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30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Need You To Get Over Already

This isn’t Disney World. I repeat: Not Disney World.

Kris Norton

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1. The Panhandle Isn’t The Florida Outsiders Think Of

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Flickr user bigbirdz

Miami? Orlando? Mickey Mouse? That’s Florida Number 2. The Panhandle might as well be a world apart.

2. This Is The Real Florida

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Orlando Sentinel

The other Florida is overflowing with transplants – usually Northerners who moved to Florida to avoid the cold. The Panhandle is the real Florida, where you find the most lifelong locals.

3. That’s Not An Ocean

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Olaf Gradin via Flickr

That’s The Gulf. Don’t call it the ocean.

4. It’s All About College Football

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Flickr user flguardian2

Just because this is Florida doesn’t mean that everyone is a Miami Dolphins fan. The Panhandle is college football territory.

5. Panhandle Folks Might Be Gators

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Kentucky Sports Radio

If they attended The University of Florida, then they have a diehard allegiance to The Gators.

6. Maybe Even The Crimson Tide

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: USA Today

If you run into an Auburn or an Alabama fan, you’re not seeing things. They’re mostly transplants, but there’s a fair share of locals who went away for college and turned.

7. But They’re Probably Seminoles

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Husker Spot

Florida State University’s garnet and gold can be found all over and anyone who has a house divided around here definitely have some tension to cut through come game day.

8. Can You Stop Feeding The Seagulls? Thanks

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Giphy

Want to know why you see tourists but not locals feeding seagulls?

Keep feeding them and see how quickly it goes from being a picturesque beach moment to a scene from The Birds.

9. Panhandle Folks Can Celebrate New Year’s Twice If You Want

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

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You can ring in the New Year in Tallahassee at midnight and if you didn’t get the kiss you wanted, you can drive to Blountstown and try it all over again.

10. The Panhandle Time Warp Is Very Real

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Visit Panama City Beach Facebook

You made that phone call, what? Two days ago? Or maybe it was two weeks ago?

It’s easy to lose track of time here. That’s what happens when life’s a beach.

11. No, Your Phone Isn’t Broken

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Movie Fan Central

But it will act crazy. If you’re mid-Panhandle, you’ll probably experience your phone automatically switching time zones on its own. It’s not just you.

12. Remarking On The Humidity Won’t Make It Go Away

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

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Humidity is a way of life here in the Panhandle. If you have curly hair, prepare for a lot of crazy hair days. And if you have straight hair then stop showing off.

13. Yeah, That Could Be A Shark

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Blogspot

Sharks can be found here. But chances are, that Great White you just felt brush up against you? Seaweed.

14. Locals Are More Afraid Of The Yellow Flies Than The Sharks

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Troll.me

Were you just shot by a poison dart? Don’t worry, it’s just a yellow fly. If you’ve never been bit, you couldn’t possibly understand.

15. When Locals Say Wahoo, They Mean Baseball

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Pensacola Blue Wahoos Facebook

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, no less.

16. If It’s Not Sweet, It’s Not Tea

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Flickr user craigallen

Sweet tea is the only kind of tea you’ll find down here. Don’t bother asking for unsweetened. That’s just another way of saying you want brown water.

17. Panhandle Folks Are All About The Seafood

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Visit Pensacola Facebook

From crabs to sea bass to fish tacos and everything in between, it’s a Panhandle staple. If you don’t like fish, you’re going to be eating a lot of peanut butter and jelly.

18. Florida Jokes Are Especially Un-Funny Here

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Sharegif

Old people, Casey Anthony, hanging chads…Hilarious. They’re also irrelevant since they have nothing to do with the Panhandle.

19. This Is The Deep South

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Beautiful Holidays

The Panhandle is neighbors with Georgia and Alabama. Make no mistake–this is the South.

20. Congrats, You Noticed The Accent

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Some Ecards

Not everyone has that unique Southern twang with a dash of a bayou drawl. But the ones who do are more than likely tired of hearing about it.

21. Hey Out-Of-Towners, You Should Try Mexico For Spring Break!

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: 654limo.com

Panama City Beach may be gorgeous, but Mexico is definitely the place to be for spring break this year. Particularly because it’s far, far away from PCB. Tell all your friends!

22. Tourists Are The Worst

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Quick Meme

The downside to living in paradise is that it’s tourist season year-round. If it’s called tourist season, then why can’t we hunt them?

23. There Are Two Coasts

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Flickr user benfff85

The Emerald Coast, otherwise known as the Redneck Riviera to locals in the region, and The Forgotten Coast. One has all the condos, tourists, and parties, the other has a lot of locals and oysters.

24. Snowbirds Are Hit Or Miss

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Flickr users Larry and Teddy page

Snowbirds are the people who live here while winter is going on in their real home. They’re not all bad. Many come here and adapt to the ways of the Panhandle. But a lot don’t.

The ones who don’t are just as bad as the spring break tourists but drive a thousand times worse.

25. It Actually Gets Cold Here

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Dumpaday

It even gets so cold sometimes, the people here have to trade their flip flops in for closed-toe shoes. It can be a pretty rough life.

26. No One Loves The Love Bugs

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Flickr user jimmy thomas

They’re just a reality you have to deal with for a month out of the year here.

27. Pick That Up

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Tumblr

That might just be a straw wrapper or a water bottle to you. But multiply it by 25,000 and you have a real problem. This might be vacation for you, but it’s home to the people who live here.

28. Remember, This Is The Bible Belt

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Daniel Oines via Flickr

In case there was any doubt in your mind, rest assured that this is very much the Bible Belt. Be respectful and act accordingly.

29. Yes, Santa Visits The Panhandle

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Porto Fino Island Facebook

Snowmen made of sand, pink flamingos draped in lights, and Santa on a surfboard? It’s beginning to look a lot like a Panhandle Christmas!

30. They Always Come Back

30 Things People From The Florida Panhandle Are Tired Of Explaining

Source: Quick Meme

If you still decide that you’re leaving, that’s okay. Everybody makes mistakes. And it won’t take you very long before you figure out yours and come running back home.

What are you exhausted explaining about the Florida Panhandle? Tell us in the comments below!

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posted on: March 30, 2015
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9 Comments

  1. Deb

    Its a buggy – not a grocery cart.

  2. Sara clay

    Actually, we get along quite fine without the tourists, thank you. We have an economy with manufacturing, services and the military and have remarkably few booms and busts.

  3. Tina

    We are the redneck riviera. If you live between Gulf Shores AL and Panama City Fl you are part of it. I am right in the middle and love it!

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    23. REALLY?!!! Some things are best left alone! GET OUT! Your passport has been revoked.

  5. Anne

    Don’t be surprised if traffic stops to honor our deceased neighbor in a hearse headed to the cemetery. Also, if someone let’s you out in traffic, you throw up you hand in a jester of thanks. Don’t just pull out and ignore their kindness. We are Southern and our Mama’s taught us manners.

  6. Suzan Rivers

    I’m from Crestview and that area can get extremely colder than the rest of the Panhandle area. Wet cold is horrible….

  7. Debbie

    I was behind one of our great snowbirds when he just stopped on the intercoms talk bridge, got out and began taking pictures! This was at 4:00 PM when every human was trying to leave the beach! Oh, and they think the white sand is like snow so they used to drive out in it (not on it – haha).

  8. Ron Rich

    We don’t give a hoot how you do things up north! If you came here to complain you can always go back home!

  9. Cherie Podolnick Ward

    yup what they said….and I’ve lived all over the U.S. and few places overseas but the Panhandle (Fort Walton Beach, Valparaiso and Niceville to be exact) is home. There’s not a prettier beach, tastier food or nicer people. I’m also sure at some point I’ll find myself back there to live…but that’s okay like I said…its home!

 

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