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Florida

Weedon Island Preserve / Photo by the City of St. Petersburg

Florida, also known as, "The Sunshine State" because of its beautiful weather, has long been known for its rich history and cultural diversity. The state has universally attracted those looking for improved quality of life as well as the ease of access to other areas of the country and world. Florida can trace its roots back 14000 years ago to the Native Americans who first populated the peninsula. The true, recorded history of the state begins in 1513 with the Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon, and since then there have been heavy influences form France, Spain and Great Britain as well as other Native American groups migrating from the south.

Florida was admitted to the Union as the 27th state in 1845 and has since grown to become an economic powerhouse with numerous draws for both singles and families alike.

Boat at sunset / Photo by the City of St. Petersburg

Although surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, Lake Okeechobee located in Southern Central Floda is the 2nd largest fresh water lake in the country and lends itself to the vast agricultural traditions throughout much of Florida including cattle, citrus, sugarcane, tomatoes and strawberries. It's interesting to note that 95% of commercial orange juice (The official state beverage!) comes from Florida. In 2011, Chief Executive Magazine named Florida the 3rd "Best State for Business."
While many come to Florida for attractions like Disney and Universal Studios, they stay because the 663 miles of white sandy beaches lead, naturally, to a rare work-life balance.

Year round, our residents enjoy golfing, fishing, kayaking, boating as well as camping.