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50 Transplants vs. Natives By Marcy Shortuse Photos from the Boca Beacon archives Having lived in this state for almost 20 years now, I have become acclimated to the customs of the natives. One of the most noticeable lessons to be learned is when hurricane season comes around. I come from the land of tornadoes, where in a matter of seconds you have to find shelter before the building around you is turned into rubble. Luckily, tornadoes are more contained and move faster than hurricanes, so your likelihood of being squashed is smaller. But I remember running to the basement as a child, dragging my hamster and stuffed animals with me. As an adult I chased after tornadoes. Funny how things change. It’s not always easy to distinguish a Florida native from a transplant, but when hurricane season rolls around the difference becomes more apparent.


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