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The Santa Barbara of Florida -- does it exist?

Aside from Miami, does Florida have any place that has a culture not predominantly catering to retirees, families, or tourists? I'm an early thirties guy looking to spend a weekend somewhere in the state with a friend that's interesting, authentic, and youthful. Being near water is a nice to have, but not a requirement. [more inside]
posted by graytona on Mar 10, 2014 - 23 answers

 

What makes "Ride Captain Ride" so different?

The song "Ride Captain Ride" has been in heavy rotation around my house lately. There's something about this song that seems . . . different. I can't quite put my finger on it because I'm not a musician myself. I am not fluent in the language of chords and notes and that sort of thing. That said, I can't help but notice that this seems to stand apart from traditional North American pop/rock music. What distinguishes this song, if anything? You need not explain this to me Like I'm Five (as they put it on another webiste) but please be aware that I don't have a music-theory background. Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Is there grownup fun to be had in Orlando, Florida? (Or San Diego...?)

We are thinking of visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for a much-needed vacation and planning to stay there for a week (since we're flying across the country to get there), but upon cursory research, it seems that the Wizarding World is very small and will take probably half a day. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Mar 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Vacationing soon to Port St. Lucie / Fort Pierce area - would love tips!

What nature trails are recommended in the area? What tours are there [art, science, culture, nature] that are budget-friendly and deep in interesting information? Where is the best beach within an hour? [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Feb 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Florida for lazy people

I'm going to Florida next week with my old parents, so I'm looking for activities and places to go for people who prefer not being too physically active. We'll be staying in Miami, Key West, and Naples. [more inside]
posted by myntu on Feb 8, 2014 - 9 answers

What is the best zoo to see in southern Florida?

I want to visit a zoo in Florida. I will be in Miami and Orlando in july. What is the best zoo to visit? [more inside]
posted by Kilovolt on Feb 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Abuse resources near Jacksonville

I'm looking for resources for a young woman looking to leave her abusive household near Jacksonville, Florida. The woman in question is a distant relation of legal age, but still living with her parents.
posted by mkb on Oct 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Help my parents find a place to live in Florida

My parents have decided to relocate from Long Island, NY to Florida sometime in the next year. They will be taking a few trips down to try to get a sense as to where they might want to be, but are pretty clueless about the different areas/cities and what would work for them. Can you help me narrow it down for them? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by msjoannabanana on Oct 3, 2013 - 13 answers

To breathe or not to breathe

I am currently living about 5 miles from a coal-fired power plant. The smoke plume is obvious and seems somewhat ominous. Should I be worried about adverse health impacts? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Sep 17, 2013 - 14 answers

It's not the heat, it's the humidity. Using a mini fridge part time.

So I have a seven year old mini fridge, very similar to this one, only seven years older. How can I use it minimally? Or should I let it go 24/7? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Aug 21, 2013 - 5 answers

FL Homeowner's Insurance 90 days after the closing...is it possible

Through a paperwork SNAFU, we failed to secure homeowners insurance at closing on the house we purchased (with cash, no mortgage) in Florida 78 days ago. Now we keep getting told by multiple Florida insurers that because the house was not insured within 30days of closing, they will not write a policy for it. They do say "If you get insurance on it, we will be happy to write a policy for you" [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I help Marissa Alexander stand her ground?

What can an ordinary 20-something do to help Marissa Alexander who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot? [more inside]
posted by rip on Jul 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Welcome to my scarcity issues about summer

Where to stay on Sanibel/Captiva Islands in Fl in February? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Why offer a witness who may hurt your case?

Martin/Zimmerman filter: Why did the prosecution call John Good to testify today, knowing Good would say Martin was on top of Zimmerman making 'downward motions' with his arm? IANAL, but if you are, or not -- help me understand the calculation.
posted by LonnieK on Jun 28, 2013 - 17 answers

What flooring would you want in a Miami condo?

We have inherited a dated 2 bedroom condo in Sunny Isles, Florida that we intend to sell in the autumn. The market for permanent residents and snow birds is pretty strong, and we've decided not to do a gut reno, but do want to "neutralize" it somewhat with fresh paint and flooring. White paint is easy to decide, but how to replace the 10 year old blue carpet is puzzling us. As a Floridian, would you want / expect ceramic throughout a 2 bdrm condo or laminate "hardwood"? Why? Our realtor advises ceramic tile throughout, but as Ontarians, that seems weird for bedrooms. I have seen this question but our situation is really focused on immediate resale in an upper middle class community - universally attractive is more important than durability.
posted by Heart_on_Sleeve on Jun 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Is there life for an active couple in their late 50's in Sarasota Fl?

We are looking to live near the water and have tried Miami and LA and are now on the shoreline of Ct. The only problem is; we can't afford to buy a house here and the winter is a bit of a deal breaker. Thinking of moving to the West coast of Florida for the water and the warmth and would love to hear anyone's experience of this area. We have thought of Sarasota and would be open to other cities or large towns. We are both active, still working, (self employed) very liberal and interested in great food and a community of interesting people. We couldn't be somewhere where everyone is retired. Any thoughts?
posted by privatechef on Jun 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Seeking a Wedding Venue Near Boca Raton, Florida

Hi there! My fiancee and I are looking to get married in Florida in either the spring or fall (hopefully when it’s not boiling hot). We plan to invite about 200 people and we’re looking for a venue where we can have both the ceremony and the reception (and if it were a hotel as well, all the better). We’re looking for someplace within a 45-minute drive of Boca Raton, so we’re talking about places like Delray Beach, Boca del Mar, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach all the way down to Fort Lauderdale. (There may be other places nearby besides the ones I’ve listed.) The trick is, we’re looking for an INDOOR venue that’s more than just four solid walls. Ideally we’d like something with lots of windows and a view, and maybe even a patio. If anyone has any ideas, we’d be very grateful. TripAdvisor or Yelp links are *especially* welcome. Thanks everyone! Much obliged to MetaFilter!
posted by rockinitoldskool on Jun 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Travel advice sought for a 40th birthday getaway.

My awesome wife will be turning 40 soon. Help me plan a surprise weekend trip, probably to Florida! [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Apr 23, 2013 - 10 answers

SF Bay to Tampa Bay

We live in the San Francisco Bay area and we are considering moving to the Tampa Bay area. Where in Tampa/St. Pete would we not hate living? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Apr 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Road Trip! Gainesville, FL to Austin, TX this fall. Suggestions, advice?

I've used AskMeFi for travel advice before and it's been invaluable. This time I'm planning a road trip from Gainesville, FL to Austin, TX around Halloween to coincide with a music festival I attend each year. I've been to the United States (NYC, San Francisco, and the Pacific Northwest) many times but never to the south – with the exception of Florida if that counts. Do you have any suggestions, places to definitely see, places to definitely avoid? More below if useful... [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Hotel Recommendation in Orlando, Florida

Looking for a hotel recommendation in Orlando in a couple of weeks. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Chartering a course for the next eight years

What have you experienced/what would you ask about at a soon to be opening charter school? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Mar 27, 2013 - 14 answers

One Day in the Magic Kingdom

We have exactly one day to spend at Disneyworld at the end of next week. We'll be taking our 4.5 year old to the Magic Kingdom. How can we make our visit enjoyable and not rushed? [more inside]
posted by gaspode on Mar 19, 2013 - 30 answers

Where to stay in St. Petersburg, FL area with 5 year old daughter?

Help my family decide the best place to stay for the most awesome beach vacation ever in the St. Petersburg, FL area. Overwhelmed with choices + unfamiliar with area = help! Many snowflake details inside.... [more inside]
posted by griffey on Mar 10, 2013 - 9 answers

West Palm Beach relocation help!

Where is a good place to live in or around West Palm Beach, FL? (My definition of "good" seems to be the opposite of the way our realtor is guiding us.) [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice on Mar 4, 2013 - 12 answers

We want to see seashells on the sea shore

This June, we will be visiting family in the Ocala FL area, and would like to take our three year old to the beach to look for shells and splash around. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Mar 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Orlando kitschy vacation

My wife and I are taking a quick vacation in Orlando this weekend. We've both visited the area several times before (usually for work) so have visited the big parks and usual tourist attractions. We want this vacation to be different. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Mar 1, 2013 - 15 answers

Kennedy Space Center tours?

We're visiting Kennedy Space Center in March and have time for one (and only one) of the tours. Does anyone have any tips/suggestions? I'm leaning towards the VAB one but could be swayed.
posted by smackfu on Mar 1, 2013 - 12 answers

What's the mid Florida coast like for winter rentals?

We are looking for a way to get out of the cold for at least two months during the northeast winter and have been trying to figure out if its possible to rent a small ( one bedroom) place in the coast of Florida. But not near the hustle and bustle of Miami or Boca. We are looking for a laid back sleepy and affordable spot to be and stay warm during Feb/March, any ideas?
posted by privatechef on Feb 28, 2013 - 11 answers

The Standard Hotel & Spa in Miami. Let's Talk Parking

So I will be staying at The Standard Hotel in Miami next week. I will only be staying there on weeknights. From what I read on the internet, valet is $37 and takes sometimes an hour to retrieve your car. Thus I have several questions: [more inside]
posted by jennybento on Feb 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Where to go on a weekend getaway from Orlando

My wife and I (early 30's) are visiting my parents in Orlando for a week in mid-March. They have kindly offered to babysit our 2-year-old for a couple of nights. We will have a car and 2 nights to go somewhere. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by thenormshow on Jan 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Weird fun with kids after Xmas in St. Augustine, FL?

What are some fun off-the-beaten-path activities to do with kids (boys 12 & 9) in the Saint Augustine, FL region during the week after X-mas? The more nature or weirdness involved, the better.
posted by chr1sb0y on Dec 24, 2012 - 7 answers

I haven't used my ice scraper in ages, am I a Floridian now?

Alachua County, Florida lawyer needed to help with in-state tuition problems. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2012 - 5 answers

How to see America in July?

My friend who has never been to the US has four weeks for an epic road trip/vacation. The catch: it's in July. What are the must see sights that won't induce heatstroke? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Dec 5, 2012 - 33 answers

Restrooms in Key West?

How easy or difficult is it to find available restrooms when walking around Key West? [more inside]
posted by pupperduck on Nov 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Miami Beach for Thanksgiving Weekend

I'm going to be in Miami Beach with my mom for Thanksgiving weekend. Any suggestions for your favorite places to go in the Miami Beach area? My mom really wants to take a day trip to the Everglades, and I'd love to find some fun twentysomething things to do. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Oct 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Walt Disney Playlist?

Our family spent a week in September at Walt Disney World (Florida), staying at Pop Century, visiting three of the parks. How can I find the soundtrack to the holiday? [more inside]
posted by kreestar on Oct 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Need a gay-friendly doctor in Tampa area.

Gay-friendly doctors in Tampa/Pinellas county? [more inside]
posted by caveatz on Oct 4, 2012 - 2 answers

Estate-filter: How to cash a check made out to a long-inactive non-probate estate?

Misterben, my husband, is the sole beneficiary of the estate of his late grandmother, who died over twelve years ago. Last month, it came to light that his grandmother had a life insurance policy, and the insurer sent a check to Misterben's cousin D (his grandmother's niece, and the executor of the estate). Cousin D was unable to cash the check because it was made out in the name of the grandmother's estate. Neither the cousin nor Mr B have a copy of the will to prove that D is in fact the executor, since it was so long ago. The estate was too small to have gone into probate court, and neither Mr B nor cousin D remember the name of the lawyer who handled it. What can Mr B and/or his cousin do that would enable them to get the check cashed? The estate was in Florida, D lives in South Carolina, and Mr B lives in Washington state. There are no personal issues between Mr B and his cousin, and the cousin is happy to pass along the money once she can cash the check. It is a not huge but not insignificant amount, so he does not want to let it go.
posted by matildaben on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Foreign currency exchange in Gainesville, FL?

Where can I change my Sterling and Euro banknotes to USD in Gainesville? [more inside]
posted by pont on Sep 16, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm going to South Beach and I'm as boring as Mitt Romney...

So, I'm going to South Beach, FL for the first week of October. But I don't do nightclubs, don't drink much, and usually fall asleep by 11PM. You are of course thinking to yourself "this guy is crazy!" Crazy I may be, but I'm wondering what is there to do in south Florida that does not involve (1) nightclubs, (2) excessive drinking, (3) staying up very late. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Sep 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Yet another "Where should we live?" post

Yet another "Where should we move?" question, unique to my family of course. [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Sep 4, 2012 - 14 answers

The warehouse is gone. But the mortgage isn't.

My friend bought a warehouse in Florida. It fell down. Now he has a mortgage on a slab and some land. What's a way he can make enough money on this thing to cover his mortgage? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 3, 2012 - 23 answers

It's raining, it's pouring, the drip drip is boring

How do subsequent insurance claims work in conjunction with previous claims? Isaacy Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2012 - 5 answers

physically disabled and unable to afford legacy health insurance

My mother is physically disabled and unable to afford legacy health insurance. We need to reduce costs some how but don't know where to turn. [more inside]
posted by Highest_Of_Fives on Aug 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Things to do in the Miami area... during a tropical storm.

I am meeting my parents (both in their late 60s - early 70s, but fairly active) in Miami for the whole of next week. They're flying in from abroad and I am flying from California. We had plans to drive around the area a little bit and see the sights with not a lot of planning, but that was before Isaac came along. I haven't seen my parents in a while and it will be good to spend some time together, so I am not cancelling the trip. What are some good things to do in the Miami area in the wake of a tropical storm? We'll be staying in South Beach and we have a car. Tips of great restaurants, museums and (indoor?) activities are appreciated.
posted by gertzedek on Aug 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Pitfalls or advice for a family of 4 driving a rental car from upstate NY to FL right before X-mas?

Got any advice or pitfall warnings for a family of 4 who may be driving a rental car from upstate NY to St. Augustine, FL, on December 22-23 (weekend)? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Aug 20, 2012 - 15 answers

Tips and Tricks for a large group at Disney World?

I've seen questions about Disney parks on here, but I'm looking for specific tips for a trip with tons of little kids - both in Florida theme parks and on the Disney Dream ship. What has worked for you? [more inside]
posted by tacodave on Aug 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Finding the Campaign Stops

How can I find Presidential Campaign stops around my home in Central Florida? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Aug 11, 2012 - 1 answer

Could my birkenstocks be {causing,exacerbating} my lower-back pain?

Could my birkenstocks be {causing,exacerbating} my lower-back pain? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jul 23, 2012 - 10 answers

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