The Florida Code

    when giving directions in Florida, you must always start with the words,
    "take I-75," "take I-4" or "take I-95."

    When crossing the border into Florida forget all driving rules you ever knew.

    If you're a snowbird or a non-working retiree, you absolutely cannot drive between
    the hours of 6 A.M. to 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. this is considered to be RUSH HOUR and you are not in any
    rush. NO EXCEPTIONS. But you will drive anyway.

    Freeways can only go north and south ... Not east and west except Alligator Alley.

    Tolls are a fact of life, the state has to make money, so deal with it!

    I-275 (Tampa area) will always be under construction . . . that's the law and there is nothing anyone can do about
    it, period!

    'A1A' and 'Alt. A1A' are the same road.

    Traffic lights are not timed and never will be.

    We measure the distance we travel in time - not miles.

    If you travel more than 20 miles on any road in any part of Florida without seeing an orange barricade, you're lost!

    If you miss your exit on I-75, I-4 or I-275, its perfectly acceptable to BACK UP!

    Every street in Florida has both a name and a number ( i . e . Adamo = Rte. . 60 just for the heck of it -- and also
    for the pleasure we get from reaction of visitors when we give them directions.

    Once the light turns green, only 3 cars can go through the intersection eight more go through on yellow, and 4
    more on red.

    Know the difference between SunPass, SunFest, Sun-Sentinel and SunTrust.

    Flip flops, tank tops and baggy shorts are also known as business casual. Plaids and stripes of different colors at
    the same time are the norm.

    Your car's signal blinker means nothing. It should be left on at all times.

    English is our first and second language.

    It is perfectly acceptable to brag about the size of your emergency generator.

    We have alligators here in Florida and they WILL bite you. Don't be stupid and try to feed or pet one.

    When a hurricane is headed our way, even though you have advance warning and you are told to be prepared,
    you're not a true Floridian unless you wait until the absolute last minute to go to Home Depot to pick up plywood
    or to Publix to stock up water, ice, and potato chips.

    You know how to spell Okeechobee. There is an Okeechobee Lake, Town, County, Blvd, Street, and Avenue.

    A true Floridian does NOT own a boat. They make friends with someone who already owns one. That way you
    don't have to deal with any of the headaches.

    You weren't born here. If you were, you're angry that anyone else has moved here.

    There's always a Walgreens across the street from a CVS on nearly every corner - with more being built every
    day.

    When picking up a woman on South Beach, always check for an Adams apple.

    It's normal to sweat when you are putting up your holiday decorations.

    In south Florida the four seasons are summer.

    There is a city called 'The Villages' where over 100,000 old people live that all drive golf carts and dance in the
    streets. 65% of these people are swingers; the rest just got too old to care about it. (They have the highest
    number of cases of VD/STD in the state!)

    Jupiter is a city, not a planet.

    Seniors have to do their errands during the weekdays . . . not weeknights or weekends . . . that's for the working
    folks.

    There are three types of dolphins: Mahi-mahi, Flipper, and also a football team.

    You can't say; 'this is how we did it up north'. If you think that way, then go back up north and do it that way. Just
    remember, I-95 and I-75 run both ways.

    No matter what they decide in Tallahassee you will never, ever be able to figure out your property taxes.

    Learn how to dress in layers. It will be 95 degrees outside. But inside any restaurant or business it's 65 degrees.

    With the slightest hint of a hurricane your house insurance will be cancelled ..

    The biggest Asian pythons are in the Everglades .

    You want to live > > on a lake? Dig a hole.

    Early bird dinner starts at 4 but be there at 3. Always have plastic bags in your purse or pocket for the packets of
    sugar, Splenda, additional servings from the buffet, etc.

    True Floridians rarely go to the local beach except Miami.. These are recognized by the tobacco-colored leather
    skin.

    Don't think of going to Boca unless you are wearing at least once piece of gold lame'.

    Always be observant of cars backing through store windows or into canals and swimming pools.

    Note that most cars are driven by headless drivers. When seen the head always has white hair and over-sized,
    black wrap-around sunglasses.


    Another one for Floridians......from December-March when the temps are in the 60s or 70s on the beach and the
    water is in the 60s, you know we live here because we are the ones in our jeans and jackets( but still barefoot)
    walking on the beach saying" Look at those silly snowbirds in the water"

    At the theme parks when the temps hit the low 70s same thing....we will be in our jackets and long pants, but a lot
    of us will still be in flip flops because we don't own "real shoes"