“Wall Street Leaves New York” (Mansion, Feb. 26) contains the surprising quote from a New York real-estate agent describing Florida as a “cultural wasteland.” I would like to offer a different perspective. As a recent transplant, I have found that Florida is home to some of the finest cultural institutions anywhere.
In addition to the major hub of art and culture in Miami, the Palm Beaches are the backdrop to the renowned Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach and many others, including the Norton Museum of Art, where I am the director and CEO. The Norton Museum of Art, founded in 1941 and one of the oldest institutions in Palm Beach, has the most far-ranging collection of art in Florida and the region.
These organizations make our community a cultural hub, boasting incredible arts, entertainment and education opportunities for residents, part-time residents and tourists. Recently, art galleries and auction houses, too, have migrated to Palm Beach and West Palm Beach to better serve their clients, which has further added to the breadth and depth of our cultural landscape.
This vibrant cultural scene, in fact, is one of the reasons so many are migrating to Florida.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Here in Jacksonville, Fla., we have museums, art galleries, theater, music events, sporting events, restaurants, lecture series. We also have gorgeous beaches and weather that permits being outside all year.
One of the best things about living in Jacksonville is that the cost of living is low. The city has some amazing homes and condominiums, some located on the Atlantic Ocean and some on the St. Johns River. Your money goes a long way here. We have low property taxes in Duval County, too.
I’ve met many people who have moved here from the northeast, and you know what? They love it here.
Ellen G. Setzer
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Appeared in the March 8, 2021, print edition.