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You left out one of the most vital things that led to the growth of Florida: the invention of modern air conditioning. Without it, Florida would still be nothing but a swamp.
@nes999 good old swamp coolers. A big block of dry ice blowing in your garage is so nice while your working😎✊🏻
@mage davee ya its the humidity that kills you not the actuall heat. High humidity makes it harder to breath, kinda like sitting in a sauna untill you cant take it no more
I grew up in freaking Wellington which is west palm beach…. Big spread out and congested now! In 1982 I moved to wellington florida and it was a great place to grow up I was fortunate! Rode my bike 3 miles to elementary school and fished and dirt bikes in the backyard when we weren’t running in the woods! Good times!! My adult life has been chaotic to say the least but hey that’s what makes it interesting I guess! I’ve lived in NC,CA,Maryland,wisconsin and I forget oh hawaii for a year that was fun.. I hope he mentions gibsonton carnival village of all the carnies! Live and travel from there! It’s wild to drive through those little areas
My parents grew up in the 60s/70s in Miami and they tell me they grew up without AC. I can only imagine.
Florida resident here, yes but at least the wild Florida men would have never came to the gas stations of Florida
Just a couple points worth mentioning: mangrove trees are literally what kept Florida intact before all of this. They keep the shorelines intact with their roots even during hurricanes. This also keeps the areas inland from having to get hit as hard by the water surges. By removing the mangroves to create beachfront property, they horribly ruined their own safety net.Not only that, but after Seminole tribes had been forced to relocate to Florida, now their land was being taken over AGAIN as the wealthy elite decided to create this miserable fantasy world for themselves.
Would love to add, if you want a deep dive on the mistreatment of Florida's ecosystems check out the book, "Everglades River of Grass" it goes over the history of the glades and how much we tried to fuck it over (to the point where we started to drain them, only for it to go so horrible wrong we had to fix it)
@KanyeTheGayFish florida is a giant shthole filled with extremely unhealthy boomers experimenting with fascism while they wait to die from their heart disease epidemic.Florida is really a perfect microcosm of everything the baby boomer generation has stood for. Endless greed, destruction, self absorption, anti intellectualism, and political extremism.What will be interesting is what a dilapidated hell hole of a state florida will be in 30 years when the vast majority of them have met the grim reaper.
This is so in accurate
People will get by. Boo hoo.
@Drumsgoon how is that relevant? Netherlands is geologically different. It is a tax haven though
I'm Norwegian and naturally I've grown up and lived my entire life in a post-glacial mountainous country with forests and fjords with no sunlight for almost six months of the year. Florida seems like a totally different planet to me. I was in Jacksonville in April and it was so bizarre. It was so warm and sunny and flat.
hello fellow norsk who also lives in FL
@Justankitty I've lived in Florida since 1978. It is humid most of the time, rains frequently in the summer, less in the winter. Humidity drops in the winter and spring, which is when most tourists visit. It's dry enough so static electricity is a problem in Ocala in January. Strangely, in Tampa it would rain across the street but remain dry on the other side.
It is very different here. You have a come back you’ve got to see our springs are springs produce water so clear it doesn’t even look real and see though sad it’s as white as snow in Northwest Florida and right now it’s January mid January And I’m not even wearing a sweater thinking about going in the pool tomorrow
@JP Sayermayor Your hatred, intolerance, and stereotyping are all duly logged and noted. Sad.
It is in fact SO flat, skyscrapers are taller than the highest point in Florida And there's a pretty big park near my house which has a small hill (maybe the size of a small 2 floor building) and if you tell anyone in the area 'hey let's meet up at the hill' pretty much everyone will know EXACTLY where it is.
As someone who grew up in the state, fantastic video. I would make one major correction: Florida was NOT late to statehood. It became a state in 1845, same year as Texas, before California, and before the Civil War. Nevertheless, Florida was a swampy backwater until the railroads and air conditioning transformed the state.
@Edward Greenberg yep, Florida produces more cattle than Montana.
@Jane Bucs Fan Mr. Truman visited Florida often as did countless numbers of rich folk pre and post the railroads. They did not make laborious trips of 1,000 miles to recreate in a swamp. The author would have the reader believe that the masses were too stupid to live near the beaches or on farms which are now among the elite horse training facilities in America. You can't grow citrus, tomatoes or raise cattle in marshes and swamps yet somewho Florida has been a top algricultural state for decades and remains so. Lots of folks live and work on those farms and groves. Jacksonville now has a population of 1 million people - it is a port, non-tropical weather with not a swamp in site. I have somehow missed the alleged swamps/estuaries that once comprised what is now Orlando's theme parks.
Everytime he said that I thought, ummm No. I took FL history so I know the truth. I thought it was an error until he said it again. But I disagree about swampy backwater because the early settlers didn't live in the swampy areas. They built on high ground and built houses with cross ventilation so no aircondition could be comfortable.
@Edward Greenberg out of the 13 states not the original 13 colonies, what number was Florida? I think it was 4th to last and WV shouldn’t really count as it’s statehood was prompted by the civil war, and the last two states after Florida were the furtherest west. So yes it was objectively late to statehood for its location and westward expansion of the US.
@kosmos American settlers moved in and began to resist Spanish and Seminole control. After years of border arguments, Spain finally agreed to cede the Florida Territory to the U.S. in 1819 by signing the Adams-Onis Treaty, signed by Spanish minister Luis de Onis and U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams. It became a US Territory in 1822 and a state 23 years later. Spain "decided" to cede the territory in lieu of "unconditional surrender". The US permitted the face saving gesture as a matter of diplomacy. The Spanish were losing and the Seminoles were leaving/had left in big numbers.
This is a good video but it is sort of left out that a lot of us that are born here are in poverty. Our most famous cities and attractions do not represent our state with good understanding. This video kind of brings it up when it mentions those who worked on the railroad as opposed to the hotels. So many people think of Florida as alligators, oranges, and tourist attractions, not a place where people live.
Exactly, struggling to stay above the red each month bc my pay barely covers bare necessities and rent. Can't afford to move out of Tampa 🙃
This is exactly how I feel after watching this. I live in Florida and have grown up here my whole life. My family is definitely not upper class though, far from it. I kept waiting to hear about the part of Florida where the people like me lived, and it just..never came. It's probably understandable because compared to whatever the heck they were doing on the east coast we weren't really doing much, but still
It leaves out a whole lot. I would call this Yankees and the Elderly move and develop parts of South FL. I wouldn't say The Villages applies to even what he was talking about in terms of the growth. But to be honest you could make a twenty hour series to discuss all of the issues of FL which make it unique, make it why it's now the 3rd largest state in population, why it's major diversity in people (Southern, Yankee, Mid-western, African-American, Native American, Foreign born American or person with a visa, etc.), why despite Hurricanes people are still clamouring to move here.
Maybe because it's basically the same everywhere else.
That's the sad truth of Florida nobody talks about or specifically avoids to deter from the image of Florida. I lived in Fort Lauderdale for a year working for a hotel and couldn't stand it any longer. The endless urban sprawl and huge upper/lower class gap was a nightmare to live in even without the raging hot summers and hurricanes. I truly feel sorry for the working class people stuck living there.
As a Floridian, I’d like to add something: the Ocala National Forest. This is a massive region of thousands and thousands of acres, with almost no major roads running through it, but just enough minor and unpaved roads that the really weird people can find places and form communities away from the watchful eye of the government. Around here, people are able to do a lot of illegal shit, but no one will really care, if they even knew. Imagine the deserts of New Mexico, but with a fuck load of trees to hide you. It breeds insanity.
Fascinating! I lived in Florida for years, not that far from Ocala National Forest, but I had no idea it was like that!
Some one needs to do a documentary.
Don't forget the crazy amount of people that go missing in that forest.
@Swamp Castle I only drove through on Highway 40. Didn't go inside the park.
There are a lot of squatters in the area. Unwise to think you can just hike, bike, or off-road and only have to worry about just wildlife encounters.Never got anything but dirty looks when we drove through one of their random camps that ran along a back road.Go in as a group. Go in armed.
Florida is being ruined by overdevelopment, largely by big companies who come from out of state to capitalize on our resources and then underpay all of the local subcontractors. It’s become increasingly crowded and expensive over the past several years and many of my friends have moved away to escape these things, as well as the insane heat and humidity that descends anywhere from May to June and refuses to leave well into the fall.
Lee County was a disaster before Ian. Many, many long time residents are bugging out, including me. "You call something Paradise, kiss it goodbye." The Eagles
Georgia is next.
@Michael Snachez 2.2 million is not a lot...
@Adrian we had a 2.2 million people increase in 3 years, yes they are
@Birdman LOL, now it turned into lock down and vaccines? Jesus christ, thanks AGAIN for proving my point. You're a fucking imbecile. LMFAO.
I’m surprised this video didn’t mention the influx of Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans from the 60s-80s that has made south Florida uniquely a majority - minority area and has established a distinct culture in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
I completely agree. Literally such an essential piece of information.
@Luis Marin lmao thats funny! Miami is not all of florida and all of florida doesnt act like miami! Florida has rich culture due to the Seminoles the ones you know as afro american!
Bro skipped the biggest influence in modern Florida 💀💀
@Alyssaurus Kind of hard to vote for a socialist after coming from a socialist country...
Florida has distinct culture everywhere the blk ppl r in Florida. Many still practice their indigenous roots.
As a Florida native who traces his family heritage back to a Florida property deed dated 1854, this is one of the best presentations of the uniqueness of Florida I have ever seen. There is always something a little more to say, but for the short duration of this viedo, this was excellent. The pacing, the historical footage, the bio-diversity, narration, etc. were all well done. Thank you! I am going to share this video far and wide.
Florida has such awesome history!
As someone who's family dates from about 1942, I think almost all of this video doesn't apply to my family's experience. It talks about a few communities but not the overall majority of the state. This video doesn't apply to the majority of the West coast which is where I grew up. My mother's family lived in the middle of the state. I'd say this video is about Yankees and the elderly coming down to FL. Also he said twice in this video that we were late to statehood which just isn't so.
@Sally Smith7 Palatka, originally, although the Palatka today does not have same boundaries as it did then.
@Michael Tolliver 🤫
You’re a bot and this is a political hit
Always interesting to see an outsider’s perspective. Henry Flagler did a lot to help Florida take off, but he’s an afterthought compared to air conditioning. Once AC became widely available, the population skyrocketed.
@Krane I've lived in Arizona for 28 years after living in Florida for 28 years, and while I miss some of the people in FL - despite the occasional 110 I'll take AZ fo sho.
@acemarcola only the panhandle and north interior peninsula
Agreed. Widely available AC is what makes it appealing to the masses the past 50 years. Florida is an amazing place, and my home, but most people wouldn't live here all summer without AC. Ive gone summers without AC before, and its pretty brutal.
@Tommie Dragon - Not the same. The only reason the humidity in Florida is not 100 percent is because mosquitoes displace some of the space that water molecules would take up otherwise.In the States you mentioned, at least the lower humidity gives your sweat a chance to cool you.The Florida climate is the main reason the Seminoles are about the only tribe that was never conquered by the United States. AC and pesticides absolutely made this subtropical mosquito-infested jungle tolerable for urban development.
What a terrible legacy we've left the younger generations. Florida's environmental destruction. Thanks to our irresponsible REPUBLICAN leadership in this state. Build build build. Builders can do no wrong. Let business do whatever the hell they want. Thanks for destroying Florida REPUBLICAN AHOLES
Its really depressing to see that Florida's entire history as a state is just a long saga of destroying its natural ecology.
I'd say it's more just wasteful
Yep. That's what I was thinking.
every state and every country has done the same
Money u gotta love its after effects of its corruption
@Swamp CastleI would say Florida moreso than the average place has had a history of such destruction, but overall I agree with your statement.
People who want to see a great documentary on the Villages. I can recommend Vice's Golf, Booze and Guns, inside boomer paradise. It's rather long but it describes both the appeal and negative sides of the Villages, the environmental impact, the displacement of locals and the social 'safe space' bubble it creates. And by doing so it basically describes the entire state of Florida.
I've' seen it. Definitely worth the watch.
We live in a condo on the ocean in Ft. Lauderdale. We are seniors who still work full time. The average age of the folks in our building is about 52. We are within walking distance of all the clubs, restaurants frequented by 20 somethings during spring break as well as upscale adult eateries. I own a classic car which I drive regularly. The cars in our garage inclulde 2 Rolls Royces, numerous Porsches, Mercedes, BMWs, Mustangs, Camaros and other collectibles. We live on the ocean with the Intracoastal our rear view. There are very few planned activities. Our life style is as close to that of The Villages as it is to that of our 50 years in Manhattan. My brother lives on the west coast in a community with lots of kids in a 3,000 sq ft house, 3 car garage - as disimilar to The Villages or our abode in Ft. Lauderdale. Fl lifstyles are not homogenous. Their are 170,000 registered watercraft in the state and many folks call their big boat/yacht "home".
As a life long Floridian, there is so much uniqueness in our state that we have done most of our family vacations in our own state (seriously). We'll go to the mountains from time to time but there's so much to do here it really isn't necessary. It's convenient when the kids are young to drive a few hours and you are in a different world than you just came from.
Native Floridian here, one thing that's also talked about when the villages are mentioned is the crazy STD rate it's known for.
I do hear that life after menopause can turn very horny very quickly, just by hormones alone
Lemon parties everywhere. lol
Urban myth that will not die. STD rate for the 3 counties which The Villages are located in is no higher than anywhere else. The myth was started in 2009 by a reporter from the NY Post. Don't take my word for it. Google it. Great sound bites trump boring actual statistics every time.
I guess it must be a fun place! It sounds too artificial and too conservative for me though.
Thanks. This is the kind honest disclosure that is welcome and that would benefit many potential home buyers! It's the kind of disclosure that is rarely available when developments are first opening! Esp your revelations about Cape Coral which probably would not be found in any sales brochure! I know from owing 2 homes (not in Florida) that the idea of "disclosure" is a joke. Any older home will have problems and they won't tell you about them (inspector may sometimes give hints but not always).
While I love visiting Florida for its subtropical ecology/wildlife watching (birds and reptiles) this video does a great job explaining why I’m not a fan of its built/populated environment.
I live in Fort Myers and I hate how Cape Coral looks. You enter Cape Coral and suddenly there’s like barely any trees. Also during hurricane Ian EVERYONE came to cape coral in the beginning to get gas and supplies. It was a nightmare driving.
As a resident of Cape Coral I can tell you your 50K number for canal access is grossly understated
The Villages are exactly what it would look like if someone were to design my personal hell
I am a northerner (NJ) that graduated from Flagler College - which is what now occupies Henry's first FL hotel, Hotel Ponce De Leon - and now live in the state... Florida is weird. I'm a real estate developer (who cares about the planet and its wildlife) and am always shocked by the insane clearcutting and 'land reclamation' that large companies do to make space for enormous new developments. Moreover, much of the zoning dictates that new built structures are effectively required to play in to the dystopian car-centered nightmare that the USA is cementing itself as, thanks to absurd parking and drive aisle requirements/restrictions, forcing people to use cars to travel everywhere.
@Emsnews Supkis I miss snow every holiday season. It was more the darkness and grey skies I couldn't do anymore, Haha.
@TryAgainPlease Snow is beautiful and fun to romp in if you live on a mountain. I have snow plows.
@The Law Although I don't even know which post you're referring to, I didn't flag anything. That said, walking to work sounds wonderful. Once again, I think your comprehension of what I'm saying is lacking - the current "real world" zoning makes such a thing a nearly impossible feat, as it forces a heavy focus on vehicles over people. If your job is something which dictates having a vehicle... like a long distance away, or package delivery, or what have you, a vehicle makes sense. What doesn't make sense is forcing the people which occupy towns to play second fiddle to inanimate vehicles. Towns are for people, and they should be designed as such - allowing for easy flow of pedestrian traffic and the movement of vehicles being utilized for the good of the town's occupants.
@Emsnews Supkis There are certainly areas which have changed. Unfortunately change is inevitable - I was lucky enough to have lived in both urban and rural NJ in my time there, each with their own pros and cons. Old homes and buildings are beautiful things which should be preserved, I truly appreciate the work you did to keep them around - too often the first solution to a minor inconvenience in building is to tear the existing structure down, resulting in a loss of history, architecture, and waste of materials (although not everything old should be saved, haha, as I'm sure you know well... old shouldn't automatically mean significant.). Mountains and forests are something that I wish Florida had, but alas, the weather makes up for it most days.
@TryAgainPlease You flagged the post you lame. Walk to work, ya right welcome to the real world.
I have lived in Florida my entire life. I absolutely love my state. But over the years it has changed so much. I live on the east coast and work in Palm Beach. The amount of people that have moved here, especially since covid, is insane! Everywhere I look there is a new gated community or apartment building being built. The roadways, especially 95, are crammed with impatient drivers. The slow pace lifestyle of Florida no longer exists. The diverse ecosystems are being destroyed daily and the native animals are being pushed from their homes because of all the humans taking over. I absolutely love my state and all its weirdness. I am glad I got to enjoy it before all this development., because everyday it's being destroyed by developers. If you have decided to move to our state, please take care of it!❤ thanks for the video!
Unsurprising given that it's among the fastest growing states in the country and that there is warm weather and low taxes, just to name a few reasons...
@Getting Introspective yes please stay in NC! We were so locked down and punished during covid! Oh wait, our governor wasn't an IDIOT
Too much traffic and to many angry drivers. Slow traffic stay right.
It still exists…. up in the panhandle! Unfortunately, people have realized that though and more keep coming… I can’t blame them though… it is a great place for families, beaches and easy going lifestyle.
@Chardonnay Rutherford The issue is the numbers and the problems created by development. Drinking water will be a growing crisis in FL.
Very interesting. In Arkansas, there is a similar, slightly less ambitious "Village". --- Everyone has heard of "Hot Springs". --- About 15 miles north of "Hot Springs", there is a totally different town, called "Hot Springs Village". --- "Hot Springs Village" is a "gated community", mostly retired from "Up North", I think about 16 miles from West Gate to East Gate, with three lakes that support water-skiing. --- Very hilly, not as densely populated as Florida Villages.
My best friend is an international student at a college close to Tampa, so when hurricane Ian hit the students had to evacuate, and where were they evacuated to you ask? The villages. Imagine some hundred college students just hanging out in this massive retirement community for like 4 days during a hurricane.
I went to UCF in the mid-2000s and worked at the college arena there. It was all college kids and retirees. I have like 20 surrogate grandparents!
@no username pfft community culture is weird
@no username Just wear a red MAGA cap, you will fit right in.
Most old people in 55 community and older are mean af
Another weird, planned community in Florida is the town of Celebration just outside Disney World. In fact, it WAS created by Disney. So, you know how EPCOT was supposed to be this very futuristic city and that's why Walt bought so much land for it in FL? Well, that didn't happen, because Walt died, and EPCOT became a "permanent World Expo" theme park instead in 1982. However, the idea of the Walt Disney Company planning a community didn't die. So during the 1990s, ambitious CEO Michael Eisner (Defunctland's favorite person) did just that. Took a part of Disney World property, separated it from Disney World and formed a master-planned community called Celebration gathering architects like Michael Graves and Philip Johnson to create a what they hoped to be a diverse and lively community...by 2000, the makeup was revealed to be over 80 percent White. Disney did SO much advertising towards Latinos and African-Americans, and yet no one wanted to move in. Maybe it's because Celebration looks like every boring Florida retirement community, or that they didn't build subsidized housing, instead choosing to donate 900K to Osceola residents to help them purchase homes worth under 80K...the houses in Celebration are worth more than that. Telecommunications and energy services are provided to the town by Smart City Telecom and Reedy Creek Energy Services, both operated by Walt Disney World.
Living in a town owned by Disney sounds like a dystopian conformity company-town nightmare, even for a queer white guy like me (I couldn't stand hearing about Disney's First Gay Character over and over again every year). I can only imagine how much more skeptical other marginalized people would feel about it. Yeah, I don't wonder why it's +80% white....
They have a Columbia Restaurant, though! So I'll deal with their Magic Kingdom cross "1984" vibe. There's also one St Armands Circle. FL needs to liven it up. Sarasota, Celebration and The Villages are all just Death's ☠ waiting room. Next time, I'm grabbing my mom and getting he out before she ends up in one of these Creepshow places. Great restaurants though
A guy murdered his entire family there (Celebration) a couple of years back and lived with their bodies for weeks after committing significant health insurance billing fraud and spending beyond his means. Luckily he was convicted for the massacre. It seemed like he took his family to Disney World regularly before the tragedy to keep up the illusion and appearance of happiness & normalcy.
Never knew this. As a child of the 2000s we’d go there during Christmas for the snow and Santa pics. Just thought it was a weird town lol
That could be an entirely different video on it's own. I wonder if he's planning one for it.
Here I thought you were going to talk about Florida Man...Still interesting, if not depressing about how much nature was utterly ruined in the name of US Urban sprawl.
That can happen anywhere
Your talking about the Everglades' terrible draining was so depressing man. Good video, though. Much appreciation for your work, Sam
I learned so much of Florida's history by reading Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard.PS-- oh! Then reading about the town of Celebration in Kurt Anderson's Fantasyland. So bizarre. Such a shame about the Everglades. There's not an ecology like that anywhere in the United States.
There's no ecology like the everglades anywhere else in the world. For example, the Everglades is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live together. So so so many unique things about it. Depressing how much we've destroyed it...
We drove by the villages on our way to Disney World. Thought it was just a large gated community. Didn't even realize the size of it.
Even thought I thought this was going to be a hit piece, it was enlightening even for a long time resident. Other than Tampa and Orlando -- which have similar vibes, the other major metros have their own identity.
@M.M. Zorn How is it a puff piece? In what way does it lack substance?
It’s a puff piece instead.
Before Disney it was all orange groves. Now it's a huge traffic jam called Orlando and Disney.
I appreciate this video and your research so much. I'd be curious if you could take more time to investigate the history of Florida before white settlers arrived. You referenced the Seminole and surely they were present for all of this conservative wealthy nonsense!
Miccosukee Casino near Homestead. Don't hear much about that tribe compared to the Seminole's.
The Seminoles run all of the Hard Rock gambling properties among other very large commercial ventures. The Seminole Nation is in the top 5 most important constituencies for politicians.
Thanks for explaining this - great timing for me! I’ve been in Tampa the last 3 weeks and couldn’t quite get over how weird it is here compared to everywhere else I’ve been. I’ve wanted to ask online about it but never expected to get a thorough answer, and you just provided a pretty solid one.
@Edward Greenberg Sounds like it could be an adventure!
@Fun World Times Great town if you smoke cigars. Lots of old fashioned cigar makers. The Bucs have a very nice stadium and Berne's is a great steakhouse. Beyond that, meh.
Hope I can visit Tampa one day!
Hope you’re not staying..
Do you think Tampa is weird compared to NOLA, Vegas, Reno, NYC, Austin, Nashville.....? Really? I just think that they are all unique like Ft. Lauderdale, Miami or LA.
Don’t forget about Henry plant. He brought the rails to Tampa and central FL ❤and built the hotels ports and other infrastructure in Tampa. He was the Henry Flagler of the Florida West Coast.
This was so fascinating and extremely well done, thank you so much.
I do think it's fucked that Florida is effective a business and not a place. It makes me very sad that money hungry people can't leave a naturally beautiful place be, and literally suck life out of it to build their own empire over its corpse.
You mean like LA, SF, NYC, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Gary, Newark, Portland OR, Baltimore etc. All on life support riddled with crime, drugs, the homeless and suffering from the defection of taxpayers with jobs and/or businesses to FL, GA NC, SC and TX?NYC was a vast estuary. The East River is NOT a river but still part of that shrinking estuary. Every inch of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx is covered by either asphalt or a building save Central Park. They destroyed the natural beauty of what is now the NYC metro area. The nerve of those folks.
ive lived in Florida my whole live and never knew a lot of these things. I knew of the places mentioned in the beginning but had never seen them or knew how ritzy it was
That feeling when you're standing on the driveway of one of the inconceivably expensive homes being talked about because your construction company was hired and over-paid to complete a very simple task.
The General Contractors are the ones making the bulk of the money, not the contractors like us. We’re lucky if we do well after paying for labor (it’s hard to find any good help here), insurances, and ever rising supply bills, not to mention the cost of gasoline. If anyone is over charging, it certainly isn’t plumbing, electrical, drywall, and masonry contractors. We’re barely getting by these days.
@Tommy Dolan BWAHAHHA. 😂
@Mikey X pot saint lousy sorry
@Tommy Dolanoh hey I live in Port Saint Lucie
Take their money !!
Lived there for a little while last year. It really does feel like the modern wild west.
You forgot the most important person in Florida history. Without Mr. Carrier, none of us would live here.
I’ve lived in Florida for 25 years and really enjoyed watching this video. awesome
My family is from Erie, PA. After the end of WWII my father went to work for General Electric. They opened up a new facility in Pinellas County, FL in the early 1960’s. My father was offered a job transfer there and jumped at the chance. He was happy to leave behind lake effect snows in order to move somewhere where he could indulge in hobbies like fishing, snorkeling, and water skiing. My four older brothers were born in Erie, but I was born in Clearwater, Florida. Our home was built in a neighborhood that had originally been orange groves. And we lived close enough to beautiful barrier island beaches that we could ride our bicycles there. It was an idyllic place to grow up. My mother was not really happy about the idea in the beginning. But she fell in love with Florida. My brothers all said that moving there was the best thing my father could have done for the family. Unfortunately, these days Florida has become overpopulated with much of its natural beauty paved over. I don’t expect the rising sea levels to be easy for it.
We live in Ft. Lauderdale. Almost 8 years ago I painted a line on the bulkhead near our then residence. It was at the height of a normal high tide. It is located at a marina which features indoor storage of boats and which has been located there over 30 years. High tide is the SAME in 2022 as it was in 2016. The marina has made no adjustments to the size or heights of its dockage in 30 years. Miami is a completely different story with many downtown streets flooding during King or Full Moon tides. The population of Miami is 450,000 the population of the state of Florida is now over 22 million. In 8 years of condo living on the ocean we have had zero hurricane damage while living in two different condos both on the ocean and 5 blocks from the Intracoastal. We had thousands of dollars in snow damage to our deck when we lived in PA from heavy snowfalls.
Writing is really really good. Well done. I’ve been watching for years. You keep getting better.
Wow!!Thank you for this comprehensive, in-depth ecological and developmental historical perspective. Very informative...
Scotsman here, visited Florida in September. Think I was in one those exclusive communities you were talking about at the start. It was called Celebration and it a small town inspired by the New England region. Everyone was wearing Patriot or Eagles jersey's.
@Avery the Cuban-American ah okay, good to know. I'm not a big disney person so i only really knew what ive learned from living in the area over the years. thank you for letting me know :)
@Allysyn Charles Small correction: Walt didn't create Celebration, the Walt Disney COMPANY did but not him. When Celebration was created, Walt was long dead. Celebration was created by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner back in the 1990s
so the story of celebration is actually wild. Basically, Walt Disney created the entire town as what essentially ammounts to an experiment. EPCOT (one of his parks) was originally meant to be the experimental prototype community of tommorow, which was Mr Disney's pet project. He wanted to create the perfect community. Celebration was the real world attempt at that dream. the reason you saw so much new england stuff is because new engalnders are absolutely flooding florida right now to get away from the shitholes theyve created and by proxy turning our state into an absolute shithole. Hope my explanation helps!
Now that's weird
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The Cape Coral case is interesting to me. As an engineer a liberal, it’s another case of people thinking they know better than experts because their option makes them money. Don’t let an accountant make decisions that engineer should be making, people
I think the accountants only analyze the accounts. The management makes the decisions.
I was born and raised in Fort Myers (directly adjacent to Cape Coral), and lived here and commuted into Cape Coral my whole life, have numerous friends who live there, and let me tell you. Wendover fucking nailed it! Yes the lots are cheap, house prices have gone up but still affordable, and yeah you’ll likely have a canal behind your house you can canoe or boat in, but you are going to live 45 min away from the nearest grocery or doctor, and the traffic will be INSANE!Imagine 300k residents all trying to leave to go to their job across just 2 bridges, funneled by narrow residential roads that also have houses and driveways on them so speed limits are always 30 mph.Fuuuuuck ever trying to live in that place. Also see Lehigh Acres, same issues but with no canals. Just a sprawling city-sized neighborhood with no amenities and labyrinth style roads going for miles that eventually lead to just 2 ROADS leading out of the city with no interstate access. That traffic is as bad as the east coast of florida, every day
Florida: Infrastructure??? Who needs it!
You summed up Cape Coral perfectly 😂
@Kianna the east coast of Florida has 5 million more people than the west coast
@Keystone I suppose where my friends live and where I’m used to driving is mostly in the up and coming areas like north cape and northwest, farther away from the bridges where the housing is cheaper. But I have several friends who live closer to veterans and even they had huge traffic lines getting over the bridge to commute into our job off Daniels in fort myers. In usual conditions it’s bearable but not great. But there’s an accident I remember them coming in an hour after their shift not being all that uncommon. This was pre-pandemic, so hopefully the work from home shift changed some of this. I’m admittedly pretty biased from when I was a kid and seeing the difference 20 years ago between fort Myers (which felt more planned) and Cape Coral (which felt like a labyrinth of roads cross crossed by creeks and canals, and an endless residential neighborhood).
@Keystone 1.) Not everyone in Cape Coral lives on Del Prado or Santa Barbara.The vast majority of Cape Coral in fact lives quit far off of both of them (or other streets like them).2.) Just because they have sidewalks doesn't mean they're walkable. Apart from the fact you only get a narrow sidewalk right next to speeding traffic and walking, biking, etc. is absolutely miserable there, there's nothing to walk or bike to.Everything is spread apart, separated by huge parking lots, empty lots, etc.For example, for a 2.5-mile stretch of Santa Barbara Blvd between Veterans and Cape Corals, there is only ONE restaurant. ONE! For that same 2.5-mile stretch of road, there are only two places to get groceries (such as a dollar general).Tell me, who in the world is going to walk a mile along a miserable congested road to go to one single restaurant or dollar general. Who?
Could you do a video on the history and purpose of companies putting their names on arenas? I've never understood what benefit it grants a company to spend the money to get their name on a large sports venue.
Because said arenas become household names with the companies name attached
It's advertisement, if it didn't work they wouldn't do it. Even if no one conciously determines to buy something because they saw the name of a brand on a stadium. Subconciously it makes the brand familiar and therefore make you more likely to spend money on it.
I'm from Florida and this always makes me sad looking around me and knowing it's all fake and only there at the expense of one of nature's greatest creations. The world's largest swamp destroyed for the rich to play games. Humans deserve climate change. The world will be better without us.
Canadian here - thank you for showing the history of how we got to here. Great job! Florida had a reputation for being nothing but old people for as long as I can remember because of our Snow Birds.
You stay up there!
So you're sitting in Scotland, finishing up a video on Florida. I guess I can take a guess on what the next video is going to be. Can't wait for it!
"An affront to mother nature"*Shows Floridaman seemingly trying to fight off a hurricane with an American flag*
Newfound respect to the sheer magnitude of engineering involved to transform Florida, it’s a shame it’s now a state of Florida Men and Women. 😅
Damn 2 genders? Are you a transphobe or somthin.
I can recommend a 2 book series called Visiting Small Town Florida. They are still there but you have to get off the highways and hit what's left of the backroads. Many are gone since I started traveling them starting in the early 90's🙁
I found a place on the water. One way in, one way out. No traffic, very quiet. The stores are real close , one mile at most. I Love Florida. I go barefooted and love the sand and grass feel. I'm 5 miles from beach. Grouper sandwich calls every 2 months. I have a fishing pole and bait ready to fish off of the dock. 👍
I had a friend who bought a house on the beach side of the road, she could walk outside and be in the sand after the last step down, but it washed away in a hurricane after I moved away.
The explanation I heard of for why Florida is weird is that their laws make police reports a matter of public record. So it's not so much that they have more weird crimes per capita as those weird crimes get reported on more often.
@E. Levin There is no indication as to who you may have voted and the information is likely the same as that on your driver's license which you show to liquor stores, casinos, tobacoonists, drug stores etc daily w/o giving it a second thought.
Not only crime records are public but a voter's information is completely public as well. When I was living in FL I registered to vote. One day I looked myself on the Internet to find out that my voter's registration information with full name, full address, full birthday and party were public. I got so upset that cancelled my voter's right. I dont l know if they do this in other states but who you vote for and your personal information should be personal. Since then I dont register to vote anymore no where.
@The Duck Sanctuary Illinois doesn't share criminal records with other states.
@Coochie Mane They make FL an "outdoor" culture. Folks spend more time outside so whatever they do is more likely witnessed by others.
@Ian billgates You would get better coverage if your population numbered in the millions and the state had countless big media markets. You guys are condemned to be weird, crazy and having fun without the folks in NYS, LA, SF, Chicago or Miami even knowing you exist. Consider yourself very lucky.
Calling Florida’s development “weird” is a judgemental premise. I’d say novel. As stated it was to attract a variety of like minded people to what otherwise was a swap. It that in spades. Rich and poor. All races. The same could be said for NY, California, etc. It is an interesting yet judgemental approach should give some pause to know we are having a negative impact on our environment yet the same can be said for other areas of the US as well as countries around the world. This is a consequence of both life and freedom. This development brought prosperity to many people along the way. Made a better life than would have existed would have been my approach to the topic. Your videos are interesting and informative but I’d cut back on the judgement as it is at best a two edge sword and what is making America so divided.
I have such incredible memories of Florida as a kid. The Everglades were so thick with mosquitoes you'd get carried away. The cattle used to be in the water in the evening but they're just their noses out to breathe. You could throw a hook with no bait and catch fish in every Lake. The diversity was incredible. Frogs covered everything. The Indians in TPS along the Everglades. Incredible memories. 💕😁💯
@Judy Duduks yes a whole different world now. I haven't been in about 15 years. But it was outrageous and depressing to see how much had been lost in so many ways. My heart still bleeds for Sanibel every Autumn somehow.. it's so funny I've lived all over and never get home sick for anywhere but there. Every year. 💓🥴💫
Exactly. I also grew up that way. Now I can't stand to see what Florida has become.
Videos like this is why this channel will always be great.
And when people ask why everything is dying, this would be a good video to show...
Driving from Miami to the everglades is incredible, it is the sharpest contrast between urban and wilderness I ever saw.
@silvastian I live there so yeah. But if you want to count west Miami itself as a swamp, I wouldn’t argue that.
@Johann Gambolputtynah.. op is more drastic u jus wanted to pitch in lol
@Briél Kate Definitely true & so lovely
@HipHipJorge ! It's a beautiful fact
@Briél Kate Ditto I95 portion known as "Alligator Alley" E/W coasts of Fl through Big Cypress and the Everglades. Zero development, Rec areas for fishing, kayaking, picnics etc. 82 miles with "nature" only on both sides of the road.
Thank you so much for a great video on my state. Most people only know us for Disney, beaches, and Florida man, but there are countless of oddities and benefits of living here that are beloved by it's residents and gives Florida the unique culture and atmosphere that it has. I can't wait to see more
The way you said Clematis street, as a local here 🤪 So cute. Great video. I love my home state!
One of your best ones yet, Wendover broski. Here's to many more.
I was born and raised in the Florida Keys and I can safely say that I am happy to never live in the state ever again as long as current political and economic trends keep going on. The State's political structure doesn't care about the environmental impact that many of the major corporations within the state are contributing to and many politicians are directly profiting on, continuing to the environmental woes currently impacting the state, a mixture of the continual algae blooms being exacerbated by the Sugar industry and the draining of the everglades to make for continual growth in an area of the country that can't feasibly sustain said growth at the cost of some of the most beautiful wetlands in the entire U.S and the eventual decimation of the Islands I used to call home by rising seas. Florida is going to become even more of a hellscape in the coming decades. It hurts, because I love the state, but I can't abide by it, nor can I abide by the state's treatment of LGBTQ folks or the constant commodification of culture and rampant consumerism.
As an ecologist working in Florida. Words cannot describe how depressed it was watching you talk about the wonderful engineering that took place that absolutely decimated. The Everglades ruined the watershed and has led to countless algae blooms and die offs just so we can have more land south of Okachobee, where no one wants to live anyway.
No one? 6 million people from Palm Beach to Dade County !
@Tanya Roberson Since nearly all new construction in Fl is done to Cat 4 standards, the chances are extremely low. The chances of nearly all of Northern California losing its forests and redwoods or several western states drying up are far, far greater. Californians buy and build in well established forests which ought be left alone for a multitude of reasons. Virtually impossible to even build a cabin in a Florida swamp, preserve, The Everglades, Big Cypress etc. Californians insist on EVs as they cut down trees and invite massive forest fires which generate more air pollution in a few days than all the cars in CA do in years.
What's the chances of it being hit by a giant natural disaster that turns it back to swamp?
@pervertt Yes, in some places that is exactly what happens.
@Jane Bucs Fan Nor did it mention the project being paid for by the Federal Dept. of Defense. Today's Sun Sentinel "To protect coastal bases, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has enlisted corals, oysters and three international teams of scientists led by investigators at the University of Miami, the University of Hawaii and Rutgers University. The researchers are developing what they call “hybrid reefs,” which combine concrete structures with living coral reefs and oyster beds to break up damaging waves. They can absorb up to 97% of the force of wave activity to protect (land)" Yup we are unsophisticated yokels down here who just ignore all ecological issues.
Recently finished Dave Barry's "Best. State. Ever." so this video has great timing
Loved this video man, happily Floridian for the last 8 years
This is such a well made video.
Did you know that the Villages has one of the highest cases of STD in the state of Florida?
I've lived in Florida most of my life and I've got to say, I wouldn't have it any other way!!😎
@Greg Heffley I'm sorry you feel that way. God bless you and your family, have a blessed day.🙏
@Servant Of Yeshua HaMashiach ayo i forgot i left this comment but this the goofiest reply i’ve ever gotten
@Greg Heffley No need to feel bad, it's been a major blessing to live in Florida because it's in Florida where I received Jesus Christ in my life, which is the biggest blessing I have ever received in my entire life!!
damn feel bad for ya get well soon ❤
I think you should have talked about the cost of this development, the everglades are an environment found literally nowhere else in the world and home to species that live nowhere else. I know the focus of the video was on what humans created out of Florida but the destruction of the everglades is truly tragic as there is a chance with climate change we loose that ecosystem forever. I would have appreciated at least a passing reference to the cost we are paying for Florida existing as it does today
I get the impression this guy has an issue with Republicans. 😂😂❤️🍀
As a Floridian, this is a great starting point, but it's really only about 25% of what makes Florida, 'Florida'. Somethings to point out is our deep respect for the native tribes; the fact that St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the USA (Florida was a colony for 300 years owned primarily by the Spanish, longer than the USA has existed), our thriving agricultural/fishing industry, the influence of Latin culture, the major military & space bases/influence, and the natural aspects like the everglades and the springs of north/central Florida. It's so diverse culturally and naturally from region to region, it could easily be it's own country. Many Floridians will vacation to other parts just for this reason.
Pensacola might of been the first
Great video. Can you do one of these on Arizona?
Such a fun state and a perfect representation of the US in terms of diversity and weirdness.
I'm a bit confused by the split picture. Was there meant to be an updated picture on the right (I didn't see any differences in the pictures, and I even stopped the video for about 2 minutes to look for hidden changes, but didn't see anything)? Did anyone else see a difference in the two (beyond the single street card)?
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I miss old Florida... My hometown on the beach was wonderful until the rich, the elderly and the crazies took over...
Please, Wendover. Please don’t forget what’s important here. How does Florida factor in to airline logistics?
Tampa International Airport is rated as one of the best mid-size airports in the country
Dont forget Florida's cuban population, I feel like a lot of this was directed mostly on the east side of Florida and only mentioned Miami in passing, when undoubtedly it was one of Florida's most important attractors especially in the 80s
There's an interesting article in the wall street journal about how Florida alone was responsible for the summer of hell (2022). It has become the most important state aviation wise and the airspace over the state has become incredibly crowded mixed with hurricanes, afternoon thunderstorms, and ATC shortage at Jacksonville.
Florida is interesting because a lot of airlines added capacity there during the pandemic, but have begun cutting back those routes, especially the LCCs.
Most of Atlanta airport’s connecting traffic come from Florida.
"An affront to mother nature where supercharged capitalism and an ignorance of the pragmatic celebrate bizarre wonders" should be the state motto.
My grandparents used to live on the villages. He was actually worked security and of course called bingo.
You should do a piece on the decline of California (or San Francisco specifically). I have lived here all my life and have watched it go from number 1 in nearly everything to bottom of the barrel while still being more expensive to live in than anyplace else.
I go to Florida every year. It’s not that it’s weird it’s that the other states suck by comparison. 👍
I need some terrain, some landscape, something. Florida is too flat, and I find that boring. Plus, I don't know how people can live their lives with 24/7 swamp-butt.
"The story is more of its developers making an overzealous land purchase then figuring it out as they went along" similar story with Lake Havasu City in Arizona and why it has the 1831 version of London Bridge (yes, you heard that right). Robert P. McCulloch kept buying acres to create a new community called Lake Havasu City. The problem is, he couldn't get buyers interested because of its location far from population centers and the fact that it's in an arid climate. So when the City of London put London Bridge up for sale, Robert's real estate agent convinced him to make the wild purchase of buying the bridge as a way to attract buyers as the city's main attraction. The bridge was transported through the Panama Canal in pieces, unloaded in Long Beach, and then moved to Lake Havasu City where it was re-assembled in 1967 and completed in 1971. As someone on Long Island, it doesn't surprise me one bit that The Villages has a Long Island-specific club. Long Island is one of the most expensive places to live in the country, and pretty densely populated too (to put things into perspective, over one-third of NY's population lives on Long Island), so I know many people who have made or are considering making the move to FL.
Its avery the cuban american
Great video ! Did you read the The Swamp by Mike Grunwald for this?
I live south of the Villages, but my Uni is north of the Village. Every time I drive to Uni, I pass through the Villages and my dad and I make some variation of the same boomer joke. It's a weird place to say the least. You never know when you're still in the Villages or not because it seems to last for miles.
I grew up in Michigan. After graduate school, I moved to Sanibel Island for my first job in 1979. I lived and worked there for a year. Even as beautiful as Sanibel was, I knew it was too vulnerable to hurricanes and I just didn't feel Florida "fit" me. Now I'm 67 and I have lived in Colorado for over 32 years. Best decision I ever made was to leave Florida, especially Sanibel, and eventually settle in the Front Range. You couldn't pay me to live in a hellhole like "The Villages."
You made the right choice, i was born here and its always confused me why people bothered buying homes on the shore, the Hurricanes will ruin your investment. Even recently we had a hurrican in Southern Florida and so many people with Million dollar homes lost EVERYTHING - its not worth buying a home on the shore. Get a place more inland thats near a Canal system for drainage
@Emsnews Supkis what "native cities" ?
All Western states are overpopulated and depend on the Hoover Dam Colorado river system to survive. The West is legendary known for vast long droughts like the 100 year drought in 1300-1400 AD. All the native cities built so beautifully were abandoned and destroyed back then!
I've never been to Sanibel, but after seeing what they went through during Hurricane Ian, it reminds me that many of these unique and "weird" Florida places are on borrowed time. Like many coastal Florida communities Sanibel has a lot of wealth, but they are definitely more laid-back compared to somewhere like Palm Beach.~~~~~~I know Sanibel the most for being the founding place of Chico's - a well-known women's clothing brand (they started in 1983). Chico's FAS is one of the largest companies in the Southwest Florida region today, and they own two other women's clothing brands as well, White House Black Market (WHBM) and Soma. I'm a huge WHBM fan over here, although I should note that their origin is in Baltimore and not Florida (this isn't mentioned much anymore, at least not in the two decades since Chico's acquired WHBM). I'm fairly young and I still couldn't get myself to wear anything from the Chico's brand; ironically I did read of some younger women who started wearing (thrifted, mainly) Chico's items and talking about them on social media. WHBM always had a slightly younger woman in mind relative to the flagship Chico's brand.
@Just My Opinion I missed the four seasons, and I wasn't used to swimming in a large body of water where there were living creatures who wanted to sting, bite me, or eat me!
As someone who was born in and grew up in the exact spot where The Villages bulldozed and built over us, I tell you growing up essentially in a retirement community is wacky. It used to be beautiful farmland, small town, nice people. Not anymore.
"Ugh Florida, too many conservatives and weirdos." ...20 years later, retires, sells everything and moves to Florida.
This is one of the first KZclip videos I’ve seen that accurately represents my state. I’d like to remind people that so many native Floridians hate the constant transformation that is talked about here. The destruction of our environment is still happening. Woods and swamps are destroyed for pointless suburbs and supermarkets. We need to learn from our history to stop these mistakes from happening again.
From an outsiders perspective Florida sounds like something that could only exist in America - it's as though someone made a state out of all the stuff that oozed out of the other states and flowed south.
Kind of reminded me of Dubai
Not really. If there’s land in a habitable climate people will live there obviously.
They did. They also took any and every bit of engineering and environmental stupidity from around the nation and went to town with it. Sunny Isles is an example - built out of coral!It is also filled with misfits from all over the nation. Broke, down on your luck? Go to FL! Even if you are homeless it is usually warm.I've said for decades FL is the Most American State. FL is a reflection of every bit of crazy, hubris, greed, creativity, independence you could imagine from the rest of the country.
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"15 minutes away from the nearest supermarket." It's this kinda statement that I find most insulting as an African.
I've been living in the West Palm Beach area for 5 years and can confirm it's bizarre.
At first I thought the comments about Air Conditioners were a joke, but after seeing 10 of those comments I'm starting to believe it
It always blows my mind when large swaths of humanity exist in areas that would be _completely_ uninhabitable without all kinds of false amenities -- like year-round AC, water irrigated from far away, and hurricane insurance. Like, if the power failed in summer, half of those people would be dead. ...I'm sure it's awful on the environment.
It’s definitely cheaper to live here till you gotta buy insurance 😂😂😂😂😂. Auto insurance is 38% higher then the national average.
Working in summerfield Florida and going to the Walmart by The villages and seeing the golf carts dressed up like BMWs and Mercedes that is something to see
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You could say, Florida is a bizarre place for a bizarre adventure.
I moved down to Florida to be closer to my family and not have a state income tax. One thing I quickly found out though everything else is so goddamn expensive it basically negates it.
i think you should’ve talked about FPL and it’s contribution to industrializing florida. what good was all that Henry Flagler was doing if there was no power available anywhere. as he built tracks, FPL built distribution and transmission poles right behind him. we were founded in 1925 by the way
I myself believe that the heat and humidity have an adverse effect on the human brain.