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The "Sunshine State" is by far the most popular destination for retirees in America. Blessed with a warm climate and an almost dizzying number of recreational choices, Florida attracts so many seniors (and other new residents) that it is consistently one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S. As recently as 2005, one Florida county (Flagler) had the highest growth rate in the country, and 14 made the list of the hundred fastest-growing counties.
It's not hard to understand the appeal Florida has on newcomers: an extensive and varied coastline featuring wide, sandy beaches, mangrove swamps, and the famous Keys. With a tropical/subtropical climate that encourages gardening, sun-worship, and year-round golf, Florida is filled with exciting urban areas such as Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. Historical sites like St. Augustine and Cape Canaveral are intriguing aside a surprising amount of quiet, purely rural countryside in the central and northern parts of the state.
The famous Everglades in the south, numerous theme parks and sports and extensive parks and preserves featuring boating, fishing, and aquatic activity, have all helped transform Florida from a sleepy Southern backwater to a booming state in little more than a century.
Many retirees, upon beginning their new life, find out they’ve neglected one important aspect of retirement planning: who will they spend it with? The answer to that question may affect their quality of life more than anything else. Read more...
RetireNet.com visitors represent 40 percent of the adult population and possess more than 70 percent of the country’s wealth. The 50-plus audience will grow 20 times more than the 18-49 demographic in the next five years! Read more...
Colony Cove is a resort-style community designed around an active 55+ lifestyle, with waterfront views to spare and a variety of amenities and activities to enjoy. For a comfortable, affordable lifestyle with year-round sunshine, Colony Cove is sure to be Read more...
Deciding which community is just right is a challenge. However, its a challenge that can be solved by simply doing your homework. The most important distinction to make is simply what type of retirement community you are seeking out. Some communities tout Read more...
Equity Lifestyle Properties and Retirenet.Com have launched a new marketing campaign to feature premier properties in Florida, California, Illinois, Arizona and Colorado. Read more...
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Apr 15, 2016 3:30 pm
Scholars from across the nation are in Beaufort discussing the first capital of colonial Spanish Florida, which was in South Carolina, not Florida. This month marks the 450th anniversary of the foundi...
Apr 15, 2016 3:00 pm
Florida's job growth is slowing down although the state's unemployment rate still dipped slightly. State officials say Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in March. That's lower than th...
Apr 15, 2016 2:20 pm
Five "Fantasy 5" tickets had all five winning numbers to each earn a jackpot of $46,008.15 each. The Florida Lottery said Friday that two of the winning tickets were purchased Miami and the ...
Apr 15, 2016 2:20 pm
They are the land mines of the sea, killing long after being forgotten. Abandoned or lost fishing gear, including traps, crab pots and nets, litter the ocean floor in coastal areas around the world. M...
Apr 15, 2016 1:40 pm
The barefoot farmer oversees three teenage workers as they attack weeds with spades in a sunbaked field of peanut plants, a vital cash crop often grown on Haiti's marginal farmland. If he's lucky, Fra...
Apr 15, 2016 12:40 pm
Construction on the southern end of the SunRail system is underway in central Florida. The project to expand the commuter rail into Osceola County began in April and will be complete in 2018. The Orla...
Apr 15, 2016 10:50 am
A South Florida police officer is accused of inappropriately touching two boys. The Broward Sheriff's Office arrested Coconut Creek police officer Daniel Rush on Thursday. He's charged with custodial ...
Apr 15, 2016 8:50 am
A Cuban law that bars anyone born on the island from returning by ship is discriminatory and should be eliminated, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. Kerry said the policy discriminates agai...
Apr 15, 2016 8:00 am
Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that under U.S. military rules of engagement, the Navy ship that Russian military jets buzzed in the Baltic Sea this week could have opened fire. The guided...
Apr 15, 2016 7:40 am
Free electric shuttles will soon return to downtown Tampa. The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/22xHBrF) reports that the city council on Thursday approved spending $560,000 for a demonstration project ...
News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune
May 25, 2016 11:34 am
Eric Franklin suggested that he and pregnant wife Laine name their baby after the first Lightning player to score a goal at a game they attended last year. Eight months later, Nikita Annette Franklin ...
May 25, 2016 11:19 am
Whatever happened to its mental toughness that got it here? How do you not show up for two periods? History suggests this team is very good at Game 7s, and Martin Fennelly says they'll have to be just...
May 24, 2016 3:35 pm
The all-cash transaction, which closed Friday, was the highest-priced condo sale in Tampa Bay history and the highest-priced bay area residential sale so far this year.
May 24, 2016 11:47 am
Tampa Bay Times outdoors editor Terry Tomalin died Thursday. Jack Sheppard served as sports editor during most of the 26-plus years that Tomalin was outdoors editor.
May 24, 2016 11:28 am
The Lightning says the point of the giveaways is simple: to create an experience fans can't get by watching games on their big-screen TVs at home. But it takes planning.
May 19, 2016 5:09 pm
Two years after construction began, downtown St. Petersburg's newest apartment tower is finished, offering such amenities as a yoga studio, glass-tiled sauna and rooftop pool with sweeping views of Ta...
May 19, 2016 5:09 pm
Three of the Pinellas schools have used public funds to buy supplies and services, without bids, at often inflated prices from a family of interrelated companies with ties to Newpoint and its 54-year-...
May 16, 2016 12:09 pm
"The realization that life is fragile was made immediately apparent to me," said Mary O'Connor, who retired Friday aftrer 22 years with the Tampa Police Department.
May 16, 2016 11:59 am
The Lightning has confidence in Andrei Vasilevskiy, having seen him rise to the occasion in relief of Ben Bishop in last season's Stanley Cup final against the Blackhawks.
May 13, 2016 12:18 pm
PITTSBURGH -- Watch closely Nikita Kucherov's tying goal late in Game 4 against the Islanders in the last playoff round and you'll see all elements that make him one of the league's most dynamic score...
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Preview: John Knox Village of Central Florida
101 Northlake Drive
Orange City FL 32763
We’re a full-service Continuing Care Retirement Community of more than 650 neighbors, where waving, smiling and greetings on a first-name basis are the norm.Our home base is in Orange City, located in central Florida near DeLand, home of Stetson University, ...
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Preview: Lutheran Haven
2061 Catbird Loop
Oviedo FL 32765
Lutheran Haven is a full continuum retirement community with all levels of health services on campus. The Landing’s new, beautifully appointed villas will soon be joining neighborhoods of cottages for independent living. The Landings will offer maintenance-free ...
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Preview: Village on the Green
500 Village Place
Longwood FL 32779
Senior living for a simpler life... Put time on your side when you shed responsibilities, secure your future and discover a simpler life. Independent living here is delightfully convenient, with a lifestyle that liberates. There’s the smoothly integrated ...
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Preview: Lake Ridge Village
353 W Ardice Ave
Eustis FL 32726
Lake Ridge Village is an independent living retirement community offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes in Eustis, Florida. Our month-to-month rental rates include many convenient services and amenities such as three nutritious, chef ...
Community Lifestyles: All Active Retirement Communities and Homes, Independent Living
Minimum Monthly Budget: $1,700
Preview: Sullivan Ranch Villas by Centex
21419 Sullivan Ranch Blvd.
Mount Dora FL 32757
Sullivan Ranch Villas by Centex offer spacious single-story living in a natural setting. The Durango II design is 1,632 square feet, three-bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Features a 5,000 sq ft southern-style clubhouse, Jr.Olympic pool and dog park.
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Preview: Waterman Village Retirement Community
255 Waterman Avenue
Mount Dora FL 32757
Waterman Village Retirement Community is located in Mount Dora (Central - Orlando), Florida, FL's #1 Ranked Small Town to retire to (USA TODAY). Independent Living, Assisted Living, & Nursing Care Facilities. Not-for-profit. Compare before deciding ...
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Preview: Wellsprings Residence
700 E. Welch Rd.
Apopka FL 32712
Wellsprings Residence is a Retirement Community and Assisted Living serving the Orlando Area. The facility has been established in 1994 and is family owned and operated. We provide Senior Living in Harmony. Please for a free consultation.
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Preview: Winter Park Gardens
700 Melrose Avenue
Winter Park FL 32789
The beautiful Winter Park Gardens is a paradise in the heart of the charming Winter Park, FL and is only for the privileged 55 years of age and older.
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Preview: Shea Homes at Victoria Gardens
1001 Garden Club Drive
DeLand FL 32724
Victoria Gardens is an active adult golf retirement community located in DeLand northeast of Orlando offering new homes with fabulous in-home and on-site amenities.
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Preview: ANA ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY
140 OAXACA LANE
KISSIMME FL 34743
Ana Assisted Living's goal is to optimize the welfare and dignity of each senior resident,we provide a variety of services to be committed to helping seniors to maintain their highest level of independence while improving their quality of life
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Minimum Monthly Budget: $2,000
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Four Star Homes, Inc 1035 Cedar Glen Drive
Deland FL 32724
Rethink manufactured home living. The ultimate in the Florida retirement lifestyle, Meadowlea Estates in Deland has it all. Close to beaches, NASCAR, golf, fishing, shopping and Orlando attractions. Isn't it time you came home to Meadowlea?
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