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"Raising a family in Naples Florida"


Raising a family in Naples Florida - 6/7/2009
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Bp
Naples, FL

Excellent schools here, Sub-Tropical weather is a plus. Plenty of clean beaches, palm trees with coconuts hanging and clean parks for the kids. There is also a water park here with fair prices to enter. Everything about Naples is clean and modernized. Streets are clean, roads are clean, parks are clean. Areas to stay away. There are a couple of problem areas with some crime, like everywhere else . Stay away from the Town of Immokalee and East Naples/Golden Gate City. I came down here from the Bronx NY. My area is quite, no bothers from the neighbors and very low crime. Plenty activities for kids provided by Parks and Recreation Department in Collier County. Having a car is mandatory in Florida. You can also drive to the East Coast of Florida using Alligator Alley. Go on a full tank, there are no gas stations on Alligator Alley. Hope this helps.

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toodles
Oakland, NJ

living in naples,fla - 7/3/2014

Naples florida, like many parts of florida is a nice, pleasant place to visit regarding beautiful beaches, restaurants etc. Understand this..IT IS MANILY A RETIREMENT CITY. The state itself is known for people to retire to who can handle the heat and humidity and the expense of living. Especially, in a place like Naples where if you don't have any money you will not be living in one of the nice homes. So, if you are looking to scrape by as a young person and spend days on the beach it will be a paradise for you! If your looking to make lots of money or some you will need to be a professional and find a location where your services have little/no competition and needed. You will probably do well. There is little to do there tho and unless you want to do nothing but eat out, drink, go shopping, golf or sit/walk on the beach there "ain't much to do there". Every state has its cities where it is less than pleasant for sure. Orlando isn't the best example of florida. It has no downtown, it was actually kind of creepy and run down. At least where I was passing through. Florida has only in the past 20 years or so taken off. They seem to be building all over the place. I'm a little taken back by it actually because it isn't as pleasant going to some of the beaches as it has been in the past. Houses that were small along the coast are now overshadowed by these huge houses that take away from the charm that once was a lovely area along siesta key beach has now become congested.. :-\ I guess that's progress!

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John
Naples, FL

Naples & Environs - 4/2/2014

Naples is a wonderful place. BUT when reading these reviews, comments and comparisons you must realize that Naples proper is a small city with a population of about 20,000 and then there is everywhere that the Post Office calls Naples and that includes most of the rest of the unincorporated area of Collier County (population about 300,000). We live in ZIP 34120 which the PO calls Naples but we are about 20 miles from Naples proper. It's all wonderful but is ain't all Naples.

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gloria
Fort Myers, FL

The Twilight Zone !!!!!! - 1/6/2014

2 those people that need to make a living !! STAY AWAY !! this State will break u ! I've in lived here for 7 yrs still cant make ends meet ! $8 hr or commission, most managers are 19 yrs old snott noses that u just want 2 kick the crap out of!! treating u like ur old and nothing!!!!! at 46 I shouldn't have to answer to a child telling me how to do a good job!! at 1,200 a month salary u cant afford to pay rent!!and u cant save enough money 2 Leave !!!!!!!

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chris
Naples, FL

Naples is a dead end - 8/28/2013

Naples is where you finish your life. Make your money somewhere else and then come here. I've been here for 10 years and I have had one good job only to be destroyed by the pathetic management, which you will find all over this town, poor management with ego problems. My family has been here 20 years. I went back to college and finished and decided to be close to family so I moved down here. I never wanted to work in a restaurant again. No one warned me before coming here. That's all there is here! It's either work for tips or take your $10/hour job. The job market here is a joke! My credit is taking a beating, I can't pay back my student loans, the pay here isn't consistant with the cost of living, the old people rule the town and treat even someone in their 40's like they are some young punk, most the people here are fake and superficial so it is difficult to make friends, there is nothing to do but fortunately Naples is cetrally located to Miami Tampa Orlando and Key West but those places are useless when you can't even pay your rent, the prices of homes are are rediculously overpriced, the cops are out to get you and you will go to jail even when you did no crime yet they will let people walk who are true criminals, you have to have a permit just to paint your front door, a permit for this a permit for that, they play down the real crimes hear so people will think it is safe but we have murders here and house robberies, there are no bars on the beach well except the Ritz Carlton and The Naples Beach Club but the beaches are played down too as if they aren't important, people here tend to be rude surprizingly I guess because their lives are so perfect and they have so much money that they don't have to work so they have a fkn opinion about everything, people blow through the red lights and cops do nothing about it, people here are so arrogant and feel they don't have to obey traffic laws, it is so seasonal so people here in many fields of work from food service to medical and law only make money 2-3 months out of the year then they are either fired or their hours are drastically cut. Unfortunately I will have to move away from family to find satisfying work and a lucrative income. But I feel as if I have been in prison for some time in the way I am starting over because my skills are now limited to food service. These hotels and restaurants here are so arrogant they don't recognize a college graduate as being qualified enough to do some dumb work like waiting tables or pouring drinks. I don't know why people come here for vacation either because there is literally nothing to do, no action here! It's not a bad place to raise a family but the kids are bored to death and they typically leave here as soon as possible if that tells you anything. But there is a saying that goes something like "go to Naples on vacation, get a citation and incarceration, leave on probation." It's worse in the summer because the tourists and snowbirds have left and the cops need to make their money so they really mess with the locals and pull all their sting operations with the local businesses. The other thing I noticed here is no one is faithful to their partner (boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife). The cheating here is unbelievable and it is such a small town so it can make life very difficult in a hurry when you only have so many places to go for a drink and be confronted with seeing your former and your new enemies. But I have seen so many couple come here and end up cheating and breaking up. I suppose Naples is like a high school in many ways, I am over it and ready to graduate from it. There is a fresh crop of people that are willing to come in and do their time here and learn what many of us have figured out. I love my family and just want to be close to them but this place was a waste of my time, my career, my life. If you have tons of money then this is the place, for part of the year anyway. Other than that you may find you and your masters degree working the drive through at Wendy's or maybe even a career with 7-11. Oh and places of employment here want you to have a clean criminal record, no misdemeanors. The cops and the system here loves to overcharge people for petty crimes. They hand out felony charges here like it's Halloween candy. It's not something I am personally faced with, it's the people I encounter here and their stories that add up. It's what I have witnessed. If you call the cops there is a good chance they take you to jail. Yeah, this place is messed up.

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Rod
Naples, FL

Quality of life - 8/3/2013

A great place that is improving daily.

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Chechie
Naples, FL

Naples is the best place to live for many reasons - 6/4/2013

Having contracted around the country as job related for the last 30 years, we chose Naples, Florida to continue working toward our retirement. We could have chosen any city in the U.S.to enjoy our golden years in and chose Naples due to its friendly people, beautiful and best beaches in the U.S. and the convenience of getting to them, tons of fringe benefits as a resident,climate, cost of living, overall clean and landscaped appearance of the community, shopping malls, variety. For those with negative attitudes toward this city, I am thankful you are not here. This area is very happy and uplifting and we certainly do not need or want anyone with such a horrible attitude as yours. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I am sorry yours is so ugly!! It is truly paradise here!!

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A former Naples Resident
Lexington, MA

Naples, Florida - A Horrible Place to Live, and Be - 5/10/2013

I was quite surprised (and relieved) to see all the very negative reviews about Naples, Florida. I lived there for more than a decade and I would not recommend living there or visiting there. It is a horrible place to be on many levels. People who have commented here on this site already have it right when they say it is for conservative, wealthy, old people, and it is a place with no jobs, no opportunities and nothing to do. It is also, as some have noted already, a place where there is no civil rights. If this is the sort you enjoy - a corrupt law enforcement, corrupt judiciary, corrupt local newspaper, and no opportunity, then, by all means, move to Naples, Florida and wave your American flag. For those of us who prefer job opportunities, civil rights, and free speech in these United States, the best place to live (and visit) is SOMEWHERE ELSE! Here's a little tip for you: it doesn't take any drugs or alcohol to get yourself arrested in Naples, FL for a DUI; it can happen for any reason at all, like if the police feel like they have nothing better to do at the moment. Your photo can then be published online at the local newspaper, and you and your career and life are ruined for life. So, good luck with the decision to visit or live in Naples, Florida! Not for those who are under 80 years old, not conservative, and like free speech and civil rights. A terrible, horrible, dreadful, scarey place, as many many people on this site have already noted. BTW, I am a school teacher, not a hippie or drug user and I don't drink. It is a terrible place to visit or live. Best decision I ever made: to move out!

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A former Naples Resident
Lexington, MA

Naples, Florida - A Horrible Place to Live, and Be - 5/10/2013

I was quite surprised (and relieved) to see all the very negative reviews about Naples, Florida. I lived there for more than a decade and I would not recommend living there or visiting there. It is a horrible place to be on many levels. People who have commented here on this site already have it right when they say it is for conservative, wealthy, old people, and it is a place with no jobs, no opportunities and nothing to do. It is also, as some have noted already, a place where there is no civil rights. If this is the sort you enjoy - a corrupt law enforcement, corrupt judiciary, corrupt local newspaper, and no opportunity, then, by all means, move to Naples, Florida and wave your American flag. For those of us who prefer job opportunities, civil rights, and free speech in these United States, the best place to live (and visit) is SOMEWHERE ELSE! Here's a little tip for you: it doesn't take any drugs or alcohol to get yourself arrested in Naples, FL for a DUI; it can happen for any reason at all, like if the police feel like they have nothing better to do at the moment. Your photo can then be published online at the local newspaper, and you and your career and life are ruined for life. So, good luck with the decision to visit or live in Naples, Florida! Not for those who are under 80 years old, not conservative, and like free speech and civil rights. A terrible, horrible, dreadful, scarey place, as many many people on this site have already noted. BTW, I am a school teacher, not a hippie or drug user and I don't drink. It is a terrible place to visit or live. Best decision I ever made: to move out!

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Nicki
Naples, FL

Police Officer are not fair to the innocent - 2/26/2013

My high end home in a very exclusive neighborhood home was broken into while I was going thru a divorce. Two armed men broke into my home and thank goodness that I had 2 dogs with me. One was trained as a guard dog and one was just a pet. The police did not take my situation serious at all. Their police dogs chased the scent to the end of my street stating that the men most likely had a car waiting for them. I could have been murdered that night if it was not for my dog. The police did not take any of my situation serious at all and that is due to they were friends with my then stepson. Heaven help anyone who needs a first responder police officer and hope you receive fair treatment. I am moving from Naples and I have been here for 30 years due to I do not feel at all safe in my own home due to the certain actions of my ex and the police that know him. My ex is massive pain medication drug abuser and they look away from that fact and never do anything about that situation. It is a pure shame for the rich men in this town can basically get away with murder.

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Dennice
Deming, NM

Moving to Naples - 1/15/2012

Hello My name is DeeDee and I am looking to move to Naples from New Mexico. I choose Naples because it is seems quite and has beautiful beaches. I was reading some of what others have said and It is not looking good from what others think. How horrible is the job market there? I am a Dental Assistant. I don't care about Night life as I would rather take my dog to the beach and bring a container of ice tea and watch the sun set than go partying. I have seen online some nice apts that seem affordable. So why do so many people seem to not like Naples? What about some of the good about Naples. I will be down there in March to apply for jobs and secure a place to live. Any possitive experiances?

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AJ
Fort Myers, FL

Do not move here if you are a young professional!! - 12/15/2011

Do not move here if you are a young professional!! There are not companies in this town that could hire you, I spent three months trying to find a job in the hotel industry, and no luck, nothing found, been to several interviews but nothing. You will end in a 7 Eleven if you are lucky. Must of jobs in this town are seasonal, snowbirds season from December to April, and are restaurant jobs which pay very low. Must of jobs in Naples do not required qualified people and the range of pay is from $8.00 to $10.00. It was really frustrating for me, at least I made the decision to move out of that miserable town where people just go to spent the senior years or to die.

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Rick
Naples, FL

What makes Naples such boring town. - 11/25/2010

Eight month ago, I moved out here from Hollywood, Florida, to spend more time with my precious daughter. I've been divorce for 13 years, but I have always been there for her. She is about to graduate from High School and we parents know, how difficult it is to deal with them at that age. To compound the problem, there is absolutely nothing to do in this city but to go to the movies. In the past three weeks, I have seen the movie Wall Street, at least 10 times. Golf? I do not play any golf.Furthermore, it is almost impossible to make any friends. Nobody talks to anybody anymore. Back in the good old days, neighbors knew each other.Kids could play outside safely. If there was a BBQ on a Sunday afternoon, everybody was invited. Sadly, that is not the case anymore. I can't wait for my precious daughter to graduate. I will be out of here the following day.

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jean
Naples, FL

fishing - 9/16/2010

I am from Pa. Florida fishing is great!

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Bp
Naples, FL

Real Estate an Investment in Naples - 8/19/2010

Naples has been my home for 10 years now a mid point to being a native. Very few people who live here are natives. Most of us seem to have gotten to Naples by way of Vacation, looking for good weather in the winter months, searching for an investment property or lucky enough to be relocated early in our professional careers. Naples has proven to be everything that we were looking for as we began to think about retiring. The diversity in Naples begins with the fact that people come here from all over the world. Again what may begin as a travel or vacation area very soon results in folks; from Canada, Germany, Sweden, UK you name the country, wanting to own their part of this Gulf Coast Paradise. You will find everything here in one form or another, fine arts, Philharmonic, boating, fishing, white sand beaches, fine restaurants. Luxury seems to be a key word describing Naples Florida. It's Luxury Boats, homes, condos. One of my favorate things to do is have lunch with a friend at one of the outside cafe type restaurants on 5th Ave S in Old Naples and "People Watch". You can pick the visitors out quite easily and know by watching them that they are glad to be in Naples. Old Naples is the place to be when in Naples; special events go on year long, with additional emphisis on what is typically called season when our population can as much as double when our friends from all over the world come to enjoy our beautiful winters where temperatures generally range in the low 70's.

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Bp
Naples, FL

WOW - 8/14/2010

Naples has some of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen, and some of the most expensive places to live. Which is great if you are rich. Its a real shame that the "average" income person cant afford to live here. I am a single working "gal" and wanted to start a new live here in Naples, but that is not possible with the salary I make(no job market either)unless I want to live among the drug dealers and "mean" people of Naples (Crimes areas). Where do the nice, clean, honest, kind hearted people in Naples go to live? They dont live here, they leave!!!! they cant afford it. Instead seems Naples is left to the "people with money" that are hateful, rude, could care less about others, or the people that want to sell you drugs, do propery damage or casue problems for others.

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Gary
Naples, FL

Download to e-mail a friend - 6/25/2010

I'm having trouble downloading the sight to send to a friend of mine. I click on "Share", then "e-mail" and there's a pop up that says "loading", but it doesn't do anything......Help!

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Rob
Naples, FL

It takes a certain mindset to live here... - 6/3/2010

After working in the Naples area for over 2 years and living here permanently for close to a year, I've given moving some serious thought. As a transplant and a 21-year old student at the local college I can tell you there is not a whole lot to do here and it is difficult to advance or find new opportunities. Like many will say it is quite diverse, but people generally keep to themselves and their own background or tax bracket making the diversity nothing to write home about. Being yourself is not really encouraged, so if you decide to come here you'll want to find a niche and you better hope your pockets are lined with money or you will be quite bored. It's kind of a shame, because the town itself is really nice, well-kept, with great beaches and pleasant winters. It's one of those places you will either love or hate, so consider taking an extended vacation to see everything and do some research. If you can't afford said vacation, you certainly won't be able to afford an enjoyable living here.

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Kim
Lawrence, MA

relocating to Naples - 1/24/2010

I am relocating to Naples from MA. I am really looking foward to meeting new people and enjoying a new lifestyle. Any good ideas?

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Herm
Naperville, IL

retirment - 1/12/2010

looking at all the areas around Naples

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Nancy
Bonita Springs, FL

Very pretty place to live - 9/9/2009

Naples gets a lot of negative reviews by people who live in Southwest FL or have visited the area. In my opinion, sometimes it's because they can't afford to live there or find a job. I'm not being snobby, because I can't afford to live here either! lol However, I worked in Naples and rented a home on the Naples/Bonita line for many years, and it's very safe & clean. I would not recommend moving to Naples unless you already have a secure job and enough money to support yourself, since the opportunities are very limited. However, no matter what people write about the uppity & arrogant residents (which is completely true) you can always find bad & nice people wherever you go and Naples is no exception. There are plenty of hard-working middle class people living in Naples, especially in Golden Gate Estates & Golden Gate City. Just because you don't see them dining at the overpriced restaurants and designer shops or driving around in new luxury vehicles, this well-deserved stereotype doesn't represent the entire community.

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