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Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, known for his controversial policies, based his presidential aspirations on Florida’s supposed prosperity. However, a recent report paints a different picture, depicting the state as a pressure cooker of scorching heat, high living expenses, and divisive politics. In a recent interview with NBC News, Floridians, both new and long-time residents, shared conflicting perspectives on the state’s vibe. Donna Smith, a former Tampa Bay resident of 30 years who relocated to Pennsylvania in December, lamented the loss of the relaxed beach community she once cherished. She described the current atmosphere as constantly stressful, fearing it could erupt at any moment. Despite Florida’s status as the second-fastest growing state in the U.S. last summer, with over 700,000 newcomers in 2022, there’s also a notable exodus. A states growth numbers only reflect new residents. But the real numbers are very different. Approximately 500,000 individuals left the state during the same period of 2023, highlighting the polarizing nature of Florida’s appeal. Another major reason for people leaving Florida is increasingly severe storms and hurricanes that have led to skyrocketing homeowners insurance rates, with a staggering 42% surge last year, amounting to an average of $6,000 per homeowner. This is the highest in the nation. Car insurance rates in Florida stand at a staggering 50% higher than the national average. Coupled with home prices soaring by 60% since 2020 and one of the lowest median salaries in the nation, the state grapples with a severe affordability crisis. Addressing these pressing issues demands bold and innovative solutions. DeSantis, on the other hand, is fanning the flames in culture war and fighting diversity and inclusion.