Despite the dropping real estate market, hurricanes and gas prices, many resident Floridians couldn't see themselves anywhere else.  Friends Kelly Taylor, left, Shauna Kreher, middle, and Elizabeth Solomon, right, all became friends at Bonita Beach, a place they call their second home.  Kreher and Solomon came to Florida less than a year ago for teaching positions and Solomon plans on retiring here.  '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 Kelly Taylor, left, Shauna Kreher, middle, and Elizabeth Solomon, right, all became friends at Bonita Beach, a place they call their second home. Kreher and Solomon came to Florida less than a year ago for teaching positions and Solomon plans on retiring here. "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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