A New Resident’s Guide to Residing in Florida

If you’re brand-new to Florida, then you have probably already understood exactly how diverse culture is in the Sunshine State. It is important to look for a real estate agent in Palm Coast, (or which ever part of Florida you want to settle in) who knows the area and can point you in the right direction. Speaking to the Chamber of Commerce in whichever community you end up in to get all of their brand-new citizen details, you can count on the following to be constant throughout many parts of Florida.

Huge tax breaks on property and personal income tax are some of the big bonus offers to living in or relocating to Florida. Make sure to apply for the Homestead Exception to see if you get additional cuts. Unlike getting a vehicle driver’s license, submitting for the Homestead Exception, signing up to vote, or filling out a declaration of residence, will establish your residency in Florida. A driver’s license will just establish your intent to reside in Florida.

Numerous permits, and licenses are required for watercrafts, the use of coastlines and coastal areas, docks, burning, automobiles and fishing. These will typically differ according to county. StateofFlorida.com offers information specific to each of these needs and breaks them down into categories. It has links to Florida State companies to assist transferring companies or people.

Getting the best insurance for your Tampa Bay Florida home and possessions while you stay in Florida is a requirement. The recent rash of cyclones has actually inspired the Workplace of Insurance coverage Policy to rearrange themselves to serve this crucial element of Florida living. Crosscheck a few of their associated companies to make certain that your insurance coverage covers all the possibilities.

Call or visit the website for the Florida Department of Education to discover exactly how regional schools rate in your location. In reality, choosing your property according to school districts could be a great idea if you have, or anticipate raising a family in Florida. Each school also has a report on it done by the School Advisory Council Report which rates schools on performance, participation and various functions.

This is simply one of the features of Florida’s weather that people making the move ought to know about. Being prepared for Florida’s weather will make the change of moving much simpler. Make sure that you have supplies on hand throughout the year.

Expect to see a lot more of your family and friends now that you reside in Florida. Seeing you will end up being a vacation for many of them. It could conserve you cash in the long run to get year passes to a few of the attractions in or around your town or city. It also wouldn’t harm to gather some sales brochures from the local Chamber of Commerce, so you have a mini-library of resources at your fingertips for outings and amazing tourist attractions. Florida depends on tourists for its economy. Your friends and family will still consider Florida one of the top holiday areas long after you have become familiar with residing in the Sunshine State. Make sure to keep any welcome plans you get from your realtor or property owner’s association at a finger’s reach for yourself, and for visitors.

If you are looking for a real estate agent in Palm Coast, please read my reviews and contact me below with any questions you may have. Additionally, if you are looking to buy, sell or “flip” a home in the Palm Coast Flagler/Beach area, I would be happy to offer you my full support. Looking to sell your home outside of Flagler county Florida? I will be pleased to meet with you and present a market analysis of your area and refer you to a reputable realtor in your community.

Please contact me if you are looking for a real estate agent in palm coast!

All the best,

Suzanne Lynch

Relaxing 3 hour video of the Beach

As much enjoyment as you folks up north get from your ice and snow, you still should give Florida a try and see how we spend our winters down here.

One thing to note – The beaches here in Palm Coast are not white as in this video. Our sand is more golden colored due to the cochina.

If you’re planning to buy a home in Palm Coast, the beach is certainly a consideration (a major one). However, there are plenty more “draws” here than just the beach….

Bicycling, Parks/Preserves, Kayaking, Golf – just to name a few.

Ever Wonder How Florida was Created?

Question by Candyland_305: how was Florida Formed?
how was florida formed.its geologic history
help!

Best answer:

Answer by Mark V
The Florida plateau, which is the platform upon which Florida is perched, was formed about 530 million years ago by a combination of volcanic activity and marine sedimentation during the early Ordovician Period. When the Florida plateau was part of the supercontinent Pangaea, Florida was sandwiched between what were to become North and South America and Africa. Movement of the tectonic plates that compose the Earth’s crust eventually caused Pangaea to split into Laurasia (North America, Europe, and portions of Asia) and Gondwana (South America, Africa, India, Australia, and Antarctica). When North America split from Laurasia and drifted northwesterly, it dragged the Florida plateau with it.

Sea levels have had a profound effect on both Florida’s geology and ecology. The fossil record indicates a mass migration of plants and animals occurred between North and South America approximately 2 million years ago, when sea levels were much lower and a land bridge connected North America. During the last ice age, Florida was as much as three times the current land area.

In addition to being much larger, Florida was also much drier during the last ice age. It was dominated by savanna-like conditions that supported a diverse Pleistocene megafauna and included animals such as mastodons, giant armadillos, and saber-toothed cats. Near the end of the last ice age, approximately 10,000-12,000 years ago, Paleoindians arrived in Florida. Humans have been implicated in the extinction of many megafaunal species throughout North America (Pleistocene overkill hypothesis), but changing weather patterns have also been implicated. As the ice age ended, sea levels rose, Florida shrank in size, the climate became much wetter, and habitats changed. A notable example of these climatic changes is formation of the Everglades, which occurred sometime around 4,000-6,000 years ago.

In addition to influencing land mass and climate, changing sea levels have influenced Florida’s soils. Many of Florida’s modern topographic features and surficial sediments were created or deposited during periods when sea levels were high. Waves and currents in these ancient seas eroded the exposed formations of previous epochs, reshaping earlier landforms and redistributing eroded sediments over a wide area. Florida’s central ridge system represents ancient dunes that are relic habitats from periods of higher sea levels. Beneath the sea, the Florida platform acted as a marine shelf. As sea levels rose and fell, the calcium carbonate remains of sea creatures and algae formed sedimentary limestone bedrock.

Erosion of the limestone bedrock causes karst development. Karst is a terrain or type of topography underlain by soluble rocks, such as limestone. The karst landscape is largely shaped by the dissolving action of groundwater made weakly acidic as rain collects carbon dioxide from the air and from decomposing organic matter on the ground. Given many thousands of years, this geological process results in unusual surface-subsurface features ranging from sinkholes, vertical shafts, disappearing streams, and springs to complex underground drainage systems and caves.

Florida’s coastal areas are influenced by erosion as well. Rivers and ocean currents transport tremendous quantities of sediments into Florida derived from the Appalachian Mountains and southeastern coastal plain. Much of the quartz sand covering the state today, as well as the heavy mineral deposits, trace their origin to the Appalachian Mountains.

Regionally, Florida can be divided into north and central highlands and coastal lowlands.

The landscape of north Florida is dominated by the northern highlands, a series of gently sloping plateaus, bordered to the south by a scarp, which separates the highlands from the Gulf Coast lowlands. The Gulf coast lowlands extend south to the Caloosahatchee River. Central Florida is characterized by the central highlands, a series of elongated ridges. The southern peninsula is low lying and includes the Florida Everglades.

Florida’s geological history has been principally affected by changing sea levels, which influenced the formation of bedrock, the resulting soils, and surface topography. These geological factors influence Florida’s plant communities, which support animal communities. Geological history, therefore, has influenced Florida’s environment and ecology in the past, during the present, and will continue to have effects in the future.

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Kayaking in Palm Coast

Here is a video of my friend (and webmaster) kayaking just a hwlf mile from his house in Sea Colony, Palm Coast, FL
One can launch at Bing’s Landing and from there kayak out into thousands of acres of estuaries and swamps.

There is ample fishing if you are so inclined.

Spanish Heritage Trail, Palm Coast (Photos by Julie Fletcher)

A few nice palm coast images I found:

Spanish Heritage Trail, Palm Coast (Photos by Julie Fletcher)
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Image by VISIT FLORIDA

The Mala Compra Plantation archeological site is located in Palm Coast, Florida. It means “bad bargain” and was owned by Joseph Hernandez, who became the first Hispanic delegate to Congress. It was originally part of northeast Florida’s largest plantation system, in operation from 1816 to 1836.The archaeological remains provide rare structural evidence of coastal plantation layout and residential construction in Florida during the early 19th century. The site is preserved under a covered structure, with artifacts and audio exhibits to inform visitors.

(Photo/Julie Fletcher)

Spanish Heritage Trail, Palm Coast (Photos by Julie Fletcher)
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Image by VISIT FLORIDA

The Mala Compra Plantation archeological site is located in Palm Coast, Florida. It means “bad bargain” and was owned by Joseph Hernandez, who became the first Hispanic delegate to Congress. It was originally part of northeast Florida’s largest plantation system, in operation from 1816 to 1836.The archaeological remains provide rare structural evidence of coastal plantation layout and residential construction in Florida during the early 19th century. The site is preserved under a covered structure, with artifacts and audio exhibits to inform visitors.
(Photo/Julie Fletcher)