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.
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...
With hints of Spring in the air after what seems like an endless winter, warm weather communities are seeming more and more attractive to retire to. Why live in an area where you look forward to a few short summer months, when you can live in warmth year 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...
The Retirement Net (RetireNet.com) today announced the launch of The Manufactured Home Community Living lifestyle on the world’s largest and most complete directory of retirement living, RetireNet.com. Read more...
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Easter egg hunt draws a hundred hounds
Apr 19, 2014 6:02 pm
It was no place for a bunny – not even a human dressed as one.
Boston Marathon 2014: Elite runners, novices ready to prove something
Apr 19, 2014 4:00 pm
It was an unusually gray and chilly April morning, even for Boston, but that didn't stop a swarm of Boston Marathon runners from expressing their joy at picking up their race pins.
South Florida rocked by heavy storms; tornado watch canceled
Apr 19, 2014 2:05 pm
The National Weather Service issued and lifted a tornado watch this morning for Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.
Current underwater search for Malaysia plane could end within a week
Apr 19, 2014 8:05 am
SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, focused on a tight 10 km (6.2 mile) circle of the sea floor, could be completed within a w...
Marlins top Mariners on Stanton walk-off slam
Apr 19, 2014 3:11 am
With the help of instant replay, the Marlins orchestrated the decisive ninth-inning rally.MIAMI – Manager Mike Redmond was ready to take the bat out of Giancarlo Stanton's hands with the gam...
'My father stabbed me,' dying man tells N. Lauderdale neighbor
Apr 19, 2014 1:28 am
A North Lauderdale man fatally stabbed his son when a dispute about a past stabbing turned violent, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
Baseball tells story of Cuba's pain
Apr 19, 2014 1:17 am
Yasiel Puig's story? It's told in different ways in every major league clubhouseFunny, the way we're numb to it all, numb to the everyday courage and drama and suffering.
Baseball family lives happily in South Florida after son's abduction in Venezuela | Video
Apr 19, 2014 12:15 am
Douglas High junior Yorvis Torrealba, son of Major League veteran, puts ordeal behind himHigh school baseball player Yorvis Torrealba doesn't take freedom for granted. Five years ago, Yorvis, the son ...
Judge hammers thief who steals IDs, apologizes - then does it again
Apr 18, 2014 11:19 pm
Even Jeffrey Groover admitted Friday that there's a pattern to what he's been doing for years - stealing people's identities, committing fraud, apologizing, then doing it all over again after he gets ...
Scottish 'aristocrats' say they're broke - but this time it's for real | Video
Apr 18, 2014 11:18 pm
Andrea and Colin Chisholm III, the pair accused of collecting welfare from two states while living like royals, have traded their luxurious lakefront homes for jail cells.
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Teen remembered at Keystone Heights Funeral
Apr 19, 2014 2:33 pm
Family and friends remember teenager at Keystone Heights Funeral
Shower possible today, drying out for Easter
Apr 19, 2014 8:40 am
Chance for a storm
Rescue dogs + PTSD veterans = Operation Orion
Apr 18, 2014 9:36 pm
Announcing Operation Orion - your opportunity to help unite a loving K9 with a deserving warrior.
Local veteran with PTSD lucky to have service dog
Apr 18, 2014 9:07 pm
Randy and Louie are a remarkable team. In fact, the two are tethered together with a special over-the-shoulder, no-hands leash almost all the time.
This is Home: April 18, 2014
Apr 18, 2014 7:52 pm
This is Home: April 18, 2014
Florida unemployment rate up slightly
Apr 18, 2014 6:55 pm
Florida's unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 6.3 percent in March.
Owner: Yelp calls to ask for money to change reviews
Apr 18, 2014 6:24 pm
Small business owners beware of telemarketers demanding upfront fee for positive customer reviews on internet sites.
Live blog: Severe weather Friday
Apr 18, 2014 6:01 pm
Stay with First Coast News meteorologists for the latest on this severe weather Friday.
Coast Guard air squadron holds change of command ceremony
Apr 18, 2014 4:04 pm
Coast Guard hosts change of command ceremony
Student of the Week: Tyler Bass
Apr 18, 2014 12:17 pm
It is Friday so that means it is time for our Student of the Week! This week we are featuring Tyler Bass at Mandarin Middle School.