I’ll be off to Florida soon. You can’t blame me. I’ve been wintering in Florida ever since I was a child. I can’t just stop and put an end to a sixty-three year habit. Hubby wanted this year off. He said he was tired of driving down to Florida year after year. When I suggested we go by plane, he scoffed. He doesn’t want to leave our dog. Plus, he said, after the many excursions we were forced to take last winter, he just wants this year off and he just wants to stay home.
So be it.
I’m just about at the end of my mental rope. I desperately need a break from all this New York winter doom and gloom. One day it’s -7F degrees. Next day it’s a sunny, warm 60F degrees. My human body can’t take it. I should have been out of here a month ago but better late than never. I think I have enough energy to pack a light suitcase, once more don semi-heavy winter clothing and catch the 3:52PM flight to Sarasota. I’m certain that once my body feels the 85F degree sunshine, all will be right with my world yet once again.
New York State is not the place to be anymore. I can see the handwriting on the wall. The new abortion law the current Governor Cuomo signed into law has been a game changer. New York has become an out-of-their mind progressive state and for the first time in my life, I’m ashamed to say I still live here. NY had a chance this last local election to elect a more compassionate, conservative governor and 99% of the state did indeed vote for Marc Molinaro. But unfortunately upstate New York has about 18 million voting residents. New York City (a little dot on the state map) has over 20 million voting residents and majority rules. Upstate New York, where I currently reside, doesn’t have a chance anymore. It has been in decline for decades. No jobs, Low wage employment. Resident flight.
President Trump, a fellow New Yorker, said it best when he advised that many upstaters should move out of the state. Hubby and I are facing a property tax increase in 2020. Cuomo just announced that the state is facing a $2.3Billion dollar shortfall (click here). Because of this new deficit (because the rich are fleeing NY in droves), many services are now going to be cut, including those in healthcare. This may affect hubby’s medical insurance as he is insured with local state insurance. The only reason why we are currently staying is because of hubby’s health care insurance. With the thought of any cut in medical care, combined with rising property taxes and an end to both senior and low-income property tax discounts, it just may be the time for DH and I to finally say goodbye here and take flight.
New York City is worse off than New York State. NYC is facing a $3.8Billion dollar deficit for 2019 (click here). That’s $800 million more than the mayor projected! Why is this happening? Well, when you have a self-exclaimed Sanctuary City (or state) and the politicians are giving away everything (medical, housing, food, education etc) except the kitchen sink for free, what do you think is going to happen? Eventually these self-proclaimed socialist progressives run out of other people’s money.
When I get to Florida in a few days, yes, I’ll be looking at properties again. This time I’ll be smarter. This time I’ll be looking in a less-congested, more affordable area. I’ll be looking for a single, stand-alone home, NOT in any gated community, no HOA fees, no CDD Taxes, as close to the beach as possible and with a low enough overhead that will make it more sustainable for both DH and I as we continue on our retirement journey.
Stay tuned. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!
Side note: listen to the crap we New Yorkers have to endure out of our politicians mouths as they try to justify the inequity and infighting going on in New York. All that matters to anyone, should be their wallet. That’s really the bottom line. I don’t give a hoot about excuses or justifications.