Don't be confused ragman. That is my personal experience from living in the NE for 19 years, then in S Fla for 10, then continuing on to other areas of the country, settling for the last 20 plus years in Central Texas.
Sarasota isnt' what people think of when you say S. Fla. They are thinking of the Miami, Ft Laurderdale area. Sarasota is the West Coast of Fla. It's over by Bradenton, St. Pete and Tampa. Yeah, they are quite nice there.
I've had multiple friends visit me from S. Fla, and each and every one one of them have announced to me after venturing forth on their own for the day, and coming home, how they were floored how friendly people were.
If you're used to the level of friendliness in one place, and go to another, the difference may hit you in the face like a bright light.
Ok, there are friendly people in S. Fla. Of course there are.
Come visit me for a week and let me know what you think of the people here. I'll put you up in my back bedroom.
lordyaswas - it looks like I've been walking through wood stain again.