Despite the dropping real estate market, hurricanes and gas prices, many resident Floridians couldn't see themselves anywhere else.  Friends Shauna Kreher, left, and Elizabeth Solomon, right, came to Florida less than a year ago and have made themselves right at home at Bonita Beach.  'Real estate prices are the same, gas prices are higher, and it's cold there' said Kreher referring to Chicago, her last residence.  Michel Fortier/Staff

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Despite the dropping real estate market, hurricanes and gas prices, many resident Floridians couldn't see themselves anywhere else. Friends Shauna Kreher, left, and Elizabeth Solomon, right, came to Florida less than a year ago and have made themselves right at home at Bonita Beach. "Real estate prices are the same, gas prices are higher, and it's cold there" said Kreher referring to Chicago, her last residence. Michel Fortier/Staff

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