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Reasons not to move to Florida

Posted Jul 09 2014 12:00am
Leslie - your comment prompted me to warn you of some things.......

1. Most people come here to die. So if you are younger and live here, you will be seriously outnumbered and things like money for education will be underfunded since the voters are octogenarians.

2. Mental Health System Totally Sucks. We've been rated 50th and I think, more recently, 49th out of the 50 states when it comes to mental health funding. It is HORRIBLE. There are no state hospital beds, few crisis center beds, and lengthy waiting lists at all community mental health centers. The Short-Term Rehabilitation programs we used to have - the program that actually *saved my life* by keeping me hospitalized for six months, no longer exists. It doesn't exist anywhere in the entire state, because that is how much the Florida legislature cares about mental health funding. In other words, they do not give a shit.

3. It's hotter than hell all year around. You don't get to see the seasons ever change.

4. The governor is a MORON named Rick Scott and most likely the next governor will be Charlie Crist, a Republican turned pseudo-dem and not the woman who SHOULD be elected, Nan Rich, because people in the Democratic Party are not supporting her enough and she has fewer dollars behind her to get herself elected than Crist has for himself. Oh, and she doesn't hide that she's pro-choice.

5. The tourists. They love it here. They're annoying.

6. Disneyworld is SERIOUSLY overrated, especially if you have Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder - nightmarish scenarios ensue there.

7. The beach is really only good for getting your skin burned and giving you skin cancer. (A misconception about "Floridians is that we all love the beach. We don't.)

8. People from Canada drive 30 miles an hour when the speed limit is 70.

9. There is a Walmart on every street corner. But I guess that's true of the entire USA now.

10. Legislature doesn't care about women, or health care, or anything really, really important to many of us.  But, hey, we have the Rays games to distract us from that.

11. Racism. Abundant. Trayvon Martin. Need I say more?

12. They let people like Casey Anthony walk free here.

13. The death penalty is in full force if you're poor and black. Not so much for pretty white girls who kill their daughters though.

14. Eatonville, home of the legendary American novelist Zora Neale Hurston, is not preserved in her name. It is a run-down dump and there isn't even a statue of her there. It is no coincidence that she was black and died here in a poor house.

15. We have really giant roaches called Palmetto Bugs and they are seriously disgusting.

16. The number of nursing homes full of people abandoned by their  northern families is depressing as hell.

17. I'm probably forgetting a few things. May edit this later.

Meanwhile, you have been warned. Of course Florida has its good qualities too. But I'm not a big fan of the state I live in.

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