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St. Augustine, FL


Living in Northeast Florida - 7/5/2010
We have lived here for about two years now since I was hired by a firm in Jacksonville, which has unfortunately now closed its doors due to the economy. The recession hit pretty hard down here and the area has been slow to recover. Thankfully we were able to sell the house we left behind, and have not yet bought a home here, so we hope to ride it out renting until things improve. We like the climate (about what you'd expect: pretty much three seasons with some occasional winter frost and not as hot and muggy in the summer as further south). It's great having the beach nearby, and old St. Augustine is full of charm and attractions, albeit somewhat touristy. Jacksonville on the other hand, where my job was, is a pretty unappealing place with many abandoned buildings and empty storefronts downtown. They're barely holding on to the Jaguars, and the various festivals etc. try to inject some live into the urban core, but compared to other cities we've lived in, it basically doesn't compare. I am actively searching for a new job, and that search will probably take us to yet another city, but we won't mind. Hope that helps.
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