Need advice about the Ft. Lauderdale area...

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    Jun 08, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    ... Thinking of moving my photography studio to the Ft. Lauderdale area from Maine (winters are really getting to me up here). Would love some HONEST comments about the pros and cons, not just of the gay life (which I'm sure must be better), but life in general. DON'T HOLD BACK! THANKS!
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    Jun 08, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    I think a lot depends on what you find desirable in a community. I grew up in the Fort Lauderdale area and now live in Lake Worth, about 45 minutes north. There are many "cons" about living in Florida, no matter where you settle (this is what happens when your state is made of highly malleable land that is subject to speculation booms every decade or so), but there are sublime pockets to be found. That's the case with Lake Worth, which is a quirky, interesting, historic town... and that's what I'm looking for. Fort Lauderdale has some neighborhoods like that, too (Victoria Park, e.g.), but you may have a very different set of standards of what you find desirable.

    For the most part, I find FTL to be lacking in community, too spread out, high in traffic, and lacking in architectural interest. I usually don't mind visiting FTL, but I'm always happy to leave. FTL also has Wilton Manors to offer, and if you like living in a gay ghetto, you'll like it there. Personally, I like a bit more diversity in the place I call home.

    There are, of course, the "pros" that have kept folks coming here since 1910 or so: Amazing weather (if you like it warm) and no state income tax, but even those come with a caveat: the occasional hurricane and a rather mediocre educational system.

    Oh, one more good thing: Tons of shirtless guys.
    Good luck!
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    Jun 08, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    What type of photography do you do?

    If it's commercial, you may have a market.
    If it's fashion, it depends on who you already know (pretty much same with commercial but not as much).
    If it's portraits, set up your stand on the corner market and take what you can get. The competition is fierce.
    If it's art, come on down. You'll love it here. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 08, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    If you're looking to set up your photography business you're best settling for an area around Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale. Only because business can spread very thin down here and that's the central location for all of South Florida. You'll be just as far from Miami as you will be from the Palm Beaches. It's a good place to settle in.

    It's different, but sometimes that's a fun part of moving down here. (I Moved a year and a half ago from Northern Jersey outside of NYC). And yeah...the winters are killer.

    It's jacket weather here when there's 5 feet of snow up north. Definitely a plus.
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    Jun 08, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    Dougii saidIt's jacket weather here when there's 5 feet of snow up north. Definitely a plus.
    Give it a couple more years and 80 degrees will seem fucking cold, and you'll be dressed like an eskimo at 75. icon_lol.gif