Guys in Florida....Help Me...

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    Jun 06, 2009 11:10 PM GMT
    Ok moving to Florida...
    Origionally im sort of from Florida... I used to be back and forth.. but havnt gone since I was about 14... Of course when you are that young you dont pay much attention to what parts are nicer than others... What places are convenient... Soo... i have a pretty good Idea that I want to either go to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale... For some reason Ive never been a fan of Tampa or Orlando or South Beach... Really all I want to know is what parts are better than others... What is there to do... And what life is like night or day...
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    Jun 06, 2009 11:12 PM GMT
    Gosh I remember someone convincing me that only old people live in Florida. I had to get other opinion about what type of people live in Florida. I knew there was something up with that. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif

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    Jun 06, 2009 11:15 PM GMT
    OK, what will you be doing, working or school, and where? I'd recommend the Fort Lauderdale area for a gay man, since Miami, and even Miami Beach, don't have the gay scene they once did. Indeed, some people even view Miami as gay hostile. Gay Central is currently Wilton Manors, on the northern edge of FtL, but that whole area is very gay and gay friendly, including Oakland Park.

    I'm just running out to a Wilton Manors Chinese restaurant (where almost everyone will be gay), so can't write much, will discuss more when I return, and in private email as you request.
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    Jun 07, 2009 1:03 PM GMT
    I agree with Red....I was living on South Beach a few years ago and felt the gay community was lacking...head to lauderdale.
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    Jun 07, 2009 1:11 PM GMT
    If the decision is Ft Laud and/or Miami, well then I won't tell you all the reasons I like Orlando.

    However, I am always impressed with wilton manor, and the shopping center that is all gay......... Ft Laud has a great sense of "community" in my humble opinion.


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    Jun 07, 2009 2:17 PM GMT
    I would highly recommend the lifestyle and environment of Ft. Lauderdale over Miami! Ft. Lauderdale, I find, has the ultimate balance between nightlife, beachlife, shopping, neighborhoods, and diversity. In addition, Miami, South Beach, Key West and West Palm Beach are still close enough to visit and party at......have fun! http://fortlauderdale.gov/


    Soulasphyxia: I'm sorry, but that's incorrect. When I moved from NYC to South Beach in 1996, people were trying to convince me that South FL was mostly filled with 'older generations'.....that can not be further from the truth - even then and still not true today. There is alot of electricity and heat (and not just because of the humidity), but more about the colorful, young, sexy people that live here.
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    Jun 07, 2009 2:18 PM GMT
    well i guess i didnt orlando out... but i guess i should keep my options open...
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    Jun 07, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    yeah i used to live in tampa, not so great! well my experience with dating there wasnt the best. Im from TN so us southern boys like commitment. I doubt in miami its any better.

    your best bet tho is to live in miami because there would be more to do and at least meet people your age. Thats the thing about florida, most people there are retired and old.
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    Jun 07, 2009 2:43 PM GMT
    pedroc954 saidSoulasphyxia: I'm sorry, but that's incorrect. When I moved from NYC to South Beach in 1996, people were trying to convince me that South FL was mostly filled with 'older generations'.....that can not be further from the truth - even then and still not true today. There is alot of electricity and heat (and not just because of the humidity), but more about the colorful, young, sexy people that live here.

    Actually it WAS true, and most of them came from NYC, which is why you heard it said up there. It's just that the time frame had been earlier, when that image entered the collective memory of New Yorkers and remained there even after the reality had changed. So you would have heard that said in 1996, even after it was no longer entirely true.

    When I first started coming to South Florida in 1973 it was indeed overrun with the elderly, and most seemed to be from the New York area, identified by that awful accent. I hated going into public places like supermarkets where the irritating sound of their voices drove me crazy, not to mention their pushy, ill-mannered, arrogant attitudes.

    And the shore from South Beach to Fort Lauderdale was lined with old men in plaid polyester pants, with white belts & shoes, and often with rumpled "bucket" style fisherman's hats with a brim all around. Crabby & argumentative, you tried to avoid them at all costs.

    That's mostly all gone now, as you saw in 1996. Why that happened I'm not certain, despite the US population continuing to age. Maybe because the cheaper housing properties were demolished to make way for the mega-hotels & condos that now line the ocean for 50 miles. And after South Beach's art deco revival, once a virtual retirement community for 50 square blocks, living costs there soared, too, and the elderly became scarce.
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    Jun 07, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    Having lived in Ft Laud and Miami
    I can tell you that they are both different and where you would like to live will depend on what you like as far as lifestyle and sights and scenery you want around you

    Ft Lauderdale is more gay
    it's one of the few gay ghettos that are left here in the US
    but Miami has more of a true metropolitan feel
    it's more hispanic with a very liberal cosmopolitan population

    before you actually do move I would suggest that you spend some time in each place
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    Jun 07, 2009 2:59 PM GMT
    rosenberger_m saidyour best bet tho is to live in miami because there would be more to do and at least meet people your age. Thats the thing about florida, most people there are retired and old.

    First, see my most immediate post above about age. Second, the city of Miami doesn't offer a lot for gays, and in fact has been growing homophobic recently. The dominant culture is now Latino, which is not notably gay friendly, and Spanish is frequently spoken over English.

    If you mean the City of Miami Beach, which is an entirely different place on a barrier island out in Biscayne Bay along the ocean, then the demographic does change dramatically. But it's still not the gay mecca it once was.

    The streets and commercial establishments are dominated by tourists, and visitors from the surrounding South Florida area. Few gay nightclubs remain of the many that once existed, and there's really no concentrated gay community.

    Plus it's expensive to live there, and is removed from everything, including college campuses. The commute across the Bay causeways into Miami would be a daily drain. No, I can't recommend either Miami or Miami Beach as a gay residential area for a newcomer, when there are better choices, especially for a potential college student.
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    Jun 07, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
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    May 05, 2010 11:13 PM GMT
    HALP...

    Been in FLA 2 years... never visited Waterside Landing in New Port Richey, FL... Are they defunct....?

    Anyway, where to go for hot time around NPR, PR, Holiday FL....

    PLEASE Help. I been watching LOGO for weeks and and about ready to POP!!!

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    May 05, 2010 11:14 PM GMT
    Live in Sunny Isles, hang out daily at Haulover Beach. That's my retirement plan. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 06, 2010 12:14 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said...I'm just running out to a Wilton Manors Chinese restaurant (where almost everyone will be gay), ...


    Is this the little Chinese restaurant right near the Old Florida Seafood House on 26th Street?
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    May 06, 2010 12:16 AM GMT
    paulflexes said...hang out daily at Haulover Beach. ...


    No tan line? icon_wink.gif
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    May 06, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    paulflexes said...hang out daily at Haulover Beach. ...


    No tan line? icon_wink.gif
    What's that?
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    May 06, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    Red_Vespa said...I'm just running out to a Wilton Manors Chinese restaurant (where almost everyone will be gay), ...


    Is this the little Chinese restaurant right near the Old Florida Seafood House on 26th Street?

    On that occasion I think that was the one, called Lotus. We go to others as well, but since I said in WM, that would have been it.
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    May 06, 2010 7:51 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    GAMRican said
    Red_Vespa said...I'm just running out to a Wilton Manors Chinese restaurant (where almost everyone will be gay), ...


    Is this the little Chinese restaurant right near the Old Florida Seafood House on 26th Street?

    On that occasion I think that was the one, called Lotus. We go to others as well, but since I said in WM, that would have been it.


    OMG! Lotus Kitchen! What an abomination that place is, but boy is it a gay old time! icon_lol.gif
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    May 06, 2010 7:52 AM GMT
    qbanjock saidOk moving to Florida...


    Well that's your first mistake.
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    May 06, 2010 8:45 AM GMT
    JakeBenson said
    qbanjock saidOk moving to Florida...


    Well that's your first mistake.


    Hush...