See larger Despite the dropping real estate market, hurricanes and gas prices, many resident Floridians and families on vacation couldn't see themselves being anywhere else.  The Wood family, Matthew, 7, left, and father Vince Sr., right, have been coming to Southwest Florida from their home in Atlanta off and on for 17 years.  They appreciate all the outdoor activities and relaxed atmosphere the region has to offer.   Michel Fortier/Staff

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Despite the dropping real estate market, hurricanes and gas prices, many resident Floridians and families on vacation couldn't see themselves being anywhere else. The Wood family, Matthew, 7, left, and father Vince Sr., right, have been coming to Southwest Florida from their home in Atlanta off and on for 17 years. They appreciate all the outdoor activities and relaxed atmosphere the region has to offer. Michel Fortier/Staff

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