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LuvNorthPort

North Port, FL

#61 Nov 15, 2011
franlyn wrote:
Am thinking of moving from mtns of Erwin,Tn for the warmer climate & to be near my sister in North Port, she's been there about 2 yrs. & love it. We're all retired. Looking at an over 50 apt complex. She's also recommended Port Charlotte, but moving is scarey at this age. Are the utilities high, will have to pay for water & elec would like to get some kind of idea.
NORTH PORT is very economical. Taxes are low, utilities are average. Great place to settle down. That is why we chose the area. It is vibrant and growing.
A and B

Sarasota, FL

#64 Dec 19, 2011
There never has been any large good paying jobs here, either in good times or bad. So how can jobs come back if there were none to begin with. We have one of the highest unemployment rates in SW Florida.
80% of the working population lucky to have a job has to work outside of the city due to the lack of jobs period. Every single post telling how much there is to do here post how close every thing is to them. All of which are in another city, not here.
Here is what we have; box stores, gas stations and fast food.
The city services are absolutely horrible, and show no sign of improving period.
You have a police department that is in constant turmoil. Just a year ago a PD dispatcher was fired for negligence, the at the sametime a rookie with less then a year on the department was suspended for starting a fight at a Tampa coutry bar.
Shortly before that an officer quit before he was fired for coming to work while under the influence of a narcotic. Then an officer was suspended for 3 months for starting a fight at a North Port Bar and grill. Before that an officer quit before he could be fired for show a squad car video to several people of two girls in its backseat flashing their breast. Last there are the male and female officers who were suspended for fraternizing. The male officer being demonted as well.
While all of this has been going on at the department, just this year in the last 7 or 8 months we have had half a dozen killings, shootings, stabbings, and general increase in crime.
Then we have the NPFD. A Lt. was fired for dereliction of duty and a ladderman for covering it up is outrageous at best.
Then there was the assistant chief who quit from the NPFD before he could be fired for DUI while driving one of the NPFD vehciles.
All of the above happened in the last year.
You have a waste management department that can not keep more then half the fleet of vehicle in working order at any one time. City water and sewage is one of the highest in the state for a city our size.
Next lets talk about how NP has one of the largest forcloser rates in the state.
This city has been my home for thrity years, not just half a dozen as those who think things are great here.
The city has had it's ups and downs for sure, however it has been in the downs for over 15 years now and not getting better.
We may have more of this and that but quantity does not mean quality by any means.
NP is Pretty and Scary

New York, NY

#65 Dec 20, 2011
My reply to your post disappeared.
A code appeared here @ your post, then followed me home.
A and B wrote:
There never has been any large good paying jobs here, either in good times or bad. So how can jobs come back if there were none to begin with. We have one of the highest unemployment rates in SW Florida.
80% of the working population lucky to have a job has to work outside of the city due to the lack of jobs period. Every single post telling how much there is to do here post how close every thing is to them. All of which are in another city, not here.
Here is what we have; box stores, gas stations and fast food.
The city services are absolutely horrible, and show no sign of improving period.
You have a police department that is in constant turmoil. Just a year ago a PD dispatcher was fired for negligence, the at the sametime a rookie with less then a year on the department was suspended for starting a fight at a Tampa coutry bar.
Shortly before that an officer quit before he was fired for coming to work while under the influence of a narcotic. Then an officer was suspended for 3 months for starting a fight at a North Port Bar and grill. Before that an officer quit before he could be fired for show a squad car video to several people of two girls in its backseat flashing their breast. Last there are the male and female officers who were suspended for fraternizing. The male officer being demonted as well.
While all of this has been going on at the department, just this year in the last 7 or 8 months we have had half a dozen killings, shootings, stabbings, and general increase in crime.
Then we have the NPFD. A Lt. was fired for dereliction of duty and a ladderman for covering it up is outrageous at best.
Then there was the assistant chief who quit from the NPFD before he could be fired for DUI while driving one of the NPFD vehciles.
All of the above happened in the last year.
You have a waste management department that can not keep more then half the fleet of vehicle in working order at any one time. City water and sewage is one of the highest in the state for a city our size.
Next lets talk about how NP has one of the largest forcloser rates in the state.
This city has been my home for thrity years, not just half a dozen as those who think things are great here.
The city has had it's ups and downs for sure, however it has been in the downs for over 15 years now and not getting better.
We may have more of this and that but quantity does not mean quality by any means.
Toon TIme

Sarasota, FL

#67 Dec 21, 2011
What a laugh this is. It has been posted that many people who post a rosey picture of North Port are nothing more then real estate agetns. Well it seems that this story kind of proves them right.

http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12 ...

By John W. Schoen, Senior Producer
Real estate agents are famous for putting a listing in the best possible light to close a sale. On Thursday, the industry's national trade association confirmed that its monthly data have been painting a rosier picture of the pace of home sales since 2007.

As msnbc.com reported in March, the National Association of Realtors has been overstating the pace of existing home sales by more than 16 percent. The trade group now says just 17.7 million existing homes were sold from 2007 to 2010, not the 20.6 million it originally reported. The NAR made no changes to its data on home prices.

In its announcement of the downward revisions, the trade group sought to downplay the impact of "re-benchmarking" the data lower.

“From a consumer’s perspective, only the local market information matters and there are no changes to local multiple listing service data or local supply-and-demand balance, or to local home prices,” NAR economist Lawrence Yun said in a release explaining the revisions.

The NAR's monthly sales data is a critical input for a host of widely-watched forecasts generated by public and private economists - from Wall Street to the Federal Reserve. Investors make big bets based on the data. Debates on government policy, from the White House to Capitol Hill, rely on this barometer of the health of the housing industry, a critical pillar of the U.S economy.
Toon Time

Sarasota, FL

#68 Dec 22, 2011
People have asked why some of their post are being deleted from the North Port Sun Herald Board. Recently anyone who post something negative about status of living, jobs, life style, etc. are the ones being moderated the most and deleted.

Here is a possible and most likely reason for such. The Sun Herald generates a vast majority of it's profits from advetising. One of the biggest is from the real estate market. If such market contacts the Sun Herald and complains about a post or topic that has a negative impact on their industry. What does one think will happen when one of their cash cows complains?
Money speaks louder to compaines then actual truth. So guess what happens to those who have no finacial interest to said media industry?
wnight

Sarasota, FL

#70 Aug 6, 2012
1}North Port is in my opion , a Indian burial ground.Everryone gets rain except us ,it almost always goers around us .
2)Streets have not been paved since the houses where built back in the 60s
3}we have lots of over crowed schools, because people where moving here faster then they could build new ones.You would of thought that they would of thought of building a school larger then what they needed ,so it would of handled the onslot of kids.
4}Know ,like everywhere it is a drug infested town.
Beware of where you want to buy.
5}I have lived here for 12 years and I know my neighbors .one of them is okay.
5} Do what you have to do and think twice about it.I wish that I had did not moved here to Florida
6}It was nice a long time ago before all the prices went out of site.Know I can not afford to go anywhere.I am trapped in my house because I can not afford to go anywhere.

BnB

North Port, FL

#71 Aug 6, 2012
For all of you haters out there I have two pieces of advice:
1)Learn to spell
2)Go back up north
Jenn

Grand Rapids, MI

#72 Apr 23, 2013
I currently live in North Port. This town is snoozeville especially if you have kids. If it wasn't for my son being in karate 4 days a week and sports, he would be bored to death. I agree about the job situation, there are no jobs here. The housing prices are coming close to Sarasota prices (high). We are hoping to get out of this town within the next couple weeks.
Dlove76

United States

#73 Jul 10, 2013
Jenn wrote:
I currently live in North Port. This town is snoozeville especially if you have kids. If it wasn't for my son being in karate 4 days a week and sports, he would be bored to death. I agree about the job situation, there are no jobs here. The housing prices are coming close to Sarasota prices (high). We are hoping to get out of this town within the next couple weeks.
Prices close to sarasota? I have not noticed that at all. We're considering moving to north port from the mountains of MD. Why are people saying their bored in north port so much I mean your 45 minutes form sarasota. Great city we just visited . I'm sure if the economy turns around there would be more to do in north port . Just takes time and hope. Where in the country can you go that's thriving with out paying a fortune and living in a zoo, DC , northern VA maybe downtown Baltimore. And deal with those winters , forget that . South florida gets my vote but I would be interested if you have found 3/2/2 on the water with boat dock , screed liania and a pool for under 150k in sarasota. Everything I found there is pricey .
Over Looked

Sarasota, FL

#74 Jul 12, 2013
Dlove76 wrote:
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Prices close to sarasota? I have not noticed that at all. We're considering moving to north port from the mountains of MD. Why are people saying their bored in north port so much I mean your 45 minutes form sarasota. Great city we just visited . I'm sure if the economy turns around there would be more to do in north port . Just takes time and hope. Where in the country can you go that's thriving with out paying a fortune and living in a zoo, DC , northern VA maybe downtown Baltimore. And deal with those winters , forget that . South florida gets my vote but I would be interested if you have found 3/2/2 on the water with boat dock , screed liania and a pool for under 150k in sarasota. Everything I found there is pricey .
Dlove76, I could not help but notice that you posted the same real estate type add on another thread.

What is the matter? Is your Remax office budget so bad from lack of sales in North Port, that you have taken to posting free adds on a Topix board?

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