Florida Residents Guide

Life in Florida is simple but you still need a little help to take full advantage of all the opportunities the Sunshine State has to offer. From home owners insurance and hurricane shutters to property taxes and theme park discounts our team is working hard to give you the answers you need.

Life in Florida



Florida Fishing and Hunting License

Florida is home to more than 5 million acres of the largest wildlife management area in the country. If you plan to fish or hunt in the State of Florida you must have a license and the state makes it easy.

Hillsborough County Library

Hillsborough County

The Hillsborough County Library Cooperative is a combination of the Tampa - Hillsborough County Public Library System, Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City, and the Temple Terrace Public Library. There are 30 library locations in Hillsborough County including the book mobile.

Hillsborough County Library
900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602
813.273.3652

Find a library location near you.

Moving to Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Located in the Northeastern region of Florida, Jacksonville, is the largest city in the state and is in Duval County.  Jacksonville has 885 square miles of land and water with a population of 800,000 plus people.  The major highways that run through Jacksonville are I-10, I-95, and I-295.

The Miami Dolphins

Miami

The Miami Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to have a perfect season (17 and 0 in 1972) and have won two Super Bowls (1972 and 1973). The Dolphins have an enormous fan base both in Florida and around the world.

Sandsprit Park

Stuart

Fishing piers, boat ramps, pavilions, and a playground are a few things you’ll find at Sandsprit Park in Stuart. Located at the entrance to Manatee Pocket Sandsprit Park is great place to launch your boat, fish, or have a party in one of the many pavilions.

Rollins College

Winter Park

Winter Park is home to Rollins College Florida’s oldest recognized college. As a private liberal arts school Rollins College provides a challenging undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Rollins also has the top rated Crummer Graduate School of Business and the Hamilton Holt School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in an evening studies program.

The Tap Room

Orlando

When the Inside Florida team visits Orlando, the Tap Room is one of our favorite lunch spots. Sitting on the porch is especially nice. We have tried most of the food and sandwiches, salads, burgers, and shrimp and crab cakes are all excellent.

Valencia Community College

Orlando

Valencia Community College in Orlando is famous for its fine arts program, specifically the film school. Valencia has about 42,000 students that attend classes at 7 different locations in and around Orlando

Dubsdread Golf Course

Orlando

On the northern edge of Orlando almost on the border of Winter Park is Dubsdread Public Golf course.

The course is just minutes from downtown Orlando and features an 18-hole course that is a relatively short 6,055 yards and a great restaurant.

Bowl Games in Florida

As snow ice and sleet pound much of the US Florida is bathed in sunshine - perfect weather for the 6 bowl games in the sunshine state.  There are two bowl games in Miami, two in Orlando and games in Tampa and Jacksonville.

Central Florida Community College

Ocala

CFCC is a fully accredited two-year college that was originally established in 1957.  There are several campuses that serve the counties of Marion, Citrus, and Levy.

The Ocala Campus is located on State Road 200, west of downtown Ocala and east of Interstate Highway 75. There are also campuses in Chiefland, Lecanto, and West Ocala.

Area Code 904

Area Code 904 is located in northeastern Florida in a region called the First Coast.  The 904 area code is in 6 counties - Duval, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Nassau, and St Johns.

Area Code 352

Area Code 352 is used in 13 Florida counties:  Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Marion, Pasco, Putnam, Sumter, and Taylor counties.  The western boundary of area code 352 borders the Gulf of Mexico.

Satchels Pizza

Gainesville

Satchel’s Pizza is a unique and delicious dining experience.  Satchel’s offers amazing salads, calzones, cold beer, and some of the best pizza in the Gainesville, FL. Whether you sit inside, in the garden, or in the beat up old van out front, you are guaranteed to love the fresh made pizza served at Satchel’s.

Flagler College

St Augustine

In the Center of St. Augustine on the site of the historic Hotel Ponce de Leon is Flagler College. Just a few miles from the pristine beaches of St Augustine Flagler College is a private liberal arts college with about 2,000 students.

Duval County Residents Guide

Duval County

Duval County is home to over 830,000 people. The county provides many of the services that residents need such as public schools, water, garbage and recycling collection, and law enforcement.

Martin County Artifical Reefs

Martin County

Martin County and the City of Stuart are known for excellent fishing but many residents and visitors don’ know that some of the best fishing is on four (4) artificial reefs that sit between Jensen Beach and Stuart.

Jacksonville Sports and Recreation

Jacksonville

Sports and outdoor activities are a big part of life in Jacksonville and whether you’re a big football fan, golf fanatic or love to fish Jacksonville has the perfect game, course, or spot for you.

Florida Home Inspection

Florida has a reputation for having high homeowners insurance, however, there’s an easy way you can get up to a 50% discount on your home insurance - with an inspection focused on reducing wind damage and loss.

Florida Home Insurance

Many Americans call Florida home because of its beautiful coastline, beaches, and warm weather.  Its location also exposes Florida to hurricanes from the tropical waters.  Unfortunately, the exposure to hurricanes is one of the main reasons Florida home insurance rates are higher than the average.

Florida Car Insurance

Florida car insurance laws cover two main areas:  No Fault Law and Financial Responsibility Law.  These two laws protect you as a Florida driver and hold you accountable for accidents. You can only get auto insurance coverage from companies licensed by the Florida Department of Insurance.

Josephs Pizza

Jacksonville

If you love pizza you know that great pizza is rare. There are plenty of good pizza restaurants but that rare gem that you recommend to friends as great pizza is rare indeed. Josephs Pizza in Jacksonville is absolutely excellent.

Baby’s Coffee

Key West

If you love drinking quality coffee, you need to stop by Baby’s Coffee at Mile Marker 15 in Key West.  The specialty coffee shop has an assortment of Key West and specialty roasts, Hawaiin roasts, and decaf. 

Hanna Park

Jacksonville

Hanna Park in Jacksonville Florida is enormous and has beaches, a fresh water lake, a water playground with fountains, kayaking, fishing, and campsites. This 450 acre park is 17 miles east of Jacksonville and is also known for excellent surfing.

Florida Fishing Guide

Florida is known as the Fishing Capital of the World. And one of the best ways to catch the fish Florida is famous for is to fish with a professional fishing guide. Being a fishing guide in Florida requires both being a fishing expert and having a captains license.

Fishermens Hospital

Marathon

A community based hospital in the Middle Keys, Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon calls itself “The Hospital of Choice for the Florida Keys.” 

The Keys is a small community where everyone knows everyone and that’s exactly who Fishermen’s Hospital serves - neighbors, children, and friends.

World Martial Arts Center

Gainesville

Do you want your child to be confident, focused, and have a positive “can-do” attitude? Consider the unique teaching approach of the World Martial Arts Center located in Gainesville, FL.

Sunpass

Sunpass is the fastest way to cruise through tolls booths on many Florida highways. Sure it saves you money in most cases because you pay a lower toll but cruising through the toll booth without stopping is even a bigger savings - time.

Pioneer Lacrosse

Martin County

Drive past Jock Leighton Park in Palm City and you there is a good chance you will see a lacrosse practice or game underway. The Martin County Pioneer Lacrosse league has introduced hundreds of youths to lacrosse.

Sports Camps in Florida

How would you like your child to learn basketball at the Orlando Magic basketball camp or learn to play golf at the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy? They can at one of the many Florida Sports Camps that teach everything from basketball and golf to surfing and lacrosse.

St Lucie County Residents Guide

St Lucie County

St Lucie County is a small county along Florida’s east coast. It is located on the Treasure Coast between Indian River County (to the north side) and Martin County (to the south side.)

Port St Lucie Jobs

Port St. Lucie

Four out of the top 10 largest private employers in the Port St Lucie area are medical related companies.  Whether you’re looking for a full time or part time job, working in the medical and healthcare industry on the Treasure Coast gives you the most options for a job and career.

Florida Traffic Laws

To get anywhere in Florida you have to drive a car so it’s important that you are familiar with driving laws. Driving and traffic laws are determined in Tallahassee by the Florida Legislature.

St Lucie Medical Center

Port St. Lucie

The St Lucie Medical Center is the main hospital in Port St Lucie Florida. The hospital is located at 1800 SE Tiffany Avenue. This Port St Lucie Hospital has an emergency room and also offers Fast Track Services between 10am and 10pm.

University of Central Florida

Orlando

Based in Orlando The University of Central Florida is a public multi-campus metropolitan research university. UCF was founded in 1968 with campuses to serve its 11 surrounding counties. The University offers 95 Baccalaureate, 97 Master’s, and 28 Doctoral programs to the student population of over 46,000.

Jock Leighton Park

Palm City

Jock Leighton Park in Palm City has fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse. There is also a full skate park, playground, and several pavillions. The park is located at 3755 SW Mapp Road in Palm City.

Martin County Residents Guide

Martin County

Martin County is located on Florida’s east coast directly north of Palm Beach County. The region is called the Treasure Coast because of the large number of Spanish galleons that wrecked off the coast during the 17th and 18th centuries carrying gold and silver coins, jewelry and other artifacts.  The Treasure Coast runs along the Atlantic Ocean and includes several coastal counties: Indian River County, St Lucie County, and Martin County.

Florida Resident Discounts

As a resident of Florida you live in one of the top vacation destinations in the world. So you should take advantage of the theme parks but you should not pay full price.  The bigger theme parks such as SeaWorld, Disney World, and Busch Gardens offer Florida Residents a discount for multi day passes.

Florida Homeowners Insurance Savings

If you own a home in Florida then you know that home owners insurance can be expensive. The biggest cost for most Floridians is wind insurance, which is a distinct item. For many home owners close to the coast the wind portion of a home owners insurance premium can be 60 percent of the insurance cost.

Florida Homes

If you are moving to Florida then finding a home is probably one of your top priorities. Affordable home prices is one of the reasons people move to Florida and prices vary statewide drastically. To help you understand the price range of homes in Florida we put together an analysis of the top cities.

Alachua County Library

Alachua County

The Alachua County Library has 10 locations and two book mobiles that service more than 20 locations in Alachua County. Many of the libraries resources are available online.

Recycling in Alachua County

Alachua County

Alachua County and the cities in Alachua County provide comprehensive recycling services that range from curbside pickup to the County hazardous waste collection center and five additional rural collection centers.

Gainesville Private Schools

Gainesville

While Gainesville is famous for the University of Florida the public schools are about average for the State of Florida. The result is that some parents who can afford it put their children in private schools.

State of Florida Government

Tallahassee is where you will find the Governor, Department of State, Department of Education and every major branch of the State of Florida Government. The center of Florida government is housed in the new 22 story capitol building.