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Looking at Vero Beach, Fla. to visit and maybe stay.

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Looking at Vero Beach, Fla. to visit and maybe stay.

My wife and I are looking at Vero Beach, Florida to visit for a few months this winter, and possibly make this our second home if we like it. Would appreciate any comments regarding how much you think we might like this area of the state. We are both retired and have normally spent a few weeks each year in the Delray Beach area. Many thanks.

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1. Re: Looking at Vero Beach, Fla. to visit and maybe stay.

I'm not really acquainted with Delray, but this article at the Daytona Beach News-Journal caught my eye.

news-journalonline.com/news/local/east-volus…

This online (and weekly paper) publication is useful for getting to know the affluent barrier island. It links to their VeroNews website that provides breaking news and pays attention to the mainland:

http://www.verobeach32963.com

Since I don't know your socioeconomics (the barrier island is a world apart), it's somewhat difficult to describe the community. Thanks to all that money, we have an exceptional professional theater--if you like Broadway-style musicals aimed at geriatric audiences. The Art Museum has quite good exhibits and classes, such as Tuesday film classes run by a retired State Department cultural official. There is quite a bit of nature, though as that news site (run by a former Washington Post exec) points out, the Indian River is now a biological disaster area. At least until he visited Marthas Vineyard and the Hamptons, our county was Mitt Romney's most generous source of campaign money.

We do not have big-town shopping; that's in Palm Beach County or perhaps Orlando (Ikea to outfit your dwelling). We do have a nonprofit local hospital that seems competently run, but the trauma center is Lawnwood in Ft Pierce, whose cardiac program just got unflattering attention in a NY Times investigation of its owner, HCA.

We do have a fair amount of fine dining and an economically fragile beach shopping area that caters to the spoiled-rich. The mainland seems on the verge of a chain restaurant invasion (already present, Carrabba's, Olive Garden, Outback and lesser stuff, but no Golden Corral).

At the moment, residential property taxes for residents (not part-time residents) are low due to the collapsed real estate market. Windstorm insurance is very high and hard to get. Expect to pay double or triple what you do in taxes.

Our county is one of several in Florida that bans tall buildings.

In terms of weather, we have only a thin pretense of being tropical. Coconut palms are marginal and those south Florida ficus hedges periodically die of cold. Note that really warm winter ocean water ends at Palm Beach County. We do have limestone reefs, worth snorkeling during occasional (mostly summer) spells of clear water.

Here's good views of Sebastian Inlet:

http://www.sebastianinletcam.com

Google Maps has excellent year-old Street View imagery.

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