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    Well I have some decisions to do with the family and have to decide after getting citizenship here in Australia where to go.

    I have thought of Florida for a while ever since my uncle wanting to move down (he always loved the place). I have been twice driving down from Canada and loved the southern weather, coastal situation, fishing and more in the state.

    I'm thinking of either Clearwater, Tarpon Springs or somewhere at least near the coast with a hospital and university nearby and decent dark skies nearby as well for families growing up kids.

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    Hello,

    I grew up in Florida, so maybe I can give some advice. You might want to consider Miami, the closest dark skies is the Everglades which would be less than 30 miles. That is where I grew up and am currently living. There are plenty of hospitals and the University of Miami.
    Not sure who the University nearby is for? If it is for your child, then it should not really matter because there are only three real schools in Florida-they are University of Miami, Florida State University(in Tallahassee), and University of Florida(in Gainsville). And University of Florida and Miami are near #50 in the rankings and are not prime universities for access to either Top Tier employment or graduate schools.
    The darkest skies in Florida(grey on the Bortle scale) are in the panhandle, or a touch south of it along the coast.
    I will warn you the main problem with astronomy in Florida are the mosquitoes during the spring, summer, and fall(and possibly winter depending on your location). For example the mosquitoes are still quite strong in the Everglades as of four days ago. If you want to minimize the mosquito problem I would head more towards the panhandle since it actually gets cold there.
    Also probably any city with a hospital and university would have a significant lightdome, and the smaller towns in Florida tend to somewhat boring, also the education for your child would probably be poor.
    Clearwater is near Tampa which is a pretty nice city, but I don't think there are any dark skies near by like the Everglades, and Tampa would cast a significant lightdome. Tarpon Springs is very close to Tampa. By the way the Gulf Ocean coast is nothing compared to the Atlantic--the waves are smaller and its full of seaweed(and now crude oil thanks to BP,Halliburton, etc.).
    You might also want to look near the Jacksonville area.

    Anyway that is just some of my opinion
    Clear Skies and good luck find a new home

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    Hi Gus ..Tom Clark is from is from florida isent he ?Tektron telescopes.. Be nice to look through a big scope and he has a big scope and a small comunity of astro guys...Chiefland
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    Chiefland has great dark skies, right near Cedar Key little south of Gainesville. I have been to Cedar Key, there is not much around but it may be what you are looking for depending on your personality.

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