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Letters to the Editor — June 4, 2022



The Issue: Steve Cuozzo’s column arguing that New Yorkers who transfer to Florida will remorse it.

In response to Steve Cuozzo’s “Orange dubious” (June 2): I left Long Island in 2016 on the age of 52 after dwelling my total life in New York. Now, I dwell in northern Florida. Mr. Cuozzo: I’m by no means going again.

Oh certain, we have now storms. We have some unimaginable wildlife, too, and, sure, life right here could be very completely different — thank God!

Here in Florida, I can go into city and never fear about being shot, stabbed or attacked. I even have the reassurance that ought to one thing of that nature happen, the perpetrator or perpetrators might be held to account to the fullest extent of the legislation. No catch-and-release down right here.

All this, and my taxes are 1 / 4 what they have been in New York.

So as I lie on my hammock in my yard beneath this attractive palm tree, with the sound of the river flowing behind me, I let you know, Mr. Cuozzo, you may hold your filthy, overpriced, broken-down assortment of a better time. I’m staying in Florida.

Martin Palagonia
Jacksonville, Fla.

Cuozzo’s bashing of South Florida compared to New York disregarded some evident variations. The greatest is crime. It’s rampant in New York City with individuals being shot and stabbed indiscriminately anyplace and anytime.

All the gorgeous museums and Broadway reveals Cuozzo speaks of are under-attended as a result of individuals are too afraid to stroll the streets.

Add in 4 to 6 months of grey climate with snow, sleet, ice and infrequently below-freezing temperatures, and it’s laborious to imagine anybody would transfer again to New York. Winters are stunning in South Florida.

As for hurricanes: An 80-foot oak tree fell on my home throughout Hurricane Sandy once I lived in New Jersey. I used to be displaced for six months.

Hindy Kierman
Boynton Beach, Fla.

A message to Cuozzo: Don’t maintain your breath ready for these individuals to come back again.

In Florida, our governor takes no prisoners. Yours lets them out. Our predators are four-legged and roam the lakes; yours are two-legged and roam the subways. Florida protects its senior residents. New York doesn’t.

I’ve lived right here six years and haven’t met one one who wished to return. We like spending our pension {dollars} down right here. They go a lot additional.

John Fleming
Punta Gorda, Fla.

As a New Yorker who moved to Florida seven months in the past, I really feel compelled to answer Cuoz­zo’s article.

I’ve been capable of survive in essentially the most superb sun-filled climate, negligible crime, spotless streets, absence of potholes, accessible and purposeful authorities businesses and decreased costs on every thing.

Steve, take off your blinders and see the relic of a once-great metropolis that has crumbled. No, I cannot be again in 5 years. Stay secure. Buy a Kevlar vest earlier than it’s outlawed.

Alan Teitelbaum
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Thanks to Cuozzo for making an attempt to set New Yorkers straight in regards to the hell it’s to dwell in Florida. But he didn’t go far sufficient.

As a former New Yorker and a 17-year, full-time resident of South Florida, I may let you know tales that will greater than reassure Big Apple residents that dwelling with the likes of Gov. “Kiss Me” Andrew Cuomo, Mayor “Don’t Blame Me” Bill de Blasio, Sen. “Chuck You” Schumer and the at all times charming and insightful Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can’t be beat.

Not to say exorbitant taxes and rents, pointless lockdowns and COVID mandates, killer nursing properties and killers generally.

Stay put, New Yorkers. A transfer to the Sunshine State will solely have you ever pining on your city Paradise Lost. Trust me.

Raymond Goydon
Delray Beach, Fla.

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