St. Patty's Day.  Big Irish parade in Spanish Springs.

The Villages is really pretty cool.  Very well maintained, lots of recreation and entertainment, and any service you could want is accessible via golf cart.

The only thing missing is young people.
 
2014-03-28 01:10:10 AM
Wow, my county lost population?!

That must be why I see all those cars with Ohio license plates heading north on 27. Keep going, guys, give the Highlands back to the CCC folks.

/Citrus, cattle, caladiums
 
2014-03-28 01:13:18 AM

arkansized: I see all those cars with Ohio license plates h


Every time I see a car with Ohio plate. I either try to back off a hundred yards or pass it hope I don't see the carnage in the back ground---with the one car from Ohio with the blinker still blinking.
 
2014-03-28 01:44:55 AM
To be fair, we have a lot of Ontario plates here this year.
But the exodus has begun. Lots and lotsa traffic this week.
Can the rainy season be far behind?
 
2014-03-28 01:46:43 AM

optikeye: arkansized: I see all those cars with Ohio license plates h

Every time I see a car with Ohio plate. I either try to back off a hundred yards or pass it hope I don't see the carnage in the back ground---with the one car from Ohio with the blinker still blinking.


They're good folks, but they sure cannot drive.
My strategy is, get in the right lane and do about 5 mph under the speed limit, and hope I don't get run over by a citrus hauler.
 
2014-03-28 01:51:44 AM
Two years ago, when we moved my mom to Sarasota, where I and my siblings grew up in the Sixties, we were amazed at the changes.  What was palmettos, scrub pine, cattle and rattlesnakes when we left in 1970 is now gated community, gated community, gated community, Publix, Walmart, gated community.  I was just astonished.
 
2014-03-28 02:16:28 AM
Population booms in the retirement communities?

Let me guess, a combination of Viagra and In-vitro?

/yay science!
//kidding. But now you can't get those images out of your mind. Old people bumping uglies and pregnant 80-year-olds
///superfluous slashies
 
2014-03-28 02:19:44 AM

Aulus: Two years ago, when we moved my mom to Sarasota, where I and my siblings grew up in the Sixties, we were amazed at the changes.  What was palmettos, scrub pine, cattle and rattlesnakes when we left in 1970 is now gated community, gated community, gated community, Publix, Walmart, gated community.  I was just astonished.


Most of the retirement goal people are now planing to move to Belize or somewhere in the Yacatan in Mexico instead of Florida where they created a 'paradise' of high crime, crappy public services and gave all the super workers all the money in the tax break and cut down on benefits for the toilet cleaners--and then wonder why someone breaks in their car or holds up a 7/11...and are so PUZZLED about that and want to move to Mexico or Belize to escape the same thing they created in the US.

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I saw... its thoughts. I saw what they're planning to do. They're like locusts. They're moving from planet to planet... their whole civilization. After they've consumed every natural resource they move on... and we're next. Nuke 'em. Let's nuke the bastards.
 
2014-03-28 02:28:42 AM
The Villages is pretty cool, but it's no Del Boca Vista.
 
2014-03-28 02:31:43 AM
One can dream.
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2014-03-28 02:54:59 AM
And all you Farkers wonder why Florida has its' own tag.

In the early 60's, my town had a population of roughly 45,000. Now it has roughly 144,000+ and increasing. In the 50's, it wasn't even on the map. Now, I wish it still wasn't.

The changes most notable are the loss of wild lands, the loss of long time citrus groves, the massive increase in traffic and the explosive increase in population.

With the population, came an increase in crime and a sharp decrease in 'friendly folks'. Even I can hardly recognize the city anymore and we went from a Mayberry RFD-type jail to two new, big, unfriendly prisons. One for adults and one for juveniles.

People are more paranoid and defensive than ever and the last housing boom pushed land values to ridiculous highs. We went from being able to camp on the beach at night to not daring to do so because (1) new laws (2) high end developments, (3) drug runners, (4) criminals and (5) the homeless, though admittedly, they cause less trouble there than anything else.

You could go metal detecting and eventually find enough Spanish treasure to make it worth your while. Now, the beaches are overrun with people metal detecting in waves, so about all you find is garbage and rusty things. Plus, at night, you might not want to do it alone.

Then you folks wonder why Florida is getting insane. Don't forget also that the alligator, once rarely seen due to being nearly hunted out, is protected and farmed and now the buggers are everywhere. To make things more interesting, we now have potentially thousands of big Boa Constrictors that are even harder to notice than a gator.

Miami may as well be annexed by Cuba since half of islands population lives there now and you actually have to speak Spanish if you want to live there.

Florida used to be a nice place. Really.
 
2014-03-28 04:03:29 AM
What's this? You say that a society composed entirely of a few rich people and the menials who serve their needs isn't a healthy, functional society?
Who's a thunk it?
Hey - maybe we shouldn't turn the whole damn U.S. into the same thing, ya think?
 
2014-03-28 04:45:11 AM
What's depressing to me is that this area used to be beautiful rolling grass fields dotted with little lakes you could stare at for hours, but that's all plowed over now.

Pave paradise and put up a retirement town.
 
2014-03-28 05:00:45 AM
Cue massive funerals in 3 ... 2 ...
 
2014-03-28 05:24:24 AM
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/What I think of every time central Florida newscasts references "The Villages"...
 
2014-03-28 06:32:29 AM
The speed limit is "SLOW DOWN!!"
 
2014-03-28 06:58:56 AM

Rik01: And all you Farkers wonder why Florida has its' own tag.

In the early 60's, my town had a population of roughly 45,000. Now it has roughly 144,000+ and increasing. In the 50's, it wasn't even on the map. Now, I wish it still wasn't.

The changes most notable are the loss of wild lands, the loss of long time citrus groves, the massive increase in traffic and the explosive increase in population.

With the population, came an increase in crime and a sharp decrease in 'friendly folks'. Even I can hardly recognize the city anymore and we went from a Mayberry RFD-type jail to two new, big, unfriendly prisons. One for adults and one for juveniles.

People are more paranoid and defensive than ever and the last housing boom pushed land values to ridiculous highs. We went from being able to camp on the beach at night to not daring to do so because (1) new laws (2) high end developments, (3) drug runners, (4) criminals and (5) the homeless, though admittedly, they cause less trouble there than anything else.

You could go metal detecting and eventually find enough Spanish treasure to make it worth your while. Now, the beaches are overrun with people metal detecting in waves, so about all you find is garbage and rusty things. Plus, at night, you might not want to do it alone.

Then you folks wonder why Florida is getting insane. Don't forget also that the alligator, once rarely seen due to being nearly hunted out, is protected and farmed and now the buggers are everywhere. To make things more interesting, we now have potentially thousands of big Boa Constrictors that are even harder to notice than a gator.

Miami may as well be annexed by Cuba since half of islands population lives there now and you actually have to speak Spanish if you want to live there.

Florida used to be a nice place. Really.


I understand exactly where you are coming from as I had the same experience growing up in Florida.

However, I still plan to retire in Florida for the climate, the topography, and the family and old friends who still reside there.

But, I WILL NOT live in a +55 community, especially like the Villages.

I want neighbors of all ages, creeds, races and walks of life. Who wants to be surrounded by old people 24/7? I'll have to live with the old asshat in the mirror full-time by then. :-)
 
2014-03-28 07:32:58 AM

AirForceVet: Rik01: And all you Farkers wonder why Florida has its' own tag.

In the early 60's, my town had a population of roughly 45,000. Now it has roughly 144,000+ and increasing. In the 50's, it wasn't even on the map. Now, I wish it still wasn't.

The changes most notable are the loss of wild lands, the loss of long time citrus groves, the massive increase in traffic and the explosive increase in population.

With the population, came an increase in crime and a sharp decrease in 'friendly folks'. Even I can hardly recognize the city anymore and we went from a Mayberry RFD-type jail to two new, big, unfriendly prisons. One for adults and one for juveniles.

People are more paranoid and defensive than ever and the last housing boom pushed land values to ridiculous highs. We went from being able to camp on the beach at night to not daring to do so because (1) new laws (2) high end developments, (3) drug runners, (4) criminals and (5) the homeless, though admittedly, they cause less trouble there than anything else.

You could go metal detecting and eventually find enough Spanish treasure to make it worth your while. Now, the beaches are overrun with people metal detecting in waves, so about all you find is garbage and rusty things. Plus, at night, you might not want to do it alone.

Then you folks wonder why Florida is getting insane. Don't forget also that the alligator, once rarely seen due to being nearly hunted out, is protected and farmed and now the buggers are everywhere. To make things more interesting, we now have potentially thousands of big Boa Constrictors that are even harder to notice than a gator.

Miami may as well be annexed by Cuba since half of islands population lives there now and you actually have to speak Spanish if you want to live there.

Florida used to be a nice place. Really.

I understand exactly where you are coming from as I had the same experience growing up in Florida.

However, I still plan to retire in Florida for the climate, the topograph ...


There are still some really nice areas.  We love the Fruit Cove/Ponte Vedra area.  We moved to Ponte Vedra from D.C. because of a job transfer. I was fully prepared to hate living in Florida.  We figured we would stay for three or four years then get out at the first opportunity.  We ended up loving it and have decided to stay and retire here.  St Johns Country has the highest rated school district in the state.  It's ranked one of the safest and healthiest communities in the country.    No traffic.  No snow.  We have the ocean, the inter-coastal, and the river.   Sure, it's hot as hell in the summer, but relatively mild winters make up for that.

I hate to admit when I am wrong.  But I was wrong about Florida.
 
2014-03-28 07:36:23 AM

Aulus: Two years ago, when we moved my mom to Sarasota, where I and my siblings grew up in the Sixties, we were amazed at the changes.  What was palmettos, scrub pine, cattle and rattlesnakes when we left in 1970 is now gated community, gated community, gated community, Publix, Walmart, gated community.  I was just astonished.


Welcome home.

optikeye: arkansized: I see all those cars with Ohio license plates h

Every time I see a car with Ohio plate. I either try to back off a hundred yards or pass it hope I don't see the carnage in the back ground---with the one car from Ohio with the blinker still blinking.


And Ontario and Indiana and Michigan.............

syrynxx: Sounds like a great place to open a farmers' market!


Or catch an STD.  Look it up.

media4.s-nbcnews.com

Probably the only good thing to ever come out of The Villages.
 
2014-03-28 07:41:11 AM

AirForceVet: I understand exactly where you are coming from as I had the same experience growing up in Florida.

However, I still plan to retire in Florida for the climate, the topography, and the family and old friends who still reside there.

But, I WILL NOT live in a +55 community, especially like the Villages.

I want neighbors of all ages, creeds, races and walks of life. Who wants to be surrounded by old people 24/7? I'll have to live with the old asshat in the mirror full-time by then. :-)


One day it will be my right as well to drive slow in the left lane, blinker optional.  Don't think I'll ever make a right turn from the left lane, though, as I've never lived in Ohio.
 
2014-03-28 07:53:28 AM

optikeye: arkansized: I see all those cars with Ohio license plates h

Every time I see a car with Ohio plate. I either try to back off a hundred yards or pass it hope I don't see the carnage in the back ground---with the one car from Ohio with the blinker still blinking.


I tend to do the exact opposite, I like to try and make them feel uncomfortable by driving erratically around anyone from a state north of Alabama/Georgia. Im sorry, but if youre not going with the flow of traffic, get the fark out of the way or I will cut you off and/or flip you the bird while laying on the horn. Because if you drive like an idiot by going 5 under the limit, hitting the brakes when theres 5 car lengths in front of you or making a lane change without turning your old, decrepit neck to se if another car is there, then you should be made aware of your mistake for coming down here. Gtfo of my state.
 
2014-03-28 08:18:27 AM

TheJadedJester: I happen to live near the area. Lots of strange HOA's with age limitations of 55+ to move into certain areas. Golf carts are the main for of transportation. Designer golf carts that cost as much as some real cars. One area has live music every night with strong drinks served from the square surrounding the live music. I can think of worse ways to spend retirement. Fun fact not mentioned in the article is the high amount of STDs passed from retired folk out there.

One more thing - all of this happened because the Orange Groves in the area were hit by a nasty freeze a few years back ruining agriculture in the area. This is what came out of that disaster cheap land repurposed I to this.


And crazily right-wing politics.  Don't forget that.
 
2014-03-28 08:39:00 AM
Del Boca Vista?
 
2014-03-28 08:51:32 AM
My parents live in the Villages, it's nice, they have a 2 golf cart garage but only one car... you can find a 2 for 1 happy hour from 10am to 10pm if you move around... all kinds of stuff to do from bowling to rc airplane clubs to whatever...

kinda Stepford though.
 
2014-03-28 09:02:54 AM
Within the greater Orlando area (in places that tourists and snowbirds don't go on purpose), you'll also find large and densely packed areas of tenements that house the "service industry" employees.  The people with low-income jobs behind the scenes at the resorts, attractions and retirement centers who keep everything nice and shiny.

Looking at Florida as a whole, I don't know that you'll find many states with as stark a "rich man/poor man" contrast.  I'm a 3rd generation Floridian, and live in that area along the GA/AL borders where counties are shown with a population decline in the census sidebar.  Similar issues, but just not as crowded.
 
2014-03-28 09:09:39 AM

delathi: kinda Stepford though.


Well, I'm sur they don't tell you about the thriving BDSM community or the naked jello twister parties.
 
2014-03-28 09:17:40 AM
Florida sucks.
 
2014-03-28 09:29:47 AM

AirForceVet: But, I WILL NOT live in a +55 community, especially like the Villages.


I'm shopping them now.
I can live there. If only to have a safe, quiet place to sleep.
Otherwise, if I'm not doing anything, I can go take an under the table job somewhere, and work with kids.
that keeps you young.

Plus, they can find you weed.
 
2014-03-28 09:50:25 AM

SoupJohnB: Within the greater Orlando area (in places that tourists and snowbirds don't go on purpose), you'll also find large and densely packed areas of tenements that house the "service industry" employees.  The people with low-income jobs behind the scenes at the resorts, attractions and retirement centers who keep everything nice and shiny.

Looking at Florida as a whole, I don't know that you'll find many states with as stark a "rich man/poor man" contrast.  I'm a 3rd generation Floridian, and live in that area along the GA/AL borders where counties are shown with a population decline in the census sidebar.  Similar issues, but just not as crowded.


I think the oddest thing about Florida is that we get a ton of poor young transplants from the North, old wealthy transplants from the North, and a ton of ambitious Latin Americans.  Great mix.
 
2014-03-28 10:07:37 AM
The Villages creeps me out. It's like The Stepford Wives meets random Steven King novel, only with lots of old people.

/next you're going to tell me that the whole thing is run by The Umbrella Corp
 
2014-03-28 11:10:30 AM

vudukungfu: delathi: kinda Stepford though.

Well, I'm sur they don't tell you about the thriving BDSM community or the naked jello twister parties.


I do occasionally speculate that, down at the end of some under development area, with empty streets, at midnight, there is some old granny about to drop her neckerchief and start another golf cart drag race as gramps and gampaw go for pink slips..
 
2014-03-28 12:46:09 PM

Loucifer: The Villages is pretty cool, but it's no Del Boca Vista.


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2014-03-28 12:46:21 PM
I used to sell cell phones a few miles from this place. Nough said.
 
2014-03-28 01:23:54 PM
All of those asshats in The Villages need to be nuked into orbit.  Swear to FSM, driving with those dicks on the road is the scariest thing you will ever experience ... especially when they hot foot off to Early Bird Specials.

/lives just north of Belleview
//avoids The Villages like the plague
///but likes slashies
 
2014-03-28 11:03:42 PM
shiat like this makes me glad I don't live in a part of the state that draws snow birds and the elderly.

/Tallahassee - great place for young people and families.
//sure, we got the crazy ass college students but they don't dominate the city anymore.
 
2014-03-29 02:53:15 AM

Lumber Jack Off: shiat like this makes me glad I don't live in a part of the state that draws snow birds and the elderly.

/Tallahassee - great place for young people and families.
//sure, we got the crazy ass college students but they don't dominate the city anymore.


Oh please. Tallahassee is a shiathole. I moved out of the Panhandle for a lot of damn good reasons.
 
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