In the month of August alone, thousands of New York residents left their liberal state and moved to the more Republican-led state of Florida.
Breaking the record, 5,844 New Yorkers got Florida driver’s licenses last month. Data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles was analyzed by the New York Post. It showed that in 2022, more than 41,000 people from crime-ridden New York made their way to southern areas.
“First, it was the billionaires. Then it was the rich following behind them. Now you have the middle class,” said Alvin Valley, who moved from New York to Florida.
“A lot of families just began to feel like New York was becoming unlivable,” Valley added. “Especially for younger couples with kids in their thirties and forties. They don’t want to get on the subway. It’s a safety issue; it’s a school issue.”
When Democrat leaders shut down their states during COVID, a surge of people moved to Republican-led states. Florida has been a hotspot for people seeking to get out of liberal, high-crime areas.
John Macari, a retired NYPD Lieutenant, told the Post that COVID vaccine mandates along “with the rise in crime and zero competence from our elected officials and a lot of people just don’t see a future in New York City for themselves.”
It appears that New York politicians won’t let their people go without a fight. New York City Eric Adams tried to convince people in Florida to move to the liberal city by putting up false billboards. Some of the digital billboards talked about bills that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed, including the “Parental Rights in Education” law, which Democrats have falsely called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
“I am the mayor of New York City, but I have a message for Florida’s LGBTQ+ community — come to a city where you can say and be whoever you want,” Adams said in April. “Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill is the latest shameful, extremist culture war targeting the LGBTQ+ community. Today, we say to the families living in fear of this state-sponsored discrimination that you will always have a home in New York City.”
It appears that his efforts have failed as more New Yorkers continue to leave for Florida.
If the New York people bring their blue politics with them, it could leave Republicans in the minority, meaning the Sunshine State may not stay free for too long.