Florida can said to be a mirror of the USA in a way. For example, I live in St. Augustine Florida. I say that I live in the New England of Florida. It is in the North East corner of the state and gets the coolest weather. It has four seasons and predominately hardwood, oak and pine as opposed to palm. It has a New England feel because it is old and historic, much like Boston. Here are many neighborhoods with kids running around not just retirees as well as expat New Englanders like myself.
In fact, the French settled in Jacksonville when it was Fort Carolina early one, like the Acadian of Maine if you may.
The Florida of Florida
However, the metaphor of the United States of Florida does not stop there. Miami is like Florida. It is the place Floridians go to retire or enjoy some warm weather in the winter. I could not believe it when I first got here. Many Floridians say they are thinking of moving further south for the warm weather. I was like what is this, this is Florida the weather is always warm. These are the ones wearing sweaters in the fall here. I guess your body adjusts. Be coming from Poland, I am still swimming in November no problem. South Florida includes Palm beach. Miami is Miami, if you may.
Florida West coast microcosm
The west coast (Of Florida and the USA) is filled with alternative lifestyles like the Amish of Sarasota or the ‘colorful’ and ‘open’ artistic communities around Tampa bay, in other words San Francisco. There is even a Hollywood, Florida but that does not quite fit the model, perhaps Miami could be the LA.
The Florida Keys are Hawaii for obvious reasons, when you are tired of seasonal variation, just go island hopping. We have said if we can not take the winters up north we will just go south for a trip to the Keys and Miami twice a year (We live in St. Johns county, Florida).
The Heartland of Florida is from Palatka west. Farms and small towns much like the center of the USA. I could not believe that the garlic in Publix is from Florida not China.Yes it is a large agricultural state in the center.
NYC of Florida
What is Orlando? I was having trouble identifying that with a particular city as it is so large and diverse, so I will call that the metropolis, much like Washington, Philadelphia, NYC etc is. It is the center of varied cultural activity and economics.
However, I think the Space coast could be Washington if for nothing else it being a government district.
I would say culturally Daytona is the Jersey shore. It’s just the way I see it, I would not want to live there unless I had to.
I have even heard they are trying to open up some Vegas type activities, but that is in the south-west of Florida of course.
Jupiter,Florida and the East coast is like lets say North Carolina and Virgina, rich and nice, but get hit by an occasional storm like the outer banks do.
I would like to say Georgia is Canada, but I would rather leave that title to North Carolina for personal bias reasons. Raleigh might be Toronto while Winston-Salem might be Montreal and the Appalachian chain of the Blue ridge mountains are the Canadian Rockies where you have Vancouver the hip and cool Ashville, NC.
The Panhandle of Florida might be something like Portlania. There are some hipsters do live there to make this work.
Much of Northern Florida is being left to others, as it seems to be the rust belt and not too rich, people move south in search of work, like the Buffalo regions of New York. Some people think is it rustic and romantic but for me, I prefer a different type of living.
Spanish Florida and the New – New Spain
Demographically southern Florida is largely Spanish like parts of the southern USA. It was once New Spain and now will again be Spanish in the far future culturally. Demographic waves are too big.
Economically the whole state is bust from Real Estate speculation. The USA is like Florida and Florida is like the USA.
Florida is a swing state in the election. In fact I think in the next election whoever gets Florida will win the election. So again Florida is the USA. I am living in the United States of Florida.