Living In Navarre .....good or bad ?

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PanhandleShark

Bronx, NY

#1 Jun 20, 2008
Hi I have spent a few times in navarre/destin on vacation, and would consider moving there someday. I really liked it however your locals, tell me what you like and dislike about the area. Also it seems to me there's not many jobs other than military there. Im from the north as well and got kind of a 'cold' feeling from the locals there, is it because they think were there to 'steal' the land or something? I just want to move to a more peaceful laid back area that's all. I met a lot of good people as well down there. Opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Panhandleshark

Kennett Square, PA

#2 Jun 23, 2008
guess your all out surfing or fishing ???
Panhandle girl

Canton, GA

#3 Jun 24, 2008
I am from the Panhandle originally and so is my family. You are correct in that there are not alot of job offerings in the area other than military or hospitality. Also, the pay is considerably less. I moved to Atlanta 4 years ago and more than doubled my salary! As far as the "cold" feeling that you received it isn't because they thought you were going to steal the land etc. As long as I can remember the Panhandle was referred to as the "Redneck Riveria" and I say that with a fondness.The area was a "secret" for the Southeners to enjoy. The true "locals" are very much from the South and don't take kindly to Northeners coming down and trying to change their laid back ways. If you can "do as the Romans do" you will be accepted, but if you come down and get impatient or compare the area with "up north" than they will tell you how to get back up there with a quickness! My mother lives in Navarre and my other family spreads from Pensacola to Ft.Walton and I think I enjoy Navarre the most since the crowds are smaller. Also, I enjoy it's closeness to P-cola for the restaurants etc. If you are looking for a tropical,beachy feel with a "northern" flair, may I suggest going further south in the state. Ft.Meyers, Naples,West Palm etc. Otherwise, welcome to the "Redneck Riveria". Love it or leave it!:)
PanhandleShark wrote:
Hi I have spent a few times in navarre/destin on vacation, and would consider moving there someday. I really liked it however your locals, tell me what you like and dislike about the area. Also it seems to me there's not many jobs other than military there. Im from the north as well and got kind of a 'cold' feeling from the locals there, is it because they think were there to 'steal' the land or something? I just want to move to a more peaceful laid back area that's all. I met a lot of good people as well down there. Opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Panhandle shark

Bronx, NY

#4 Jun 25, 2008
hahahahah as I said earlier, im one of the 'outcasts' from the north, im a northerner trapped in a southerners body :)
I pray that the northerners stay up north. I have been all over the west coast of florida but I like the panhandle best due to its calmness. I have also been to atlanta, too congested. Maybe i'll see ya at the pirates buffet in destin sometime.:)
thanks for post
brigitte

Gulf Shores, AL

#7 Mar 6, 2009
The only good thing about navarre is the beach, other then taht there is no employment, no friendly welcome, I moved here three yrs ago, I feel like I live in the middle of no where, no entertaiment at all, no social places, like bowling alleys, skating rinks, musuems, no culture, thank god for the beach, it the best part of this area for sure,
Alex

Pensacola, FL

#8 Mar 10, 2009
My wife and I moved here last summer from a liberal college town for my job. Navarre is nice place to live visually but it's set up on either side of what is essentially one highway. The people are nice as can be and the weather is great. But you have to consider that we are essentially in southern Alabama. There is no nothing to do if you don't care for fishing or boating. It is the most republican leaning area in the country(percentage wise),there is casual rascism in abundance. And if it wasn't for the military folks it might not be anything at all.
wallacs

Pensacola, FL

#9 Mar 12, 2009
Alex is a lot more generous in his assessment than I am. I hate it here. Hate it, hate it, hate it, and since I don't "love it" I WOULD "leave it" in a heart beat if it wasn't for my job. Casual racism, right-wing Christian Conservative that go out partying on Saturday nights, drunk drive home on the only highway in the whole damn town, then get up and go to church hungover on Sunday. It sucks. There's nothing to do, the shopping sucks, the locals are trashy. Every time I go into the grocery store I think about going to see my doctor about getting on anti-depressants because I see all of these white trash 20 year-old girls pushing shopping carts with 3 little snotty-nosed, barefoot kids in it. And I KNOW that in fifteen years one of those kids will be in prison, one'll be dead, and the other will be pushing 3 snotty-nosed little kids around the grocery store. Don't let the fancy Florida address fool you, this is straight-up redneck, boiled peanuts, confederate flag, Dixieland Alabama. So no, I don't recommend moving here.
Bullshark In NJ

Bronx, NY

#10 Mar 16, 2009
hahahahaha wallacs you were so informative about the lil snotty kids hahhaaa....man that was kinda funny... dont ya like trashy girls ? its amazing the contrasts to peoples views........

what about DESTIN ??
BamaGirl

Tifton, GA

#11 Mar 16, 2009
I'm an Alabama transplant who works in the Navarre area, but I live in Niceville. I would not hesitate to move to Navarre, it is a lovely community. I just want to say this:

The "friendliness of any place (north or south) is in direct correlation with the friendliness of the person visiting it"

There are trashy people with snot nose kids everywhere.

There is casual racism all over the world.

Small minded and bitter people live north of the mason dixon to.

Oh and Republicans live north of the mason dixon, also. They're just afraid to say anything.

Alabama is a wonderful place to live, and is one of the most integrated cities in the country.

Know the history of where the word Redneck comes from before you use it. It is a cultural slur, is your casual racism is peeking through. My Scottish ancestors were rednecks, and the word wasn't derogatory until the last half of the 19th century.
Bullshark In NJ

Bronx, NY

#12 Mar 18, 2009
Hi bama can you tell me more about navarre? destin is nice to live in too right ? of course when you ask a ? youll get many opinions i expect this. wallacs seems like he wants to haul ass outta there lol
Alex

Pensacola, FL

#13 Mar 18, 2009
Its true that there are Repubs all over the nation. But the fact of the matter is that the concentration isn't as strong anywhere in the country(. And I have live literally all over this country and I have witnesses few other places where the racsism is as casual and unapologetic as it is here. In the work place and at local businesses. I agree with Wallacs. And though Bamagirl said its a nice place to live she never said what was so nice about it.
This Place really is the redneck riviera. And thinking that this place is great when you moved here from the racially diverse "city of Alabama".isn't that great a leap.
And just one more thing. the people in this area wear the "slur" redneck like a badge of honor.
BamaBreeze

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#14 Mar 21, 2009
wallacs wrote:
Alex is a lot more generous in his assessment than I am. I hate it here. Hate it, hate it, hate it, and since I don't "love it" I WOULD "leave it" in a heart beat if it wasn't for my job. Casual racism, right-wing Christian Conservative that go out partying on Saturday nights, drunk drive home on the only highway in the whole damn town, then get up and go to church hungover on Sunday. It sucks. There's nothing to do, the shopping sucks, the locals are trashy. Every time I go into the grocery store I think about going to see my doctor about getting on anti-depressants because I see all of these white trash 20 year-old girls pushing shopping carts with 3 little snotty-nosed, barefoot kids in it. And I KNOW that in fifteen years one of those kids will be in prison, one'll be dead, and the other will be pushing 3 snotty-nosed little kids around the grocery store. Don't let the fancy Florida address fool you, this is straight-up redneck, boiled peanuts, confederate flag, Dixieland Alabama. So no, I don't recommend moving here.
I was born and raised in Bama, and always came the beach from Tampa to Daytona to PC and now FWB and Navarre. To me Navarre is a very beautiful place. As far as having things to do, there is plenty, and jobs, you can find one it may not pay what you want, but a cut in pay is worth the relaxing atmosphere and laid back lifestyle. You talk about white trash and snotty kids - I have spent the last 10 years living in a nowhere place and I mean nowhere (no mall, no interstate, no real resturant except mom and pop and the population was welfare (those who deserve need it) and walmart was over 30 minutes away. The men hung out at the state line bars all day, the women worked in factories making nothing. I have also lived in Nashville, TN - yes you can make a nice paycheck, but it all goes out in the cost of fuel, food, and keeping up with the Jone's (which is not for me) I love the real SOUTH.
Alex

Oak Grove, KY

#15 Mar 22, 2009
I work as a recruiteR in the construction field. Unless you want to work at Walmart you are not finding a job in the Navarre area until a Hurricane hits. Ask anyone who actually lives here. This place is like a hollow M&M. all candy from the looks of it,but no substance once you bite in.
danny

Cantonment, FL

#16 Apr 2, 2009
Here is the deal - Navarre, is stunning - the people are warm hearted good folks who were very welcomming upon our arrival from New York - I have spent a lifetime in the most racially intergrated surrondings that one can imagine - hostility, bitterness , blame nothing but negativity and have found this little town to be exactly what the Dr. ordered - Where I come from people commute hundreds of miles a day to get the big cash jobs - understand and cope with the cultural,political and reliegous differences and lead productive lives as can anyone looking to move to Navarre - I will say this in closing - If you were to sit along side a local and allow yourself to listen more than you were to speak , you find the genuine kindness in the hearts of these wonderful people who so humbly live in this beutiful place -
Bullshark In NJ

Bronx, NY

#17 Apr 5, 2009
thanks danny, im from the NE too, seems like you love it there, anymore advice ? Im going this summer can't wait, prob gonna stay in destin which is very nice too. I just need enough money for the basics, im selling everything I own up here, im done with the idiots, and the rat race.
im envious man
Bullshark In NJ

Bronx, NY

#18 Apr 5, 2009
danny you dont agree with wallacs statement i gather
Sunflower

Cleveland, OH

#19 Apr 15, 2009
I spent many vacations in Navarre and the beach is as beautiful as any you would see in the Caribbean. People are friendly, as long as you extend yourself in a friendly manner just as you would anywhere else. However, it is true the city has very little to offer in the way of jobs, shopping, museums or entertainment. The city is not pedestrian-friendly and there is only one major highway through Navarre, which is a moving death trap. It is a beautiful vacation spot, but probably a very difficult place to live.
Bullshark In NJ

Bronx, NY

#20 Apr 23, 2009
hi sunflower thanks for comment. is cleveland a cool place ?
blitznliz

Atlanta, GA

#21 Jun 15, 2009
danny wrote:
Here is the deal - Navarre, is stunning - the people are warm hearted good folks who were very welcomming upon our arrival from New York - I have spent a lifetime in the most racially intergrated surrondings that one can imagine - hostility, bitterness , blame nothing but negativity and have found this little town to be exactly what the Dr. ordered - Where I come from people commute hundreds of miles a day to get the big cash jobs - understand and cope with the cultural,political and reliegous differences and lead productive lives as can anyone looking to move to Navarre - I will say this in closing - If you were to sit along side a local and allow yourself to listen more than you were to speak , you find the genuine kindness in the hearts of these wonderful people who so humbly live in this beutiful place -
Amen to that!!

I am from Atlanta and just spent the last week there. We had every unexpected disaster happen to us while we were there.(Nothing due to our location) The people that we dealt with in every situation were the kindest I have met in the last twenty years!!!! I have since been searching the real estate sites. I told my husband that I would take a drastic cut in pay to be able to live my life surrounded by something other than an attitude of greed and me first. Which is ALL I find here in Atlanta.
Bullshark In NJ

Poughkeepsie, NY

#22 Jun 16, 2009
hi blitz, i agree, wife is too stubborn to realize what I mean. I'd take $10 /hr to live near that beautiful beach, ditch my car, fax, etc.. drive a scooter and have my fishing poles, cell phone only for emergency. You and I think alike. Ive been to atlanta as well where you are, becoming a rat race too like the NE. Keep in touch on here if you can. If you like Navarre, holley by the sea is your best bet for communitys, personally, when you first get there, just rent a place you wont be stuck just in case, do a one year rental. Craigslist has tons of them listed. you can get a 3 bedroom house for $1000/month Best of luck

p.s. I think a lot of people are starting to realize the rat race isnt what its cracked up to be

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